Tupelo High School wins band event

Tupelo High School won the overall title as well as the 4A/5A/6A Sweepstakes at Saturday's Dixie Marching Band Championship. (Courtesy photo)

Tupelo High School won the overall title as well as the 4A/5A/6A Sweepstakes at Saturday’s Dixie Marching Band Championship. (Courtesy photo)

Northeast Mississippi Community College

BOONEVILLE – Out of 19 of the finest high school marching bands in two states that made up the field of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s annual Dixie Marching Band Championship, Tupelo High School claimed the grand champion title.

Under the direction of Tim Matlock, Jeremy Greenwood, Darius Fant, Lesley Shields, Deanna Kieffer and Taylor Sparks, Tupelo not only claimed the overall title, but also was selected the Sweepstakes Winner for Classes 4A, 5A and 6A. Booneville High School was the Sweepstakes Winner for Classes 2A and 3A.

First, second and third place winners were named in each of the five classes of competition. Mantachie High School took home first place honors in Class 2A while Baldwyn High School placed second. Booneville High School won first place in Class 3A while South Pontotoc High School came in second and Mooreville High School, third.

Kosciusko High School claimed first place honors in Class 4A with Ripley coming in second place and Pontotoc High School finishing in third place.

First place honors in Class 5A went to Athens (Ala.) High School.

Saltillo High School claimed the second place trophy.

In Class 6A South Panola High School placed third and Starkville High School finished runner-up to first- place Tupelo.

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Best Drum Major

2A Mantachie

3A Booneville

4A Ripley

5A Athens, Ala.

6A Tupelo

Best Guard

2A Mantachie

3A Booneville

4A Ripley

5A Athens, Ala.

6A Tupelo

Best Percussion

2A Mantachie

3A Booneville

4A Ripley

5A Athens, Ala.

6A Tupelo

Best Majorettes

4A – New Albany

5A – Athens, Ala.

Overall Outstanding Soloist

Also Sax from Starkville

Overall Best Drum Major

Booneville

Overall Best Guard

Booneville

Overall Best Percussion

Tupelo

Overall Best Majorettes

New Albany