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JCHS band and color guard win numerous competitions

The competition season has been remarkable for the Johnson County High School marching band this year. With a long list of local and regional awards and achievements under their belt, the band has been very busy and their momentum only seems to be growing. In his second year at the school, band director Max Amoss has seen these students work very hard to get to where they are now.
Amoss works along side his wife, Whitney, who coordinates the color guard, and the couple attributes a positive change in attitude and atmosphere to the band’s recent success. According to the director, “I am grateful for the support we have gotten from the community and am proud of the students and how hard they have worked this year.”
The JCHS band is currently made up of 36 students, with some filling both instrument and color guard positions. This places Johnson County in the Single A Division of the regional band competitions. Similar to other sports divisions, larger schools move into double A and higher divisions to keep the opposing schools on a comparable level.
Individual schools host the competitions, and as a result the band may compete on any given weekend. The most recent competition was in Wytheville, VA, but Johnson County may compete against schools from all over the region including the states of West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. There were a total of 20 bands from all divisions at the Wytheville competition, and the school was excited to receive the award for best overall in their division.
A typical competition will have several categories and Johnson County has been performing well across the board. In addition to best overall band and color guard, competitions usually have categories for marching, music, percussion, general effect, color guard, and drum major. The judging is done under a system that uses general scores based on the performance. The scores range from highest to lowest with a score of superior at the top going down through excellent, good, and fair. Each of these results has a numerical value that is added up to determine the first, second, and third place winners for best overall band in each division.
At the Wytheville competition Johnson County scored first in marching, color guard, and general effect, second in music, and third in percussion. These scores were all added up to give the school first place overall. The drum major category is a part of the competition but doesn’t figure into the overall score. The drum major is the leader of the band and is scored individually based upon their performance.
Competitions like the one held in Wytheville give the Johnson County students a good opportunity to practice and a boost in confidence. However, the marching season is not yet over, and the band will next gear up for another chance to show their skills in Hillsville, VA on October 22nd. Regardless of how that event goes, the students at JCHS can already be proud of their excellent track record for this year and with the continued experience behind them, next year seems to be promising as well.