This weekend, the Walker High School Marching Band competed in a marching competition at Hartselle High School. After many weeks of preparation and after school practices, the band competed against 23 other high school bands. Most marching competitions separate bands based on their size, into classes: class 1A being the smallest, and class 5A being the largest. Each band, beginning with class 1A and moving up, performs their show for a panel of judges. There is a specific judge for each category in the band: a color guard judge, a dance line judge, a percussion judge, and three band judges. As the bands perform, the judges give the band a score in whichever category they are scoring, the judges then rate the bands in certain categories on a scale from 1 to 4 with 1 being a superior score, then they give the band a composite score, with 1 being a superior score. After every band has performed, the scores are announced for each band. Then, the judges announce the “Best in Class” awards. These awards are given to the best sections (color guard, dance line, percussion, and band) in each class (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A). Some competitions will give “Best Overall” awards for these categories, but most competitions only give scores and “Best in Class” awards.
This weekend, the walker High School Band competed as a class 4A band against Fort Payne High School, and Muscle Shoals High School. Walker received all 1’s in every category as well as an overall 1, and the dance line received the “Best in Class 4A Dance Line” Award. The band came in 2nd in class 4A by 1 point, and the color guard came in 3rd in the whole competition behind Fort Payne and Albertville High School. The Walker Band is competing in another competition this coming weekend in Hanceville which will complete their competition season for the year. Good Luck, Band, and Go Vikes!
By: Elizabeth Holderfield