Power Band continues to reign in Rock

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The Lake Hamilton High School Power Band of Arkansas clinched another state title on Saturday with their sixth straight championship first-place finish at Rock.

The Power Band has won the annual competition in each of the six years it has been held. Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium on Saturday hosted 20 of the state’s top bands for this year’s event.

Lake Hamilton was named grand champion of Class A, the competition’s biggest group division, in the preliminaries. Bands are ranked based on the number of students in each band instead of school enrollment.

The Class A Awards for Outstanding Musical Performance, Visual Performance, General Effects, Percussion, and Guarding went to Lake Hamilton. Cabot High School Band placed third and Siloam Springs High School Band placed second.

The Bentonville High School Pride Marching Band hasn’t competed in the championship since 2013, when it placed second behind Lake Hamilton. Bentonville was scheduled to participate in 2015, but Pride was one of 10 to withdraw due to weather travel issues.

The Benton High School Band was named the Class B Grand Champion and received awards for outstanding musical performance, visual performance, percussion, and guard. The Arkadelphia High School Badger Pride Band won the Outstanding Overall Effect award and took second place. The Pocahontas Marching Redskins placed third in the division.

The Malvern High School Leopard Marching Band was named the Class C Grand Champion in the preliminaries and won awards for outstanding musical performance, visual performance, and general effects. The El Dorado High School Orchestra came in second and won the Outstanding Custody Award. The Marion High School Patriot Pride Marching Band placed third and received the award for Outstanding Percussion.

The Fountain Lake Cobra Band placed third in Class D and won the Outstanding Percussion Award. The Cobra Band was the first to perform on Saturday morning. Fountain Lake was named the Class D Grand Champion in the 2015 preliminary round and won awards for its overall effect and outstanding musical performance.

The Gurdon High School Band was named this year’s Grand Class D Champion with awards for Outstanding Musical Performance, Visual Performance, General Effects, and Guarding. The Star City Bulldog Regiment placed second.

Lake Hamilton scored the highest of 12 teams to qualify for the final open competition. The Power Band won global awards for outstanding musical performance, visual performance, and general effects.

Cabot passed Siloam Springs to take second place in the final. The Legacy of Bryant group finished behind Siloam Springs to take fourth place. Arkadelphia placed fifth.

The rest of the top 10, in order, were Benton, Texas High School, Greenwood, Pocahontas and Mountain Home. Malvern finished in 11th place and Gurdon in 12th.

Hot Springs High School and the Showband of Lakeside also concluded their championship walking seasons. Lakeside placed eighth in the 2015 final and Fountain Lake ninth.

Local on 02/11/2016


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