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VIDEO | Wando Marching Band finishes 6th at Band of America Grand Nationals

(Jenny Gill Photography)

The Wando Marching Band is celebrating after a successful weekend in Indianapolis, where they finished sixth out of 108 bands at the Band of America Grand Nationals.

Wando High School says it their highest finish ever in five appearances at the premier marching band competition in the nation.

The band's performance was titled "By a Thread," and was inspired by the works of Alexander Calder.

“We had three amazing performances, and most of the groups who placed ahead of us have won a national championship,” explained senior Davis Ginn. “We are very proud of our performances at Grand Nationals & proud to represent Wando and the state of South Carolina.”

The band faced plenty of adversity on the way to their incredible finish. Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael took multiple rehearsal away from the band.

They also won the regional championship despite a malfunctioning speaker system, forcing them to perform their entire routine without any electronics.

The adversity didn't end there. The prop truck also broke down in Kentucky, 5 hours from Indianapolis. The band was forced to rehearse without any props, tubas, percussion, or color guard flags. However, the truck was able to make it before the big performance.

“We felt like there were so many things against us on Thursday,” Wando Band Director Bobby Lambert said. “Then they walked onto that field for prelims, and it seemed like nothing could stop them.”

For more information on the band, you can go to their website.


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