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Wando’s marching band wins regional competition

Wando High BandMembers of the Wando High School Marching Band lived up to and surpassed their own expectations and high standards by delivering an award-winning performance at the 2021 Bands of America Regional Championships at Jacksonville State University on Saturday, October 16, 2021. The Warriors earned first place overall, and won the overall awards for Outstanding Music Performance and Outstanding Visual Performance during the finals portion of the day-long event with their show “Cabinet of Curiosities.” This is Wando Band’s third regional title in program history.

Earlier in the day, Wando competed in the preliminaries with 22 other bands from around the Southeast region of the country. The Warriors swept the caption awards in Class 4A: Outstanding Visual, Outstanding Music, and Outstanding General Effect. The Wando Marching Band advanced to the finals where, in front of a primetime audience with thousands of spectators, they delivered a stellar performance with a score of 84.6. This was Wando’s first appearance at Bands of America Jacksonville.

“I could not be prouder of what the Wando band has become after the major challenges this past year,” explained Brooke Smith, Wando High School’s senior drum major.

The Wando Band faced several obstacles on the way to their first competition in two years. From COVID stealing an entire season last year, to a broken-down bus turning their seven-hour trip into an 11-hour day, the Wando band showed perseverance. 

Bobby Lambert, Director of Bands at Wando, said the students handled it beautifully.

“This band, including the last two years of seniors, make me incredibly proud,” explained Lambert. “These kids have been through so much over the past two

years and only half of our band has ever been to a competition. While we still have challenges to face, our Wando Band family remains one of the best places for students to learn excellence, hard work, and teamwork.”

The Warriors will now “march” their way to the South Carolina State Championships on November 6, 2021 in Irmo, SC. Their ultimate goal, however, is the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on November 10-12.

The Warriors’ will also perform for the community at the District 2 Stadium on October 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The band asks for attendees to bring a donation of canned goods for East Cooper Community Outreach.

The Bands of Wando are under the direction of Lambert, Lanie Radacke, and Jeff Handel; Michael Gray is the Program Coordinator for the Wando Marching Band; and Brian Winn is the Director of the Color guard. The Bands of Wando thank the community, the Charleston County School District, the Town of Mount Pleasant, its Harmony Sponsors, the Bands of Wando Foundation, parents, and alumni for their continued support. For more information visit WandoBands.org.

For more information on how you can support the Wando Band, please visit www.wandoraffle.com.

For more about the Warriors’ performance, contact E.C. Setser at (843) 345-1374 or ecsetser@yahoo.com.