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Jacket Regiment bags top honors in Mustang Classic

September 25, 2018

Seven hours of music, marching and occasional merriment took up the afternoon and evening Saturday at Midland Valley High School, as the school held the 21st annual Mustang Classic.

The school’s annual competition for marching bands had North Augusta High School as the top overall winner, under the direction of Chuck Deen, in his corps’ first competition of the season.

The Mustangs’ event, in keeping with tradition, had schools of various sizes, ranging from relatively small neighbors, such as Fox Creek, Wagener-Salley and Ridge Spring-Monetta, to much bigger players, such as Aiken, South Aiken, Ninety Six, T.L. Hanna and Lakeside (Georgia’s representative, from Evans).

William McGee, a junior at North Augusta, was on trombone and euphonium duty on the Mustangs’ turf. “It went really well. We put a lot of effort into it, and we performed really great,” he said. “Nothing went wrong at all, really.”

The Jacket Regiment’s show theme this year is “Imaginaire,” and presents concepts relating to the sky, such as paper airplanes, balloons, clouds and changing light patterns.

McGee said he and his bandmates have been working on the show since late July. Referring to his peers, he said, “They all had really good runs. They loved it. They were super excited to win it, especially the people that had never done this before. They had a great time.”

Echoing that sentiment was sophomore clarinetist Alex McCabe. “It was fun. The work’s not over yet. We still have plenty more competitions to go. Hopefully we do just as well as we did this time, if not better.”

The Pride of the Valley, as Midland Valley’s band is known, did not compete, as the host, but did perform an exhibition for the show’s finale. This year’s show theme is “The Night Circus,” and has such elements as tents, patrons and performers.