Kamil Yousuf – Reporter
On September 22, 2018, the Dyersburg High School Band participated in the WTSBOA (West Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association) marching festival to compete for a high individual rating with other schools in the West Tennessee area.
14 schools participated in the competition, including Bartlett, Huntingdon, Dyer County, Chester County, Milan, Peabody, Covington, West Carroll, Scott’s Hill, Southside, Henry County, South Gibson and Munford.
The WTSBOA marching festival competition scores range from one to five. The Dyersburg High School Marching Band percussion section scored a one (Superior), and the Band’s composite score was a two (Excellent).
There was a competition between the schools planned for the afternoon; however, this competition was cancelled because of rain.
The marching festival was a unique experience for all of the students in the band as they were able to meet with other schools and students from across West Tennessee. The band was also able to socialize with each other more during the competition.
“My favorite aspect [of the competition] was getting to see all of my friends and to see them rewarded for all of their work,” sophomore Will Webb said.
While Dyersburg did not make the highest rating compared to other schools, the experience gave the band an understanding of how these competitions work and an incentive to improve for future competitions.