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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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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

Fan of Band

August 24th, 2009
11:55 am

Hillgrove Band – Hillgrove High School. A new school whose program has really taken off.

Lassiter Band – One of the premier in Cobb County.

Gwen Williams

August 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

SouthWest Dekalb High School

Band Geek

August 24th, 2009
1:31 pm

Norcross…………….

Phillips

August 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

Forest Park High School Band!! The marching Panthers!

Kay

August 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

Hey, Gwen
I have to second you on Southwest DeKalb High School. I live in Clarkston right by Georgia Perimeter College and I get to hear all of the High School bands.

Lacey

August 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Central Carroll High School :]

Alumini

August 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

Druid Hills Marching Red Devils and Dazzling Divas are the ONE !!!

bandmom

August 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

Flash of Crimson band from Forsyth Central High School rocks the house every year!

Susie

August 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

Redan High School!!! All the way!!!!

Marie

August 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

2008 Bands of America Results

01 – 87.45 – Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA
02 – 86.45 – Harrison H.S., GA
03 – 83.70 – Lafayette H.S., LA
04 – 80.95 – Westminster H.S., MD
05 – 80.10 – Carlton J. Kell H.S., GA
06 – 79.55 – Walton H.S., GA
07 – 78.75 – Ooltewah H.S., TN
08 – 78.75 – Seminole H.S., FL
09 – 78.40 – Blue Springs H.S., MO
10 – 77.40 – Alan C. Pope H.S., GA
11 – 77.05 – Forsyth Central H.S., GA
12 – 74.55 – McEachern H.S., GA

Decatur's Finest

August 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

No Doubt about it, SWD all the way!!! We Rock the House!!!

Lauren

August 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

Denise

August 24th, 2009
3:09 pm

Everybody knows that South West DeKalb High School is the best band in the south.

Denise

August 24th, 2009
3:09 pm

Everybody knows that South West DeKalb High School is the best band in the south.

Shauna

August 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

Redan High School. Go Raiders!!!!!!

Just a teacher

August 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

Fayette County High School Marching Tigers! I’d list their accolades, but there isn’t enough room.

b

August 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

East Coweta High

Dekalb Fan

August 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

I really like the Stephenson High School. Full of energy, class and a great sound.

JoeLaDuke

August 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

GA has the best high school bands period…..from corps style (Lassiter, Kennesaw Mountain, etc.) to show style (SWD, Redan, etc.)

Dacula

August 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

Dacula High School

Proud Chief

August 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Sequoyah High School Band of Chiefs!!!!

Panther4Life

August 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

Southwest Dekalb marching Panthers. “We Rock The House”!!!!!

md

August 24th, 2009
3:28 pm

The mighty Bulldogs of B.T.WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL. The BULLDOGS are back

Music Critic

August 24th, 2009
3:29 pm

The “Kings of Halftime” the MLK Lions. I like there sound, showmanship and most of all they perform with class. I don’t see that in SWD’s performances nor Stephenson. MLK is Truly the “Kings of Halftime”

william bell

August 24th, 2009
3:30 pm

Southwest Dekalb High School Band

Jenn

August 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

Harrison High School – They have the most class, harder music, and great leaders! Go HOYAS!

unknown

August 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

Redan High School Blue Thunder Marching Band…..Go Raiders….

petra

August 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

Enter your comments here

Sean Taylor

August 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Although I went to Sprayberry in the early 90’s, I’d begrudgingly have to say that right now, Lassiter, Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain are the three best bands I’ve seen in recent years. Lassiter has two BOA Grand Nationals Championship titles in recent memory and Kennesaw Mountain has come very close to winning it all.
I’d like to point out that Sprayberry came in 2nd in like 1981 or sometime around then and we probably could have whooped Lassiter and anybody else in 1991 and 1992.

Jarmal

August 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

The High, “Savannah High”

Lithonia Mom

August 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

The Lithonia High School Marching Bull Dawgs under the direction of Mr. David High! Go Bull Dawgs!!!!!

