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One of the most well known high school bands in the country and steeped in rich tradition, the Viking Band continually performs fun and exciting music featuring exceptional guard, percussion, majorette and dance units.
Under the direction of J. Craig Cantrell, the East Hall Bands routinely receive superior ratings in marching contests and music festivals. In addition, the Viking Marching Band has performed in numerous nationally televised parades and events. Very few high school bands have amassed such an impressive array of honors and performances throughout the country.
This past weekend, East Hall High School had 6 students audition for a spot in the Georgia All-State Band. I am excited to announce that Ben Arevalo, one of our 9th Grade students, made the Georgia All-State Band on Euphonium. This means that Ben was named the 4th best Euphonium player in the entire state from the 9th and 10th grade. He was only one of three students from a Hall County school make it (East Hall Middle also placed a student!). This is a tremendous honor and we are so very proud of Ben for this outstanding accomplishment.
AAA Class Champion
I am so very pleased with the efforts and hard work of our students in the marching band. Because of our size (we average almost 15% of the student body), we often have to compete with schools who have a larger pool of students (usually we compete with 4A and 5A schools) with a large wealth of resources. Nevertheless, we have proved that through hard work and many hours of dedication, anything is possible!
With this accomplishment, the Viking Marching Band wraps up its "competitive" season and will continue to support our Vikings every Friday night! Thank you all for your many words of encouragement to myself and to our students.
East Hall Viking Marching Band won the AAAA Class Championship at the Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands this past weekend. With a score of a 93.85, the band ranked third overall behind two AAAAA schools. We received all superior ratings from every judge and received the following awards for the evening:
Drum Majors – 1st place Drumline – 1st place
Majorette – 2nd place Band – 1st place
Color Guard – 2nd place
The Viking Marching Band traveled to the Armuchee Invitational Marching Band Competition in Rome, GA to perform for a group of distinguished judges from the Georgia Music Educators Association. The band competed in AAAAA (yes, 5A) classification I am very proud to report to you that our band came home with 13 large trophies. The band received 6 level 1 (superior, highest ranking) trophies during the awards ceremony for their performance and was awarded 2nd place Drum Major, 1st place Majorette, 2nd place Color Guard, 2nd place Percussion, and 3rd place Band. We were one of only 5 bands competing to receive “Straight Superior Ratings” in every category. This triumph sets us up perfectly going into the Georgia Bandmasters Championship in a couple of weeks (Oct. 24th).
This superb accomplishment is remarkable, especially considering that we’re competing against schools with a much larger population (AAAAA) and more funding and resources. The students who are in the Viking Band put a lot of extra practice time in and work hard to represent our school and community. They take pride in their performance and have earned the reputation of being one of the very best.
We attribute the success of the program to the dedication of thousands of students, parents, and supporters, both past and present, who guide the band on their journey of excellence.