NORTH FORSYTH — The North Forsyth High School Raider Marching Band turned in winning performances of its number, “Curtain Call,” at two recent competitions.
“It’s a younger than average group this year,” said Raymond Thomas, North’s band director. “They did very well. They exceeded the expectations.”
About 40 seniors from last year’s band graduated, according to Thomas, and about 60-65 percent of the band is freshman and sophomores.
He said “Curtain Call” took the audience to the memories of a theater’s janitor. The theater is closing and the janitor thinks back to the many performances there, including opera, Broadway and rock bands.
“As he remembers those moments, those memories come to life [through the band’s music],” Thomas said.
The band, which performed the show at halftime of the football game Oct. 17, won the following at the Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Festival on Oct. 11: superior ratings for band, percussion and drum majors; excellent rating for guard; second place for band and percussion in Class 4A; and third for guard and drum majors in Class 4A.
At the Lake Hartwell Marching Competition on Oct. 18, the group received: superior ratings for band, percussion and drum majors; excellent rating for guard; first place for band and percussion in Class 4A; second for guard and drum majors in Class 4A; and second for band and percussion in the Gold Division and overall.