October 14, 2018
By: Bill Conger
The DeKalb County High School Fighting Tiger Band is the overall Class Double-A Champion after taking first place Saturday in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The 36-member band won top honors at the Middle Tennessee Small Band Championship. Judges scored D.C.H.S. third out of all the bands. Band Director Tracy Luna says the band was also judged on how well it performed among all the Division II bands that were there with a school population of 1,000 or less.
“We also collected a grand division winning trophy for all the Division II bands, which is terrific,” Luna said. “The band scores were superior ratings all the way across. Color guard and percussion did well, but we were in the middle of the pack. Overall, we scored 2s with percussion and color guard. The percussion judge gave out only one superior all day.”
“I’m very proud of the kids,” Luna adds. “My whole mantra this year has been small band proud and being the best they can be. No matter what the score ends up being, put the work into it and results will come out of it.”
Drum major Axel Rico was first place in the Double-A division and third place overall with a score of 95 out of the 15 participating bands.
The band is off for the second week of Fall Break. Next, the band travels to the Foothills Classic in Seymour, TN on October 27.