Not to be a hater, but SW DeKalb, Stephenson and Redan all employ the use of “horn holders” — fillers who dance and make the band look good, but theu can’t actually PLAY an instrument. All Lithonia Band members can actually PLAY — no horn holders in our band!

Pat

August 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Walton High School – Watch them in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2010!

DJ

August 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

East Paulding Raider Brigade!!!!

Corey

August 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

“We Rock The House”!!! Southwest Dekalb High all day

say what?

August 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

Enter your comments here

LPC

August 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

Brookwood High School!!!!!!!

Karen Fountain

August 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

B E Mays High School Marching Raiders…enough said!
c/o 1992
Flute Section

carlton johnson

August 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

The awards over the last 15-20 years tell the story…Lassiter High.

Rebecca Riley

August 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Without a doubt – Winder-Barrow High School Band – musicality and difficulty of the music they perform. The WBHS band would stand up to most college bands around the land.

Music Critic

August 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

MLK Lions are the “Kings of Halftime!”

Band Favorite

August 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

I’ll nominate the band once I see their academic ratings! All play and no work makes a school less desirable.

Charles

August 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Kell has a long way to go to equal Lassiter or Kennesaw Mt.

Dazzling Diamond2000

August 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Stephenson High School!! Go Jaguars!!!!!

Charles

August 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Jerome

August 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

Redan high school. P.S. If anyone list a band outside of Dekalb Co. They are not being honest or just hve no clue as to what a band should sould like

pmuckle

August 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

KOH KING OF HALFTIME

Ms. E

August 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

The “Kings of Halftime”, but of course!!!! M.L.K. Lions !!!

Grymm

August 24th, 2009
4:25 pm

While in highschool I had some serious battles with the football team.Yet I have to say Southwest Dekalb

Carla

August 24th, 2009
4:26 pm

Lithonia H.S. Goooooo Bulldogs!!!

Pogo

August 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, from the Land of the Trembling Earth, it’s the Ware County High School Golden Gator Marching Band!

Black Panther (Huey Newton)

August 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

S.W.D!!!!!!!!!! Marching Panthers the best band in the land. S…….W……D SWD WE ROCK THE HOUSE

Andrea

August 24th, 2009
4:31 pm

I have to go with the Mays Raiders!!! On point every game.

Marching Band Lover!

August 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

ALL SOUTH DeKalb County High bands rock the house ALL DAY LONG. Much love and respect to Lithonia, Miller Grove, Stephenson, SW DeKalb, MLK, Redan and Stone Mountain! These kids all work hard and they play and perform like no one else.

Decatur's Finest

August 24th, 2009
4:34 pm

Ok Lithonia Mom, you are a hater. I’ve witness the transformation of Dekalb Co. High School bands since the days of the old Walker High and Columbia High bands would slug it out @ Avondale Stadium in the 80’s. Since the 90’s and still today, SWD has been the best. I’ve witness all of Dekalb Co. Bands @ the annual Spring jamboree and it has been no contest, SWD continues to ROCK THE HOUSE!!! Horn holders are @ Stephenson High, where they have a Big Band with no sound. Lithonia has come up but is not ready for the Big Time. Only Redan and MLK can provide a challenge to SWD but like in previous years, SWD has knock their banner down!!!

3 Stacks

August 24th, 2009
4:37 pm

Redan Raiders go “Blue Thunder”!!!

sam hudson

August 24th, 2009
4:42 pm

Rome High ,donot count out the country schools,they are small but loud. GO WOLVES

LA Transplant

August 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

@ Decatur’s Finest: There is room in DeKalb County for other bands besides SWD. Just because SWD was featured on a lame reality show doesn’t make them the best. Some of the other bands in the southern part of DeKalb County are pretty good, too! I agree with Lithonia Mom –bands with horn holders are prepetrators . . . and SWD DOES have some horn holders. You’d better ask somebody!

Mum

August 24th, 2009
4:45 pm

Druid Hills. They might be small, but they sure can play.

