“I am very pleased. The kids did really well across the board in all parts of the competition,” said Jim Stockmann, WHS band director.

The Waynesville Tiger Pride Marching Band received the Mason Kirk Grand Champion Trophy – earning the sweepstake award by accumulating the most overall points – at the Sullivan Marching Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29.

“I am very pleased. The kids did really well across the board in all parts of the competition,” said Jim Stockmann, WHS band director. “The students especially like this year’s show and the music and their efforts reflect their interest in making it a success. They spent extra time and effort to finish learning it Thursday night.”

The 2018 show is "Black Swan," a study in contrasting beauty: classical vs. contemporary, the light vs. the dark. It includes classical music from Tchaikovsky’s ballet "Swan Lake" intertwined with Sia’s pop hit ‘Chandelier.'

Drum Majors this year are Ben Pollman, Abby Blair and Sydney Breckinridge. Stockmann is the band’s director and assistant directors are Jared Sabatasso and Chelsea Handley. Color Guard coach is Rebekah Schaffer. Additional Assistance is provided by Laura Smith.

In addition to being named the Grand Champions, the WHS band earned the following accolades during the competition:

Parade Results:
1st place- Gold Division 
Outstanding Percussion
Outstanding Drum Majors 
Outstanding Auxiliary

Preliminary Field Results:
Outstanding Percussion
1st Place- Gold Division

Finals Field Results:
Outstanding Percussion
Second Place

The Grand Champion award is named in memory of Mason Kirk, a Sullivan High School senior trombone and baritone player who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in September.