Wando High School took top honors at the South Carolina 5A State Marching Band Championships Saturday, the 11th time the school has taken home first prize.
In all, 14 bands vied for a spot in the finals and eight made it to the last round of the competition, which was held at Irmo High School. Wando won for overall music performance, visual performance and for overall effect for their piece, "Electra, Birth of Light," according to a statement by the school's band program.
"This is indeed an honor for all of us," said Bobby Lambert, Wando’s director of bands, in a statement. "Eleven state championships is a feat not seen in many other arenas."
Summerville High School and Ashley Ridge High School also competed, placing third and sixth, respectively, said Rebecca Imholz, a spokeswoman for the Bands of Wando. Fort Dorchester High School competed but did not make the finals.
The band was named state champion for nine straight years, 2005-2013, and again in 2015. Wando did not appear in the state competition in 2014 or 2016 in order to participate in the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, finishing in the top 12 both times.
Wando's score of 96.7 was also the highest on record for the state competition, breaking the previous high score of 96.3, Imholz said.
"Our school and administrators are incredibly supportive along with some of the best parental and community support one could ask," Lambert's statement said. "Our students created a truly amazing performance. We’re so proud of their accomplishment but also the incredible character they displayed in front of the entire state."
In addition to being named South Carolina state champion on Saturday, Wando placed second out of 31 groups at the Bands of America Super Regionals in Atlanta the weekend prior.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page has proclaimed Monday to be Bands of Wando Day, according to a statement by Wando.
The group's next performance will be a fall concert at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Dr. Lynda Davis Performing Arts Center at Wando High School.