Pelahatchie Band Excels in the Showdown in the Kingdom


Pelahatchie band performs their halftime show at the showdown of the kingdom

Levi Goldman, Staff Writer

On September 29 at 12 PM, Pelahatchie’s high school band travelled to West Lauderdale and performed  in a competition called Excalibur Showdown in the Kingdom. The purpose of this competition was for small bands to get together and perform their halftime shows, and they were judged based on their musical performance, marching, dynamics and uniformity. Some bands that were there include Lake, Morton, Enterprise and Wesson high school bands also performed.

In any band competition the ratings go from 4 to 1, 4 being the worst and 1 being the best. Pelahatchie improved from last year, going from a 3, 3, 2 overall to a 1, 2, 2 overall with the drum major and color guard both receiving superior ratings. Even though the drumline and band both earned twos, the drumline and band still improved too.

Drum major Sydni Goldman stated, “This competition showed us that we could get out of our comfort zone and compete even being a smaller newer band than most that were there.”

The theme of the band’s halftime show this year was Through the Decades with titles such as “Y.M.C.A,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “My Boo” and “Party Rock Anthem.” Soloists in this show include Emmie Hoard, Mariah McGill, William Cummins, Mackenzie Waggonor and Levi Goldman. Emmie Hoard, Mariah McGill and William Cummins perform trumpet solos in “Don’t Stop Believing,” and Levi Goldman and Mackenzie Waggonor dance in the beginning of the song.