The D.C.H.S. Fighting Tiger Marching Band wrapped up its season this weekend (Nov. 4) with its second year in a row to the state championship. Traveling to Stewarts Creek High School, the band performed first at the 42nd Annual Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship. Unfortunately, the band didn’t make it to the Top 10 finalists, but Director Don Whitt says it was a great honor to be selected for the Division II TN State Championship.
"The band played better than even last year's state championship performance, in my opinion,” Whitt said. “I am very proud of our students, and they left all they had on the field.”
Whitt says he enjoyed watching the students mature and display consistency throughout the marching season.
“Consistency is a building block, whether it is getting good grades, playing sports, band or later on in life by working hard to support your family or whatever it may be. Our students were consistent this season and took home awards at every competition.”
“Our success started with our staff and senior leadership. Senior leadership consists of Ayden Jones, Owen Warren, Olivia Farr, Serenity Patterson, and Karson Smallwood. I want to thank our section leadership Jaden Wildes, Marvin (BJ) Mosely, Daniel Stiffler and Amy Nokes. I would also like to thank Maxwell Patterson, our Percussion/Assistant Band Director and Shannon Johns, Color Guard Instructor, who worked diligently with our color guard. I want to thank Band Boosters Keith and Megan Moseley, Kelly Basinger, Stephanie Carter and the support of our band parents. We have some of the best parents and boosters in the world. Finally, I would like to thank the school board and the high school administration for their support. Because of them, we have had a successful year!"
The band will be performing Christmas music in concert at 6:30 p.m. December 14 in the high school auditorium. Admission is free, but donations made to the D.C.H.S. Band would be gladly accepted.