It's shaping up to be a winning season for the Indian Land High School Marching Band, which brought home another first place win this week.
The band competed at the Blythewood Tournament of Bands Saturday against 10 other bands, taking home first place in the 1A division and first place for music in the 1A class.
Marching bands from Fort Mill and Nation Ford high schools also took home awards from weekend competition, but neither won first place in a category.
The Indian Land High School Marching Band, like many around the state, has two competitions left in the season and they will be the bands' most difficult competitions.
This week will be spent preparing for the South Carolina Upper State competition Saturday, Oct. 18, at Clinton High School. If the bands score high enough in the Upper State competition, they will qualify for the Oct. 25 State Championship.
Last year, Indian Land's band finished fourth in the Upper State competition and seventh overall.
For members of the Fort Mill High School Marching Band, who also competed in Blythewood last weekend, it was a rainy, windy Saturday night.
The band competed in the 4A division and earned third-place honors behind Rock Hill High School and Summerville High School. Indian Land performed in the morning, before the bad weather rolled in.
Fort Mill Marching Band Drum Major Celeste Seymour said the wind and rain made it difficult to march and perform, but overall, the students and directors were pleased with the their performance.
The Fort Mill band will also spend the week preparing for the 4A South Carolina Upper State competition Saturday.
The bands must score among the top six to qualify for the Oct. 25 State championship.
"We have stuff to fix, as always, but we're still really positive," Seymour said.
Nation Ford High School traveled to the Western Carolina Tournament of Bands last Saturday and competed against some of the best bands in the Southeast, according to Nation Ford Director Martin Dickey.
They scored third place overall in the 3A class, and scored the highest marks in the division for music.
Their third-place finish in 3A earned them a spot in the finals competition, which was the band's ultimate goal for the event.
In the final competition, the band finished in seventh place.
Nation Ford will compete in the 3A Upper State Championship Saturday in Clinton.