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RHHS band wins grand champion
Coastal Empire Classic Competitions 126
The drum majors and other leaders of the Richmond Hill High School Marching Band celebrate Oct. 8 after competing in the Coastal Empire Classic. - photo by Photo provided.

The Richmond Hill High School Marching Band opened its 2011 competition season Oct. 8 with performances at the Coastal Empire Classic Marching Band Competition at Effingham County High School in Springfield. 
The Wildcats’ show, “Perpetual Motion,” earned them awards for best musical performance, best visual, best general effect and best in class, in addition to the Grand Champion Award for best overall band regardless of class.
The band also received superior scores across the board in all categories, including color guard, percussion, drum major, music, visual, general effect and overall performance. The band’s drum majors and color guard came in second place overall.
Fifteen bands performed and twelve competed in the event. The Wildcats’ performance of “Perpetual Motion” scored 92 points for first place. Bremen High School placed second with an 88. 
“I have been so proud of the students this year,” RHHS band director Dr. Daniel Kiene said.
“We have worked together to clean up music and marching technique to perform our most challenging show to date. Our kids never stop moving in our ‘Perpetual Motion’ show.”               
The Wildcats will compete at the Eagles Nest Invitational Marching Competition this weekend at Collins Hill High School.
The powerhouse bands from Walton and Norcross high schools also will be competing.
The Wildcats’ final competition is at the Lafayette Marching Classic on Oct. 22 at Fayette County High School.
“The trip is worth the show,” band officials said. “Please come out and support these talented and hardworking students.”

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