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Wando Band once again takes top spot

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Wando High came out on top in what has become an annual tournament celebrating the life of a Summerville icon.

The Gus Moody Memorial Tournament of Bands returned for its third year in a row, held on Sept. 23 at Memorial Stadium in Summerville. The tournament is named for James Augustus “Gus” Moody, the former band director of Summerville High. Moody, a lover of jazz and a skilled saxophonist, passed away in April 2015 from cancer.

Participating bands were Berkeley High, James Island Charter High School, Fort Dorchester High, Cane Bay High, Blythewood High, Hanahan High, Lexington High, Stratford High and Wando High, with an exhibition by the Summerville High School Competitive Performance Ensemble.

Wando High was named the top overall band in this year’s performance. Stratford High placed second overall and Blythewood High placed third.

Recognitions are as follows:

Most Outstanding Color Guard

Class 1: James Island Charter High School

Class 2: Lexington High

Class 3: Wando High

Most Outstanding Percussion

Class 1: James Island Charter High School

Class 2: Blythewood High

Class 3: Wando High

Most Outstanding Visual

Class 1: James Island Charter High

Class 2: Lexington High

Class 3: Wando High

Most Outstanding Music:

Class 1: James Island High

Class 2: Blythewood High

Class 3: Wando High

Class 1 Placement

First place: James Island Charter School

Second place: Berkeley High

Class 2 Placement

First place: Blythewood High

Second place: Lexington High

Third place: Fort Dorchester High

Class 3 Placement

First place: Wando High

Second place: Stratford High

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