This year has been an incredibly successful one for the Buford High School Marching Band. The Percussion section, in particular, has maintained its winning tradition in competitions throughout the season. Under the direction of Matt Young, the Director of Bands at Buford High School since 2013, the marching band competed in three competitions late this year. In all three competitions, the Percussion section took home first place in their class and division, making this year the 7th year in a row that Percussion has been awarded this ranking in their class. The BHS Percussion beat out 17 bands of percussion sections overall, regardless of class size. In fact, in the very last competition, the Percussion section earned a 97, which was the highest score awarded and set a Buford High School record. 

Griffin Stewart, a senior at Buford High School, has earned a position on the drumline since his sophomore year. When asked about his view on the band’s success, he shared, “I am so proud of everyone on the drumline, and I am glad that I was able to compete with some of my best friends. We grew together as musicians and people, and we defended our six, now seven, year winning streak. I have a feeling this streak will last for a long time.” Indeed, BHS Percussion has maintained a tradition of Buford excellence that is founded in hard work and unrelenting dedication. This tradition is not easily broken and reflects the high standard that Buford students uphold.

The BHS Marching Band’s season is far from over. This Winter the band will have several performances with the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and will start up another season of Indoor Drumline and Winter Guard. Their show will be called “Put Me in Coach”, and revolves around a fun baseball theme. The competitions will take place in late February into March. The Buford community applauds the efforts and the success of the Marching Band so far and cheers them on into their winter season. 

— By Regan Saunders

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