Hernando High School Wins MHSAA 6A State Marching Band Championship

Hernando High School Band

Hernando High School Wins MHSAA 6A State Marching Band Championship

     DeSoto County Schools 6A Marching Bands performed well at the 6A Marching Band State Championship in Jackson, MS.

     Hernando High School won their second consecutive State Championship, a title the band has earned four times since moving to 6A in 2013.  DeSoto Central High School was awarded the 2nd Place Silver Medal, Southaven High School won the 3rd Place Bronze Medal, Lewisburg High School earned 6th Place, and Olive Branch High won 8th Place.

     “We are fortunate to work in a school district with so many talented groups,” said Len Killough, HHS band director.  

     Hernando High School Tigers integrated their school’s mascot into their show concept this year.  The villainous tiger, “Shere Khan,” in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” was their theme.  They opened with “Paprikash” by Mississippi native Julie Giroux.  Their second piece, “Dhoom Again” had a drum feature and dance break.  The final number was “Divertimento in F” by Jack Stamp.

      “We could tell the students’ favorite was the drum feature to ‘Dhoom Again,’ said Victoria Jones, HHS Assistant Band Director.  “The energy they created during that movement radiated throughout the stadium.”

      Jones said the marching activity in band programs has shifted towards a more modern, hip-hop, and jazz inspired dance choreography.

     “Our show portrayed power and aggression,” said Jones.  “The pageantry associated with this activity has evolved exponentially in the past decade. This year, we stepped out of our comfort zone and grew as performers, both musically and visually.”   

      “Our band mantra is ‘believe in the experience,’ and our students really focused on their own personal growth and journey,” Jones added.