Ola Mom

August 24th, 2009
4:45 pm

Ola High School Marching Band.
Go Mustangs!!!!!

Sleeper

August 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Druid Hills?!?! MUWHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Oh stop! You’re killing me!

Dr. B

August 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

Heritage High School in Conyers!!

AW

August 24th, 2009
4:57 pm

J C Young Middle School’s jazz band could take any high school. We aren’t talking dancing, we are talking crisp, clean sound.

Marla J.

August 24th, 2009
4:59 pm

Everyone is rightfully proud of their own high school marching band. I’ll tell you who REALLY rocks: BAND PARENTS! W’re the ones who pay the astronomical band dues and support our band programs in any way possible. We’re in the stands cheering even when the football team sucks. So let’s hear it for Band Parents ALL over Georgia, and even all over the U.S.!!!!!

mackenzie

August 24th, 2009
5:02 pm

milton high school #1

mackenzie

August 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

Enter your comments here

Decatur's Finest

August 24th, 2009
5:06 pm

@ LA Transplant. I know all about the bands on the southern part of Dekalb Co. Unlike you, I’m a true ATL Alien and I speak the true and nothing but the truth. So if SWD was featured on a LAMO reality show, where does this leave the other bands??? You are speaking to a Graduate of FAMU and section leader of the Drums. I know what it takes to become an excellent band. Now you ask somebody!!!!

Ex-Band Nerd

August 24th, 2009
5:09 pm

Marla is right ALL bands are great in their own way! Parents: thanks for supporting your kids by giving them something POSITIVE to do. ALL HS BANDS ARE THE BEST! And band nerds will one day rule the world!

LA Transplant

August 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

@ Decatur’s Finest: So what? You went to FAMU. Big friggin’ deal. I stand by my comment. BTW, for a college graduate your grammar and punctuation SUCKS. They must not teach that at FAMU, Mr./Ms. band section leader. I’m glad my kid turned down the scholarship he was offered to FAMU. I’d rather he get a QUALITY education than be a part of the (in)famous Marching 100. And THATS the “true and nothing but the truth.” Loser.

TMG

August 24th, 2009
5:15 pm

SouthWest Dekalb!!!! The rest DONT compare!

Love the Bands

August 24th, 2009
5:17 pm

I agree with the vote for Hillgrove. A new band with outstanding directors and dedicated students that also excel on the marching field and in the classroom.

ashley

August 24th, 2009
5:24 pm

Hillgrove High School has a great band.

Mo

August 24th, 2009
5:24 pm

SWD All the way!

Decatur’s Finest – dont argue with the haters! I was proud marching Panther as well. Horn Holders? LMAO! Everyone has SOME excuse as to why SWD isnt a great marching band….

Now I wont take away from MLK, Stephenson..they have some great programs there as well. Lithonia…still creeping on a come up.

MS. E. S.

August 24th, 2009
5:29 pm

okay, SWD has always been everyone’s vote. you take chapel hill, chapel hill middle and swd and combine. lol. Lets be real. All the schools are not their own schools. None. We all need to stop and be real. Now interesting enough when it comes to money, lets talk about MLK – and then even Miller Grove. Money wise they raise and they do for their students.

Dana Dane

August 24th, 2009
5:33 pm

I haven’t seen Miller Grove mentioned. For a relatively new school, they have a great program. They look and sound good on the field. Keeping my eye on them. :-)

Skinner

August 24th, 2009
6:25 pm

Druid Hills High School Red Devils are absolutely the very best ever

Red Devil Mom

August 24th, 2009
6:31 pm

Druid HIlls Red Devils and their band director, Ms. Monica Fogg Go Red Devils all the way.

Bill

August 24th, 2009
6:58 pm

I wonder if this competition shouldn’t be divided into corps-style bands and show-style bands. You just can’t compare the two. Apples and oranges. (This does not mean “white” bands vs. “black” bands, since there are black musicians in corps bands and white musicians in show bands.)

