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Indian Land and Nation Ford high school

The Nation Ford High School Marching Band Student Leadership Team revels in the school's first-place finish at Upper State.
The Nation Ford High School Marching Band Student Leadership Team revels in the school's first-place finish at Upper State.

The sound of music is all the much sweeter in the township this week.

Not only are the Indian Land, Nation Ford and Fort Mill marching bands officially among the best in the Upper State of South Carolina, two of them are the best in their divisions. Indian Land and Nation Ford both placed first in competition this past weekend, clearing them to compete in Saturday's State Marching Band competition.

Fort Mill finished third place in class 4A, behind Northwestern and Clover high schools and will also contend for an S.C. State title.

After a long day of morning practice, afternoon competition and more than four hours of waiting for the competition results, members of the Nation Ford High Marching Band were thrilled to hear the final results announced, drum major Jaclyn Turner said.

"It was so great," Turner said. "We got out there and Mr. D. (Director Martin Dickey) said, 'You get one chance and it's over.' We did a good show. I think it was better than last week and that's all we can ask for is to do our best show."

Last year, Nation Ford's Marching Band competed in the 2A division at the State competition and brought home second place.

Saturday, they will compete in class 3A at the State competition at Woodmont High School.

Indian Land High School Director Mathew Willis said before the competition that he credited his students' success to the fact that they genuinely want to be better musicians.

This is the fourth consecutive first-place win this season for the Indian Land Marching Band. Their last first place win at the State competition was in 2001, a victory they aim to repeat Saturday.

"If you'd asked me five or six weeks ago would we do this well this year, I don't know if this would even have been on my radar," Willis said. "But as I've seen what the kids are capable of and how hard they'll work, with the work they've done, I'm not surprised in hindsight."

Fort Mill's Marching Band took home third place at last year's State competition.

They compete in the 4A State championships at Batesburg-Leesville High School on Saturday.

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