Hoover High Competition Marching Band Wins 2nd State Championship
The Hoover High School Competition Marching Band recently won their second 7A State Championship.
The 185-member squad auditioned on October 30 faced four other 7A groups for the championship this year at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. They dominated Bob Jones, James Clemens, Sparkman and Thompson.
The Hoover Group took first place in visual performance, musical performance and general effect (script), said Matthew Cicero, one of the group’s three associate directors.
“We are fortunate to have had the chance to play this year because last year the State Championships did not take place due to COVID,” Cicero told the Hoover School Board Tuesday night as he was speaking for manager Ryan Fitchpatrick, who was out of town for professional development. âWe were happy to have the opportunity to come back and defend the state title we won in 2019. We are certainly proud of these students.
Will Stallworth, one of the four drum majors this year, said it was amazing to be part of a second state championship. âIt’s the best way to end my senior year,â said Stallworth.
Because 2019 was the first year that there was a state marching band championship competition and there hadn’t been one last year, it was the first opportunity for half of the marching band to participate. at a state championship competition, Stallworth said.
They did a great job and had more energy than the years he’s had, he said. This year’s group also placed fifth in a Bands of America competition in Clarksville, Tennessee, in September, Stallworth said.