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Band ends season on a very high note

Letcher County Central High School’s Marching Cougars band has delivered another award-winning performance — this time at the United States Scholastic Association Mid-South Regional competition at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

A dozen of the southeast region’s top high school bands — including one all the way from Spartanburg, S.C. — participated in the event on Oct. 31.

The LCC Band finished second in a very competitive division, which included perennial powerhouse J.J. Kelly High School of Wise.

The Marching Cougars outscored the Kelly High Indians, something that a local band has not done very often.

Another southwest Virginia band — Honaker High — took home the first-place trophy in the division. Less than a point separated Honaker from LCC.

The Cougar band’s percussion section also won second-place honors in its category.

Just three weeks ago, the LCC band captured two first-place trophies at the McChesney Band Festival in Big Stone Gap, Va.

The band’s field commander, Kelli Brock, won the top prize in her division, and so did the band’s drum line.

Dr. Jason Griffith has been the band’s director for four years.

He said is very proud of what his very young performers achieved this season.

“They worked so hard and were so dedicated,” said Griffith. “And look how it paid off.”

Griffith told The Mountain Eagle that his band received a lot of praise and compliments from other area band directors.

“It’s clear our program is very much on the rise,” added Griffith, “and we’re very excited about that.”

Thought he is thrilled at the band’s recent success, Griffith predicts the best is still yet to come.

The band has just over 30 members this year. Dr. Griffith said that number could grow to as many as 60 when next year’s band takes the field.

Now that marching season has come to an end, the LCC band will shift its focus to concert season.

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