Headland High School Band gets high marks at national competition

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HEADLAND, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Headland High School Band made its way up to Annapolis, Maryland to perform in the Military Bowl.

Headland High School band students practice. (Source: WTVY)

While there they competed to see how they compare to other bands on a national level.

"We had a lot of fun,” said Headland High School Flutist Michele Zheng. “It was a lot of screaming. A lot of chaos, but I think it brought us together overall."

Amidst all the chaos and screaming of a 17-hour trip, the Headland band managed to play some music during its trip.

They were invited to play during the Military Bowl which featured the Temple Owls and North Carolina Tar Heels.

"I'm glad that we got the opportunity to go so far and perform at a national level,” said Zheng. “It has definitely helped our band improve and see what we can do better."

The band also participated in the parade before the game and got some sightseeing in while in the Washington D.C. area.

When it came to the competition side of the trip, well, it came to a dramatic finish.

"On the concert, which is what we mainly focus on, we'd gotten gold,” said Headland Band Trumpeteer Jared Freeman. “That was amazing. I was really surprised. We scored silver in our marching competition as well."

Headland High School Principal Jason Bradford stopped by at practice Thursday morning to congratulate the group.

"I just wanted to personally tell each one of you how grateful I am and how proud I am of each one of you for a job well done,” said Bradford.

Headland got some constructive criticism during the competition to hopefully make them even better.

"We lost some of what we could have done with it because we were so involved in what we were playing that we didn't take the time to shape the phrases,” said Band Director John Taylor during practice.”

The Headland band was the only Alabama band to represent the state at the Military Bowl in 2019.