The Ringgold High School Band recently won the overall competition in the White-Columns Invitational Band Festival in Alpharetta, Ga., and the Super Bowl of Sounds in Carrolton, Ga.
On Nov. 11, the Tigers will walk the streets of New York with 30,000 others who will be participating in the citys annual Veterans Day Parade.
Im very pleased with he season weve had, Director Robin Christian said. Now were off to march in a parade in New York. Were going to see the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and see a Broadway musical.
Christian said perfection is expected in his program. But, reaching perfection is the hard part.
This year there are 65 freshmen performing to a show titled, Soldiers and Saints, which features a life of a World War II soldier with music from the video game, Medal of Honor and the movie Swing, Swing, Swing.
With so many kids marching that have never marched before weve had to rely on a lot of the older kids this year to help, he said. But, theyve done a great job.
Christian said the kids, parents and the school all buy into the program which makes his job and Assistant Band Director Tracy Wrights a little easier.
A lot of people dont realize how hard we have to work to put together a show, he said. A lot of fine detail goes into it ... its so rewarding to have another great year.
One week after being crowned the grand champion of the 16-
band White Columns Invitational Band Festival at Milton High on Sept. 30, the Tigers shattered the competition in Carrolton.
Ringgold won first in class in Drum major, percussion, color-guard and first place overall in the Superbowl of Sounds.
Wright said the next thing on the slate is district honor band and All-state tryouts