OAKMAN — The Oakman High School Band has finished its 2018-19 season strong by recently being named a best overall band.Oakman's band competed at the West Alabama Marching Band Festival at Gordo …
OAKMAN — The Oakman High School Band has finished its 2018-19 season strong by recently being named a best overall band.
Oakman's band competed at the West Alabama Marching Band Festival at Gordo High School Nov. 3, earning superior ratings in all captions — drum major, color guard, percussion, dance line and band — in Class D. The band also won best overall band in classes D, E and F, by having the highest band score average of 16 bands.
"We had some laughing and jumping, and then we had some that were so happy they were in tears, especially a lot of my seniors," band director Casey Woods said. "This was their last competition, and they were really proud to win that best overall rating."
Oakman's band also received superior ratings in all captions at a competition in Hayden on Oct. 20.
"We've had a good year. I'm really proud of the kids," Woods said.
Sixty-one students are part of Oakman High's band this year, and the band is growing more than in years past. The band will lose 12 members, however, when seniors graduate in May.
"They're going to be really hard to replace, but we've got a really good group of rookies and my seventh-grade band that actually marched with us on the field this year," he said. "They've done a really good job to not have done this before. I'm proud of them, too."
Woods said he wants to continue the band's momentum by striving to receive high honors at future competitions.
"For the past four years, the Oakman band has won a best overall, best in class trophy of some kind, and I just want to keep it going," he said. "That shows you that the band program is where it needs to be."