Druid Hills High School Marching Band

August 24th, 2009
7:07 pm

A small band with a big sound. The mighty Druid Hills band gets down!

#1 Fan

Tracey

Bill

August 24th, 2009
7:32 pm

No votes for the Granite Bowl?

trying hard to be patient

August 24th, 2009
7:39 pm

Can you all say: “GHETTO FABULOUS” They all stink!!!!

Band Mom

August 24th, 2009
7:43 pm

Norcross is awesome!!! Especially the drumline!

Union Grove HS Band

August 24th, 2009
7:51 pm

Union Grove HS Marching Wolverines!

B Abrams

August 24th, 2009
8:01 pm

SWD class of 1997!!! Yeah baby

Cheryl

August 24th, 2009
8:02 pm

Southwest Dekalb Marching Band is the Best because they set the standard that all other bands measure themselves by.

John

August 24th, 2009
8:05 pm

The Mighty Marching Astros of Douglass High

Dog Fan

August 24th, 2009
8:05 pm

George Walton Academy Marching Bulldog Band from Monroe, GA
USSBA Southern States Championship – Chattanooga, TN – 2008 Class 5 1st Place Open Champions.
USSBA National Championships – Annapolis, MD – 4th in Class 5 Open with overall Score of 96.7;
10th Overall in the entire Championship!!

Out of school

August 24th, 2009
8:08 pm

Stephenson High School

CCS

August 24th, 2009
8:08 pm

Go Big Blue! Norcross HS band & color guard!

4 jacks

August 24th, 2009
8:10 pm

South Paulding High School, only 4 years old, but a darn good band with great music and precision marching…not dancing…this ain’t no disco.

Tony

August 24th, 2009
8:10 pm

Carrollton Trojan Band!!!!

Traci

August 24th, 2009
8:11 pm

Forever the Booker T Washington Marching Band !!!!!

C

August 24th, 2009
8:18 pm

Lassiter. Can’t believe this is even a question?
2 National Championships, with two other top five finishes? That’s NATIONAL championships.

This topic should be split into show bands and corps style though. Two totally different types of bands.

Terrie

August 24th, 2009
8:27 pm

My favorite is Hillgrove High School band. They have come a long way in just a few years.

Former Band Mom

August 24th, 2009
8:27 pm

As several have tried to point out…it all depends on the marching style of the band. Bands of America sponsors corps style marching that emphasizes marching technique as well as musicality. Cobb County Schools had winners for a long time in Lassiter and Sprayberry. Now Kennesaw Mt., Harrison, McEachern, Kell and others have joined in to provide more competition from Cobb County. Gary Markam was the head of bands for Cobb County schools and did a fabulous job. I’m not sure if he’s still with the County or not. Loved my days as a band mom and made many fantastic memories on the trips that I chaperoned!

julie c, band mom extraordinaire

August 24th, 2009
8:29 pm

GWA MARCHING BULLDOG BAND!!!

J

August 24th, 2009
8:32 pm

NORCROSS HIGH SCHOOL!! YEAH BLUE DEVILS!!!

Brent Scott

August 24th, 2009
8:36 pm

http://www.jeff-davis.k12.ga.us/~tfbrown/

The Jeff Davis High School Marching Band in Hazlehurst, GA.

Cindy Harrell

August 24th, 2009
8:37 pm

The Marching Pirates of Brunswick High School, Brunswick, GA

Courtney

August 24th, 2009
8:39 pm

Always will be NHS! Norcross!!!!

SteveR

August 24th, 2009
8:39 pm

Kennesaw Mountain has the best marching, but their band director is a sadist who over-works the kids. Harrison has the best music and their entire program won the internationally awarded Sudler Flag of Honor (one of only 50 something programs in the world since 1983). They have a music program that produces excellence in all their programs, not just marching.

murphy jr

August 24th, 2009
8:53 pm

The Jaguars of Stephenson High School, Stone Mountain GA

Trojan "73

August 24th, 2009
8:59 pm

It has to be “first down Vikings” or as they are better known, The BRIDGEMAN who are THE LOWNDES HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND in 1AAAAAA is the best I have seen.

