Band of Blue wins big last two weekends

Friday, October 3, 2014

By Gary Marino

Special to the Tribune

These last two weeks for the Forrest Rocket Band of Blue have been amazing! On Sept. 20, the Band of Blue competed in the 26th Annual Hendersonville Golden Invitational. Eighteen marching bands took to the field competing for best in class and division champion. The winner of each division, Large Band and Small Band, takes home a hand-sculpted trophy until next year. Renowned natural wood sculptor Lowell Mosley created these two Golden Eagle trophies just for the Hendersonville Golden Invitational.

The Band of Blue, led by Director Billy Wayne Bateman, had an amazing performance. They won Best Music and First Place Band for their class and First Place Band in the Small Band division, taking home one of the two Golden Eagle trophies.

On Sept. 27, the Band of Blue kicked it up a notch at the Trousdale County Yellow Jacket Invitational in Hartsville, Tenn., competing against 22 other bands. The Band of Blue was the fourth band to enter the field for competition, at 11 a.m. They then had to wait and watch the remaining bands perform and see how they measured up. The last competing band took the field at 4:45 p.m. and then it was up to the judges to decide how all of these fantastic bands placed. Forrest took First in Guard, Percussion, Field Commander, and Band Class. And, to make the day complete, they also received Best Overall Guard, Best Overall Percussion, and Best Overall Band. The Band of Blue may have stumbled a little at the start of the marching season, but they have come back with skill and determination.

This Saturday, Oct. 4, Bateman and the Band of Blue take the field at the Blue Devil Invitational in Lebanon. Come out and support your band!