The Pride of Piedmont marching band claimed its eighth straight Class 4A state championship last weekend. This is the band’s tenth state championship in the last eleven years. The Pride finished in second place overall, finishing just .6 points behind Coweta.
The Pride captured its Class 4A title by winning all three captions; music, visual and general effect during preliminary competition. Piedmont beat out Sallisaw and Ft. Gibson in its class.
In finals competition, the Pride was mere decimal points behind grand champion Coweta. Piedmont finished with an overall score of 84, while Coweta finished with a score of 84.6. The Pride finished .5 points behind Coweta in the music caption, 4.5 points behind Coweta in the visual caption and one point behind Coweta in the general effect caption.
“I’m very pleased with our performance,” Director Darnell Zook said. “We performed well twice when it mattered. The kids are satisfied and we believe that was the best we could perform at that moment. It’s been a very interesting situation, to win 4A state and have something higher to shoot for. Right now, we’re doing a lot of things right. We lost to a school who is about one and a half times larger than us. We had a huge
crowd of supportive fans, like we always do. I couldn’t be more proud of our kids.”
The Pride of Piedmont will now refocus and set their sights on their trip to Atlanta a week from today. The Pride will be competing in the Bands of America Super Regional at the Georgia Dome.
“We leave a week from (today) and we will be gone for about four days,” Zook said. “In addition to our performance, we will also tour a few things in the area. We’re taking it a little easy this week, and next week we will be back full tilt and then off to Georgia. Show wise, we have a few things that we’re going to tweak. Most all of the schools at the contest have enrollments of over 3,500. We will definitely be one of the smallest schools there, but we are very excited to compete against some of the best groups in the country.”
Piedmont will perform at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29.