Christine

August 24th, 2009
9:04 pm

Amazing, supposed grown adults have to call each others losers. Welcome to life, we all have our opinions. We are supposed to be able to state them and not be called names for them.
As for the bands… Lasiter and Sprayberry.

Trumpet Player

August 24th, 2009
9:05 pm

Norcross High School’s band program as a whole is one of the finest in the southeast. It’s marching band should certainly be included in the top 5 in Georgia.

Stephanie Stephens-Hardaway

August 24th, 2009
9:10 pm

Druid Hills High School Band is the best in Atlanta! Come see us and you will see!

flymommy2dmb!

August 24th, 2009
9:13 pm

Kennesaw Mountain High School!!!!

Stephen

August 24th, 2009
9:22 pm

Forest Park High is the best in Atlanta.

psi guy

August 24th, 2009
9:24 pm

SWD Truly the best band in the land

Terrance SWD ALUMNI 2003

August 24th, 2009
9:25 pm

YO I WAS PEOPLE WOULD TAKE THESE SORRY SCHOOLS OFF THIS LIST.NOW EVERYONE KNOWS THAT SWD HAS ONE OF THE BEST BANDS IN THE LAND AND THE BEST BANDS RESIDE IN FULTON AND DEKALB COUNTY.SO EVERYBODY JUST NEEDS CHILL OUT UNTIL THERE SCHOOL IS FEATURED IN A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE AND HAS THERE OWN TV SHOW.SWD PANTHERS ALL THE WAY.

Raidermom

August 24th, 2009
9:25 pm

East Paulding Raider Brigade!! Go Raiders!!

MCDOGG

August 24th, 2009
9:26 pm

S.H.A. ARCHER HIGH 1976-1980

MRS.B

August 24th, 2009
9:26 pm

HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS ACT ALL THE WAY. THIS BAND IS APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES!!!!!!!!!!

Alumini

August 24th, 2009
9:28 pm

Red Devils…Druid HIlls

AtlantaFan

August 24th, 2009
9:29 pm

The Big, The Bold, The Black and The Gold, Frederick Douglass Marching Astros. Always have the most class and represents Atlanta well.

Born and Raised Georgia

August 24th, 2009
9:35 pm

I’m sorry but for all of those SWD fans, the band is truly overrated. Let the records be known: Cedar Grove Marching Saints is the BEST Band from 1995-2002 with Mr. M. Decuir. Stephenson has been on point since Cedar Grove crumbled. Lithonia and Columbia are starting to be the best right now. Miller Grove and MLK are just starting and have a long ways to go.

NOT TELLING

August 24th, 2009
9:35 pm

SHILOH HIGH SCHOOL IS THE ONE TO WATCH! new band director, new year, new look. Come out and watch them you’ll see!

crgaddis

August 24th, 2009
9:36 pm

Northwest Whitfield High School Band

gaddisro

August 24th, 2009
9:37 pm

Southeast Whitfield High School

Bud_Roswell

August 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

Has to be Lassiter. The size of the band and the sound they makes. Sounds like a symphonic band on a field.

John

August 24th, 2009
9:39 pm

State’s 10 Best Without Question But Not Necessarily in Order

Carrollton
Lassiter
Fayette County
Brookwood
Rome
Southwest DeKalb
Lowndes
East Paulding
McEachern
Tift County

lashanda

August 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

Morrow High School

Kelly

August 24th, 2009
9:44 pm

George Walton Academy, Monore GA!!!
3 time GISA State Champs :)

Laurie

August 24th, 2009
9:45 pm

walton band. THEY ARE GOING TO BE IN THE ROSE BOWL PARADE! THE ONLY HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND IN GEORGIA!

rgaddis

August 24th, 2009
9:48 pm

Ringgold High School Band

Mikefalcon63

August 24th, 2009
9:52 pm

The Georgia Bridgemen of Lowndes High!

