Knox Central High School Band Moves on to Regionals

 

Photos by Jessica Miller Knox Central saxophone players march and diligently play their parts of the Phantom of the Opera music.
Photos by Jessica Miller
Knox Central saxophone players march and diligently play their parts of the Phantom of the Opera music.

The Knox Central High School Marching Band has had a great season this year. They compete in the Class 3A, which is based on school size not the size of the band. They earned a distinguished in concert band. Band Director, Darrell Dixon, recaps their season so far, “I’ve got a really good group of players. These guys can really play. We started with low scores despite the judges saying this was the best we looked coming out of the gate, we were given a 41 out of 100. Then we went to a

Knox Central color guard members perform to the music from The Phantom of the Opera.
Knox Central color guard members perform to the music from The Phantom of the Opera.

49 in our second competition, then we jumped to a 62.” In order to make it to regionals they had to compete in two marching band competitions this fall semester and the concert band season last semester.

Additionally, it used to be required that marching bands had to score at least a 60 to go to regionals. That rule is no longer in place, but Dixon has kept that as a rule and standard for Knox Central’s band and because they earned a score of 62 this semester they will be moving on to regionals. Ten bands will compete in the regional competition and the top eight will move onto the semi-finals. Dixon highlights a few of his musicians, “I’ve got my two seniors this year,

Knox Central xylophone players begin the introduction to the performance.
Knox Central xylophone players begin the introduction to the performance.

Stephen Sparks my tuba player, and Jesse Keys my baritone player, will be leaving me this year. I’ve got my soloist, Jonathon Rigney on trumpet. I only have three clarinets, but they are all really good players, William Wilson, Tara Newsome, and Nathan Hensley.”

The Knox Central High School Band went on to compete in Easter Class 3A Regionals Saturday, Oct. 24. The Panthers received a half point penalty for trying to speed up their tempo, which resulted in them finishing their music seven seconds too early. They finished in tenth place with a score of 64.25, which is the best score they received all season.