November has been a busy and successful month for the Signal Mountain High School Marching Band.
"So we ended up going to the state competition in Smyrna, Tennessee for Division Two, two weeks ago and walked away with first place there,” explained Director of bands, Drew Buckner.
It was the first State Championship for the band.
It was wonderful recognition for those guys and girls. But there to time to celebrate, no time for a self-marching parade. They had to get back to work.
"Like we won state and then we went to practice like two days later, and we were like, ok we're going to practice then we're going to Grand Nationals,” laughed 12-grade trumpeter, Trevor McGhie. “It didn't change anything, we're still gonna work hard."
The band traveled to Indianapolis to compete for the first time in the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Lucas Oil Stadium.
"You walk onto that field and you're like, ok, this is a field that sets everything,” said Trevor. “Like, professionals play here and everything."
This was a huge step not only for Signal Mountain Schools but also, for the state of music in Tennessee.
"It's our understanding that only nine bands in Tennessee history have ever made it to semi-finals, which was a big deal for our kids,” said Buckner.