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Best high school band

YOUR PICKS

1) Hillgrove High School

You say, “I really tip my hat to Hillgrove for putting creative and amazing shows on the field, and also for growing and maturing so fast. Good job Hillgrove.”

2) Lassiter High School

3) Southwest DeKalb High School

4) Stephenson High School

5) Kennesaw Mountain High School

OUR PICKS

1) Southwest DeKalb High School

We say, “This powerhouse organization has a list of accomplishments miles long, including performing at the opening ceremony at the 1996 Olympics, starring in a reality television show and the movie ‘Drumline,’ and playing at the Tournament of Roses and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades.”

2) Kennesaw Mountain High School

3) Lassiter High School

4) Martin Luther King Jr. High School

5) Harrison High School

425 comments Add your comment

Joe

August 25th, 2009
1:25 am

Sorry, but I have to throw WESTLAKE HS in there!

Shanda B.

August 25th, 2009
1:47 am

MLK Marching Lions aka “The Kings of Halftime”

jj

August 25th, 2009
1:57 am

Southwest Dekalb has the best Band in Metro Atlanta.

sonjrobe

August 25th, 2009
4:09 am

KOH! KOH! THE KINGS OF HALFTIME, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR HIGH SCHOOL

DJTHEVIDEOMASTER

August 25th, 2009
5:50 am

Benjamin E. Mays Marching Raiders!! The program speaks for itself! To everyone else, please stop the hate..you are telling your age and embarassing the very schools that you claim! Have some class and just post your support for these hard working young people…. HAVE an aMAYSing DAY!!

Patrice

August 25th, 2009
7:34 am

SWD is the best band in the land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yvonne

August 25th, 2009
7:36 am

It’s a shame that some posters have to turn everything into an argument. They cyber-bully each other and can turn any forum into a cancer. Just state your favorite band and move on. And, for goodness sake, respect a person’s opinion. Grow up, folks!

C. H.

August 25th, 2009
7:38 am

Pope High School, Marietta, GA

Matt K.

August 25th, 2009
7:55 am

B. E. Mays High School Marching RAIDERS!!!

JCH

August 25th, 2009
7:59 am

Hillgrove High School – A fantastic program with super leaders and great students. Can’t wait to see what they put on the field this year.

Pat

August 25th, 2009
8:10 am

I’ve grown up in Cobb County and now teach in Cobb County. The band programs in Cobb County are phenomenal! Lassiter and Kenn. Mtn. usually get all the attention. They have wonderful band directors and huge numbers but the band to watch is Hillgrove. They are in class 4A since they have a smaller enrollment but they pack a huge punch!

K.D.

August 25th, 2009
8:11 am

BENJAMIN E. MAYS HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING RAIDERS (The Mighty Blue and Gold)…coming from a former Radiant RAIDERETTE!!!

TZ

August 25th, 2009
8:11 am

Mays High School Marching Raiders!!!!

Steve Barton

August 25th, 2009
8:13 am

SWD is great, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the lovely sound of those guys with the “S” on their chests — Stephenson HS. Here’s hoping the new director at Dunwoody HS moves them up to where they get mentioned with these great bands. Thanks to all the musicians and their supporters at all schools for the hard work and entertainment!
– Steve Barton, Dunwoody, Georgia

Bob Lilly

August 25th, 2009
8:16 am

No one comes close to the little school of Georgia Walton Academy. They only have 320 in thier highschool and use 7th and 8th graders to fill the ranks. Can anyone else make that claim. The awards are numerous. Even though they are a private school they compete against 5A schools and have a 75% winner average in open competition. Last year they competed on the National Stage, foget Georgia, and finished as one of the best marching bands in the N A T I O N. As Hammer would say….can’t touch this! Oh, and they beat Kennesaw Mountain last year, so much for the Sudler Flag of Honor award.

Connie E

August 25th, 2009
8:17 am

I love SWD band, go to the game just to listen to the band play. I watch the game alittle but the band is great

John

August 25th, 2009
8:19 am

Hillgrove is the up and coming band in Cobb. They are only four years old and they are a class organization. Marching and sound are great! Watch out for them this year.

Rosana

August 25th, 2009
8:24 am

Hillgrove is incredible. In just few years this band has shown tremendous growth.

tiffany

August 25th, 2009
8:26 am

MLK is good, SWD is better but Stephenson is the BEST. Nothing else needs to be said

Jeffrey Baker

August 25th, 2009
8:29 am

There is a difference in a band that march and a band that steps.Only bands that ‘’steps” are bold enough to enter the Battle Of The Bands. A marching band will only enter a parade. It is no accident that a marching band will not perform at half time when a stepping band is going to perform also. It seems, most bands are compared to SWD,. I belive that is the measuring tool.If a band is not being compared, that band is probably bland..

meeee

August 25th, 2009
8:29 am

LOWNDES HIGH SCHOOL GEORGIA BRIDGEMEN!!!!

http://www.georgiabridgemen.com

Erica

August 25th, 2009
8:29 am

MY BAND…LASSITER!!!! :)

Maggie M

August 25th, 2009
8:32 am

I am a die hard Marietta Blue Devils Fan
I am a former Band mother and it rocks!
Why don’t you check them out. Don’t count them out!

