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Avery County High School’s marching band gathers near their trophies for the 2012 season,
having stormed through 2A competition, earning superior ratings at every event and
bringing home first place trophies in various category throughout the year.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-11-02 10:52:12
Last modified: 2012-11-02 10:52:12

Avery High’s masterful musicians

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“We did the best we have ever done at a concert,” said Avery County High School Band Director Dee Raby, following a performance last Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Central Wilkes Marching Band Contest, where the Avery Vikings Marching Band took first place in music, drum line, drum major, marching general effect and overall for 2A competition. Out of 16 bands at the competition, the Viking Marching band took third place in competition with 3A and 4A schools.

This success comes at the end of a long season of success, including three superior performances in recent weeks. 

At a N.C. State-sponsored band completion in North Lincoln, N.C., the Vikings took second place in 2A competition.

At the Husky Vanguard Invitational in Ashe County, the Viking Marching Band walked away with first place rankings for general affect, music, marching and overall 2a completion.

While the band did not place at the recent Freedom High School competition, it did come away with yet another “superior” ranking.

“This is the best band I have ever had,” said Raby, noting that the high hopes she had voiced during the summer band camp have all paid off. “We have gotten superior everywhere we go. That says a lot about the band. It is the hardest working group of kids I have ever had.”

Anyone who missed the chance to see the band in action will have another chance at its Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at ACHS. 

On Dec. 9, the band will hold a drawing for a brand new Toyota Carolla. Support the band by purchasing a raffle ticket for the car for $20 any time before Dec. 9.