The Susan Moore Bulldog Band scored 82.5 points and secured first place in the 3A division at the inaugural Alabama State Marching Band Championship at Muscle Shoals High School last weekend. Their score earned them the title of state champions in their division.
The band also received awards for best in class in the drum major and colorguard divisions. Other awards included high music award, high visual award, and the high general effect award.
The Alabama State Marching Band Competition was created to give marching bands in the state high quality adjudication within a competitive format. While the state competition is not currently sanctioned by any state organizations like AMEA or ABA, the creators intend that it will soon move in that direction.
The creators, a group of band directors who want to see marching bands get the same quality experiences as other activities provide, believe Alabama needs a state marching band competition. Susan Moore band director Skylar McHan said the creators hope this mindset will take flight across the state to help give bands their own competitive championship.
McHan said there were 19 bands in this inaugural event. The 3A division had four bands competing. He said, “It was a wonderful show. It has been a fun, competitive year. We enjoyed bringing excitement to the audiences.”