The Ridgeland Band displays some of their hardware procured this season.
The Ridgeland Band displays some of their hardware procured this season.
The season is not yet over for local marching bands as they prepare for state championship competitions and final performances.

Jill Wallace, band director for Ridgeland High School, and her 123 kids are coming off a competition in Hoover, Ala., where they received all superior ratings. Earlier this month they received superior ratings in drum major, color guard, percussion and overall in the state evaluations in Pearl.

They received scores of 83 in drum major, 86 in color guard, 86.5 in percussion in section evaluations and received ratings of 86, 88 and 87 for an average score of 87.0 in the overall category.

“We have been fortunate to get superior ratings in all competitions this year. Our kids have worked really hard and we have the best support from our parents, students and community,” Wallace said.

Ariana Ross, a senior who plays brass clarinet and has been involved since her seventh grade year, said she is ready to take on the State Championship Marching Competition in Pearl a week from Saturday.

“We have put in a lot of hard work and are going for gold. We are trying to make excellence a habit and we are ready,” Ross said. “We really appreciate the work our band director has put in this season. She has seen us through a lot of struggle.”

The show this year is called, “Titan,” a reference that goes beyond the school’s mascot to its roots in Greek mythology and broader virtues that can be taken into life beyond school.

“I think it is a piece customized for us that has given them something to focus on and move towards,” Wallace said. “The piece has themes of love, truth and joy at its foundation and has gotten a really great response.”

Germantown High School is coming off a third place overall finish at the West Harrison Hurricane Classic and is preparing to host the 6A state championship on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. They will compete in the 5A championship next weekend.

They scored all superior at state evaluations and earned numerical scores of 93 in drum major, 90 in color guard and 88.5 in percussion. Individual judges’ scores were 90, 94 and 92 coming out at 92 overall.

Their show this year is called “Run for the Roses” and is about a horse and the Kentucky Derby.

“We have gotten a really good response this season. The theme kind of ties into our mascot and it has overall just been an enjoyable experience,” Justin Harvison, director of bands at Germantown, said. “It’s one of those special shows that has pleased both audiences and judges this season which can be a hard line to tow.”

Other accomplishments this season include Grand Champions at a competition in Olive Branch that featured both 5 and 6A schools.

Both schools will perform at the Class 1A/2A/5A Marching Championships at Pearl High School on Nov. 3. Germantown is set to perform at 7 p.m. and Ridgeland is scheduled for 9 p.m.