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Published on May 2nd, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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South Carolina House and Senate honor Pelion High band

LEXINGTON, S.C. — The South Carolina House of Representatives and South Carolina Senate each adopted resolutions recently to honor the Pelion High School Panther Marching Pride band for winning the first Class 2A state marching band championship in school history in a competition that the South Carolina Band Directors Association conducted on October 31, 2015.

State Rep. Kit Spires and State Sen. Katrina Shealy presented the resolutions to PHS Principal Clark Cooper, PHS Director of Bands Otto Hage and members of the Panther Marching Pride band at the State House recently.

The House and Senate commended marching band members for the skill, discipline, precision and teamwork that they demonstrated in winning the state championship, and for placing first in visual performance, music performance and effect performance during the championship competition. Legislators also commended the marching band for achieving a superior rating in the championship competition. The band is comprised of 104 students from PHS and Pelion Middle School.

The House and Senate commended Hage and his staff for teaching marching band members to become excellent musicians and instructing marching band members about the importance of perseverance, teamwork, dedication and hope in working to achieve a common goal.

The South Carolina Band Directors Association presented the 2016 Outstanding Performance Award for musical excellence to the Panther Marching Pride band. It was the fifth time in the past seven years that the marching band received the highest honor that is presented by the Band Directors Association.

The Panther Marching Pride band performed as the South Carolina Santa Claus Band in the 2015 Carolina Carillon Parade in Columbia. The band will perform as the South Carolina high school band representative at the 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance in Hawaii on December 7, 2016 to commemorate the attack on the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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