By Sam Poe
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 11:00 PM
The Haleyville Roaring Lion Band took their halftime show, “The Music of Elton John”, to marching band competitions recently. First, they participated in the “Southern Hospitality Marching Festival” in Hartselle, where the band achieved overall superior scores and won “Best in Class” for both majorettes and drum major.
Then, the band traveled to Russellville to compete in the “Tri-State Kudzu Klassic, Festival of Bands." While at Russellville, they competed against six other bands in the same classification and nineteen total bands for overall awards. The band earned superior scores in every category as well as a superior overall score. Senior trumpet player, Joshua Aderholt and junior mellophone player, Amber Edwards, won “Best in Class Duet” for their feature in “Can You Feel The Love Tonight."
The Roaring Lion Band majorettes dominated the competition and took home not only the “Best in Class” award but also won “Best Overall Majorettes” of all classes. The band, as well as color guard, finished 2nd in Class (behind Decatur) and 3rd Overall (behind Grand Champion, Muscle Shoals and 2nd place Decatur) out of the 19 bands performing.
Haleyville Director of Bands, Mr. Reggie Tolbert, is assisted by Majorette Instructor Mrs. Amy Farris, Color Guard Instructor, Mrs. Shannon Reed, and Percussion Instructor, Mr. Josh Wakefield. The HHS instructors and the Haleyville Band Boosters are very proud of the hard work and accomplishments of the Roaring Lion Band.
Be sure and listen to Mr. Tolbert on Paradise 92.7 at 7:00 am on Friday, October 18 in the Leo Preview show as he discusses current and upcoming band activities. Additionally, please consider following the band on Facebook at “Haleyville Roaring Lion Band” or on Twitter @haleyville_rlb.
Special thanks to Kevin Thompson for his contributions to this story and to the Roaring Lion Band.