With 89 members, the Colonial Heights High School marching band may be small in number, but it is big in precision and power.
It certainly showed during the band's last competition of the season.
"It felt great because you could walk off that field knowing you did a really good job, and have that sense of pride," said band member Andrea Nadeau.
They not only had pride. After the performance, they had title of being grand champions, winning first place in general effect, visual, music, color guard, and percussion- rounding out perhaps the most successful year in the band's history.
Every competition this band entered this year, it walked away with first place.
Band director Kyle Flohre uses one word to describe his band- "intensity".
However, when he started working with them back in August, his words would have been "weak" and "young".
"They worked really hard, and they decided that if they are going to be good, they have to work for themselves, and they have to do it and make themselves push each other," said Flohre.
That is exactly what they did. They practiced three hours every day after school, on top of performing at weekend football games and competitions. It was tough.
"It gets kind of hot, and it gets kind of long," said band member Shannon McBryde.
They pushed through it, studying and improving upon each performance, which soon lead to them adding just a few more coveted trophies to an already impressive collection.
"It has been amazing to be a part of such a an award-winning group and a group that takes such pride in what they do," said band member Michael Parker.
While the awards and the recognition are appreciated, Flohre says there is a bigger picture.
"I really could care less about the awards. I want kids leaving me, graduating from me with a love of music, and learning life skills that are going to make them a good person later in life," said Flohre.
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