Wesley Glover

August 24th, 2009
9:54 pm

How can you have a band competition without the Lowndes High Bridgemen? Easily the premier band of South Ga.

Teacher

August 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

North Clayton High School Band is the best Band in The Land!!!!!!

astro member

August 24th, 2009
10:01 pm

For four decades now the might astros of frederick douglass and the bulldogs of washington established the mark for everybody else to follow. most of you are following in the footsteps we laid. hands down the two best in georgia. added to that list is the swd band now the number one. the end!

Jay

August 24th, 2009
10:03 pm

Southwest Dekalb is the best band in the south hands down. People from other states talk about SWD band.

Gator Actual

August 24th, 2009
10:07 pm

Lassiter High School. 2 time Grand National Champions BOA.

Fan

August 24th, 2009
10:20 pm

Stephenson High Stone Mountain

Jen

August 24th, 2009
10:20 pm

Lithia Springs

TommyBoy

August 24th, 2009
10:30 pm

All Lassiter, all the time.

astro member

August 24th, 2009
10:43 pm

to trying hard to be patient–The ghetto fabulous comment was unwarranted. No one should be put down because they are born into a non affluent category. Most of the aforementioned bands of Atlanta, Fulton and Dekalb counties don’t have the funds to compete nationally with the schools with affluent parents. Use this medium to honor all those bands that have earned their bragging rights not tear it apart with your ignorant comments. We georgians realized we have the best of all worlds including the high school bands.

Katrina

August 24th, 2009
10:43 pm

Forsyth Central H.S. – Flash of Crimson Marching Band – with a drum line that is awe-inspiring! The band students, John Mashburn and Tom Tucker create miracles of music every year! Disciplined, classy and superior!!!

Courtney

August 24th, 2009
10:51 pm

Morror High School

joeinformed

August 24th, 2009
11:06 pm

OK SWD IS OVERRATED…..WE SEEN THAT WHEN MILLER GROVE GOT ON YALL HEADS AT JAMBOREE….YALL ARE NOT WHAT YOU GUYS ONCE WERE..NOW YALL ARE STILL A GOOD BAND BUT THE BEST TWO BANDS ARE STEPHENSON BEST SOUND IN DEKALB CO. AND REDAN WHO COME WITH POWER AND SOUND … IT GOES STEPHENSON,REDAN ,MLK,SWD,MILLER GROVE…

tgm

August 24th, 2009
11:08 pm

Brookwood High School by far has the most enthusiastic and professional HS marching band around. This year’s show ‘JOY’ is fast paced, technically excellent and a delight to watch.

Viking Dad

August 24th, 2009
11:14 pm

Lakeside Drumline!

Al Bundy

August 24th, 2009
11:20 pm

Parkview…need I say more?

RC

August 24th, 2009
11:32 pm

ATLborn

August 24th, 2009
11:51 pm

I haven’t been to a HS game with a good band in years so I’m speaking purely from what I experienced back in the 80s – early ’00s when I regularly witnessed great HS bands. I’d have to rate the top 10 I’ve seen as:

1. SWD (truly a great band)
2. South Atlanta
3. Booker T. Washington (Is number 1 if u take in to account overall history of a band performing at a high level)
4. McNair
5. Columbia
6. Lucy Laney (Augusta, GA)
7. Redan
8. Towers
9. Crim
10. Stephenson

(I’ve never seen MLK so I can’t call it with them)

Andre

August 24th, 2009
11:52 pm

MLK the kings of halftime.

ATLborn

August 24th, 2009
11:54 pm

Tri- Cities was good back in the day and so was the old Fulton High Band. Mays is pretty good, so is North Atlanta. Cedar Grove used to have a great band as well, but the fell off in the late 90s.

Fred R

August 24th, 2009
11:56 pm

Druid Hills all the way.

blate

August 24th, 2009
11:58 pm

The Drumline of Druid Hills. Go Red Devils!!!!

