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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Recently the Albany High School Band won an award that hasn't been won by a Dougherty County Band since 1992.

They won the Grand Championship Award at the Sounds of Silver Invitational. That means the band blew over the competition in all four categories. 

The categories were Drum Major, Drum line, Band and the color guard. Every horn, drum, and cymbal had to fit together perfectly to create the symphony. They feel like the bar has been raised for years to come.

Being in the band comes with its fair share of name calling. "From time to time, people call us band geek's, but we don't pay attention to it," said Trumpet Player Sterling Hunter.

He does pay attention to his music. Hunter started out playing the drums, but had a change of heart and switched to the trumpet. "When I got in sixth grade, everybody wanted to play the drums. My band director said "Everybody can't play the drums," so I switched to the trumpet," he said. 

It's paid off. Recently the Albany High School Band won 2 different contests. And walked away with the grand championship award. "It's kind of like 'did we just really win grand champion?'" It hasn't sunk in yet," said Drum Major Jackie Childress.  

Some of the tunes like Ring my Bell and Boogie Nights really blew the judges out their chairs. "It's the music, movement, and the energy that we bring to the crowd. Our band director tells us we're here to perform a service," said Hunter. 

"They have good drive, and this year the chemistry has been great. Everything has really come together this year," said Band Director Trevor Baxter. 

It's especially sweet for Jackie Childress. This is her senior year. "It's amazing to go out with a grand championship like this, under my class's belt. We did it," she said.  

Every drum, and horn made this possible by working together as a team. "It's very important, because you have to stay on each other to make sure we learn our music," said Childress.  

"I'm very proud of my band. This is my junior year and the expectation has been set," said Hunter. 

One name this band doesn't mind being called is champion. They wanted to give a special thanks to parents, school staff and the booster club. Without their support none of this would have been possible.

To hear more of the Albany High School band, attend any home football game.

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