By James Cook, Times Editor
The Powell County High School Marching Pirates have soared to new heights in recent weeks. The young band made up of several underclassmen and middle school students have been to two competitions this year and made the finals in both meets.
Last Saturday, in the rain-drenched field and mud, the band returned home with several honors from the Rowan County Classic. Powell won for Best Percussion in Class 3A-1, Best Color Guard in Class 3A-1 and won first place for their class. That qualified them for the finals, where they placed sixth overall.
“We have made the finals the last two competitions and we have never done that before, two competitions and two finals in a row,” PCHS Band Director Mike Estep said. “They have really progressed, really done a good job and we are really proud of them.”
The band had to rebuild following a huge graduating class last year and some departures from the group earlier this year. The rebuilding has been quite successful. “They have worked hard, but I have to give thanks to our staff and our parents for all their hard work too,” Estep said.
The Marching Pirates will be competing again on Saturday in Harrison County, and then will return home to host the Pirate Classic on Oct. 24.