G

August 25th, 2009
8:34 am

Big 5 in the Atlanta merto are, and have been for a while: 1)MLK 2)Southwest DeKalb 3)Stephenson 4)Redan 5)Miller Grove. Honorable mention goes to Lithonia, Columbia, B.E. Mays, and Lassiter.

meeee

August 25th, 2009
8:34 am

LOWNDES HIGH SCHOOL GEORGIA BRIDGEMEN BAND….

http://www.georgiabridgemen.com

Ms Bulldawg

August 25th, 2009
8:35 am

Look to the NE of ATL and you will find the Jackson County Comprehensive High School Band under the direction of Miles & Helen Adams. They bring excellence to the field every time stage a show. Go Panthers!

Lois

August 25th, 2009
8:35 am

Hillgrove H.S. Band (Hawks) has soared to the top – thanks to the dedicated directors, students, and parents!! Go Hawks!!

Cobb Band Mom

August 25th, 2009
8:44 am

Harrison High School has a terrific marching band as well as an excellent curricular band program. Their music is great. The Guard is absolutely fantastic.

Decatur 4 Life

August 25th, 2009
8:47 am

As a Columbia Alumni, I couldn’t say anybody’s better than us. We set the standard long time ago like I heard someone say on this blog. I’m not going to hate on SWD, I’ve had relatives at Southwest in the band and they put on a good show. Columbia is still the best and we don’t have to dress out half the middle school to look big and sound loud.

Robert Minter

August 25th, 2009
8:54 am

Cairo High School marching Syrupmakers have been great for years. They are the eptiome of decorum!

Koluminati

August 25th, 2009
8:54 am

@LA Transplant: Not only was SWD featured in a REALITY SHOW…Southwest Dekalb was the featured band in DRUMLINE sweetheart….SO YES HANDS DOWN SOUTHWEST DEKALB HAS THE BEST BAND IN THE LAND!!!!!!

Band Mom

August 25th, 2009
8:57 am

Woodstock Wolverine Marching Band is the best…they have come a long way and rock the house. Go Woodstock! The students have pulled together each year to be the best. Proud of our student!

Band Mom and proud of it

August 25th, 2009
8:59 am

Hillgrove High School. Young school that started with a marching and of 60 kids 3 years ago to a marching band of 158 this year. Great directors who take the time to get to know the kids and treat them with respect. I have spent many hours with the band and you could not find a more respectful and dedicated group of students. We may not be large with a bunch of trophies but what we lack in size we make up for in spirit.

Don

August 25th, 2009
9:12 am

Lassiter H. S. in Marietta for the best corps style band. Southwest Dekalb for best show band.

Bearden

August 25th, 2009
9:18 am

Trion High School Bulldog Marching Band from Trion GA……….Small band but AWESOME!!!!! has GREAT sound and ALWAYS puts on a great show!!!!!

one of the best Drumlines around also!!!!!!

Thanks to band director, Andy Cox and percussion instructor, Bobby Crosby!!!!!!!!!

chromatic scale

August 25th, 2009
9:21 am

B.E. Mays High! Quality and Class.

Hawk Fan

August 25th, 2009
9:24 am

Hillgrove is a young program but really preforms like it has many season’s under it’s belt. The Director’s are fantastic and the students are motivated and work hard all year long. A band to really watch!

J

August 25th, 2009
9:29 am

Lassiter and Pope

Brazilia120

August 25th, 2009
9:29 am

Jeffrey Baker apparently doesn’t go to games out of the Atlanta area. The Ga. Bridgemen have played at halftime against SWD, Stephenson, Parkview, Brookwood, and a number of metro Atlanta bands, and no one has bested them. Not a “Marching Band”, and not a “stepping” band. They are simply the best in the South.

Viking Warrior

August 25th, 2009
9:35 am

The Lowndes High Georgia Bridgeman, the finest show band in the south, and their record proves it.

LBenton

August 25th, 2009
9:36 am

Milton High School!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MamaHawk

August 25th, 2009
9:43 am

Hillgrove has an awesome marching band. Next year is the big 5-A and Hillgrove is sure to give the other bands in the state, a run for their money!

AstroFan

August 25th, 2009
9:43 am

I agree. Douglass and Washington has set the footsteps for over FORTY YEARS for Traditional style marching bands in Atlanta. Everybody else just fall in line behind us.

Sting 'em Buzz

August 25th, 2009
9:45 am

The West Hall Band of Silver is the best marching band.

Myway

August 25th, 2009
9:46 am

Hillgrove High School band is AWESOME! To be a new school, they have one of the strongest band programs. The directors are phenomenal and the kids really put their hearts into making it a premier band.

Melanie

August 25th, 2009
9:47 am

Hillgrove High has the best band and the best directors!

peanuts

August 25th, 2009
9:53 am

Why does it have to be an Atlanta area band? Bainbridge High School’s band is truly first class. I’ll stack them up against high school band in the south. Over 300 members strong, marched at the Macy’s parade in NYC and featured on the Today show. Now that’s something few Atlanta area high school bands can match.

Jean

August 25th, 2009
10:15 am

Doouglass High!

Wondering

August 25th, 2009
10:21 am

If SWD was the fetured band in Drumline…. why were that asking members from all over the metro area to try-out to be members of the band in the movie? Seems to me then that it wouldnt totally be SWD’s band. Anyway Frederick Douglass High and Booker T. Washington has set the footprints and paved the way for almost all of the bands in the metro area being shouted out on this forum… But, we are too busy building our careers and getting an education to post that we are the best simply because we already know our status’. Lets kick a little Asssssttttttttroos! Thanks and I am returning to work! :~) Have a great day you guys

The BIG D

August 25th, 2009
10:22 am

FREDERICK DOUGLASS HIGH. THE BIG, THE BOLD, THE BLACK AND THE GOLD!!!!