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Nation Ford band wins Upper State title

Nation Ford competes in the S.C. Upper State Band Championship. The Falcons marching band won the title and moves on to vie for the state title.
Nation Ford competes in the S.C. Upper State Band Championship. The Falcons marching band won the title and moves on to vie for the state title.

Nation Ford High School won the top spot at Saturday’s class 4A Upper State competition.

York County swept the top spots at the competition, with second place going to York Comprehensive High School and third place to Northwestern High School. Nation Ford will compete Oct. 31 in the state championship at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

“The students had a really good performance of their show and they were excited at their improvement over the last couple of weeks,” said Nation Ford director Martin Dickey. “I am excited that the students love the show, love to perform, and are maturing over the course of the season.”

While a win is exciting, Dickey said he wants to focus on each student performing to the best of his or her abilities for the state competition.

“We want them to be the best they can be. We can only control ourselves and how hard we work,” he said. “The Nation Ford band staff works with students to learn life lessons as opposed to the short term lessons of wins or losses. Our goal is to help students become better all-around citizens through a positive and life changing experience in band.”

Indian Land High School marching band’s competition season ended Saturday when it failed to secure a spot in the state championship.

Fort Mill High School will compete in the Bands of America Super Regional competition, also on Oct. 31. The band will perform in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome during the two-day competition. Forty-three bands from 12 states will compete in the preliminary competition. The top 12 bands advance to the finals.

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