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Camden, Holmes perform well in 4th Panther Classic

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The John A. Holmes High School Marching Band competes at the 4th annual Panther Band Classic, hosted by the Pasquotank County High School Marching Band on the Pasquotank High football field, Saturday, Oct. 20. The Marching Aces took home first place for Overall Band in the 2A division of the competition.

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From staff reports

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Havelock High School Marching Rams took home the Milton H. Sawyer Jr. Award as the day’s highest-scoring band, but bands from other area high schools also performed well during the fourth annual Panther Band Classic at Pasquotank County High School on Saturday.

The Havelock marching band, the only band competing in the 4A division, took home first-place awards for overall band, color guard, best percussion, best drum major, best visual performance, best general effect, and best musical performance.  

A number of area high school bands, competing in the 1A, 2A and 3A divisions, also performed well during the afternoon competition held on the football field in Pasquotank’s football stadium. 

The Camden High School Marching Bruins took home first place for overall band in the 3A division, which also included the Currituck County High School Marching Knights. The Bruins also finished first in every category in their division: color guard, best percussion, best drum major, best visual performance, best general effect, and best musical performance. 

The John A. Holmes High School Marching Aces also took home first place for overall band in the 2A division, which also included Southwest Edgecombe High School in Pinetops and Riverside High School in Williamston. The Aces also finished first in percussion, best visual performance, best general effect and best musical performance in their division.

The Perquimans County High School Marching Pirates took second place for overall band in the 1A division, which also included Manteo High School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Hatteras. The Marching Pirates finished first in color guard and drum major.

Riverside High School in Williamston won the People’s Choice Award. Both the Pasquotank High School Marching Band and the Old Dominion University Marching Monarchs performed exhibitions at the event but did not compete.

The following is a list of all winners by category:

* Overall Band: Havelock, first place 4A; Camden, first place, 3A; Currituck, second place, 3A; John A. Holmes, first place 2A; Southwest Edgecombe, second place 2A; Riverside, third place 2A; Cape Hatteras Secondary, first place 1A; Perquimans, 2nd place 1A; Manteo, third place 1A. 

* Best Color Guard: Havelock, 4A; Camden, 3A; Southwest Edgecombe, 2A; Perquimans, 1A.

* Best Percussion: Havelock, 4A; Camden, 3A; John A. Holmes, 2A; Cape Hatteras Secondary, 1A

* Best Drum Major: Havelock, 4A; Camden, 3A; Riverside, 2A; Perquimans, 1A 

* Best Visual Performance: Havelock, 4A; Camden, 3A; John A. Holmes, 2A; Cape Hatteras Secondary, 1A. 

* Best General Effect: Havelock, 4A; Camden, 3A; John A. Holmes, 2A; Cape Hatteras Secondary, 1A

* Best Music Performance: Havelock, 4A; Camden, 3A; John A. Holmes, 2A; Cape Hatteras Secondary, 1A. 

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