Rustin HS Golden Knights Marching Band Performs at National Championship

Rustin HS Golden Knights Marching Band Performs at National Championship 

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Congratulations to the Rustin High School Golden Knights Marching Band on their recent appearance at the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships in Westfield, Indiana. The band competed against 100 other marching bands from across the country in the preliminary round on Friday, November 10, 2017. Although the group did not advance to the semifinal round, band director Mike Shoremount said he was ecstatic over what the group accomplished.

"This is incredible for a first-year band making this unbelievable jump to the largest and most renowned high school marching band competition," said Shoremount. "This was a life-changing experience for all involved."

Following the preliminary competition, band members attended the Percussive Arts Society International Convention at the Indianapolis Convention Center and had the opportunity to meet members of the Drum Corp International 2017 World Champion Blue Devils Drumline.

At the conclusion of the convention, students returned to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the BOA finals before returning home to West Chester.

The Golden Knights Marching Band appearance at the BOA Grand National Championship comes on the heels of their 7th USBands Pennsylvania State Championship which was held on October 28, 2017, at Lincoln University.

The competition style is geared toward a drum corps style performance, with music being most important, followed by all types of simultaneous demands placed on the performers.

"Individual field music, ensemble music, visual performance, the overall effect, percussion, and color guard," said Shoremount. " Band members are not simply marching and playing any longer. They are playing extremely difficult music while running and performing ballet moves!"

Shoremount said the band, led by drum majors Olivia McLucas and Andrew Whitig, performed exceptionally well at the BOA Grand National Championship.

"We have all grown so much from being able to compete at this high of a level," added Shoremount.

 

Rustin High School Golden Knights Marching Band

Rustin High School Golden Knights Marching Band Drum Majors Olivia McLucas and Andrew Whitig celebrate their 7th state championship.