Sweatboxx 1993

August 25th, 2009
12:01 am

Mays Marching Raiders is da bomb.. Go Atomic Thunder..

90 Degrees

August 25th, 2009
12:06 am

Benjamin E. Mays High School!

Band member

August 25th, 2009
12:15 am

Under the direction of our new band director, McNair Marching Mustangs is going to take them all!

Isiah

August 25th, 2009
1:12 am

Mays High Marching Raider Band

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!!!!

The BIG D

August 25th, 2009
10:24 am

They asked for ATLANTA schools…sorry but not Dekalb or any other county or city. THE MIGHTY MARCHING ASTROS>>>>THANKS

Band Fan

August 25th, 2009
10:25 am

Carrollton HS Trojan Marching Band!

chandra

August 25th, 2009
10:48 am

Hillgrove Band Rocks!!!! The students and staff blow me away with their talent and commitment to excellence.

CJM

August 25th, 2009
10:51 am

Lassiter High School definitely. The have been on top of their game for years now. Also Kennesaw Mt and Kell HS. Kell had picked up the past few years and their musicianship is wonderful.

Screamin' Eagle

August 25th, 2009
11:22 am

Benjamin E. Mays High School Marching Raiders!! By far.

meg

August 25th, 2009
11:56 am

NORCROSS HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND!

Decatur's Finest

August 25th, 2009
12:24 pm

SWD, all the way!!!!

Bryson

August 25th, 2009
12:41 pm

Hillgrove!!! Without a doubt. Young but GREAT band!

Kevyn

August 25th, 2009
12:45 pm

Proud to say my son is a part of the awesome percussion section at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, GA. So my vote will have to go with them!

Former Decatur Mom

August 25th, 2009
1:14 pm

SWD (Southwest Dekalb) without a doubt. With all due respect Lithonia Mom, I can promise you the band has more than just horn holders. The band students actually know their music. One can be singled out at anytime. SWD has played LEVEL 6 MUSIC for years. Level 6 is college level for those who may not know.

Former Decatur Mom

August 25th, 2009
1:25 pm

Wondering-to answer your question, I was on the set of drumline almost everyday for 1 1/2 months. I can’t answer the question regarding audtions but I can say that there were approximately 156 members of the fictitious Atlanta A&T band of which 120 were SWD band members and the others were from Clark.

Drummer101

August 25th, 2009
1:40 pm

Go Hillgrove

Band Nerd

August 25th, 2009
1:59 pm

Hillgrove High School Marching Band is the best!

Trypout76

August 25th, 2009
2:24 pm

Jamie

August 25th, 2009
2:27 pm

Hillgrove High School Marching Band!!!

Alumini

August 25th, 2009
2:27 pm

I totally agree that Druid Hills Marching Red Devils and the Dazzling Divas are the BEST!!! No Doubt About!!!

berdie

August 25th, 2009
2:32 pm

George Walton Academy Marching Bulldog Band, Monroe, GA

GWA’s band is made up of 7th through 12th graders. That’s what you do when your entire high school is the size of some school’s marching bands. GWA competes against such bands regularly and usually wins. They are AMAZING!

Pnice

August 25th, 2009
3:00 pm

FDH (Frederick Douglass Highschool)

Band Nerd

August 25th, 2009
3:01 pm

Hillgrove High School Band!!!

jenny

August 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

Hillgrove Band HIlgrove High School GA even though they are really young they have improved so much and under the direction of Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Erwin and the rest of the staff they are going to be big

AUSTELL-COBB COUNTY

August 25th, 2009
4:59 pm

PEBBLEBROOK HIGH SCHOOL, PERFORMING ARTS MAGNATE PROGRAM…..CHECK THEM OUT

Mary Fortenberry

August 25th, 2009
5:00 pm

Hillgrove High School Bands…no doubt about it.

Panther95

August 25th, 2009
5:51 pm

Therrell High School

WB

August 25th, 2009
6:10 pm

Hillgrove High has a fantastic program.

TAB

August 25th, 2009
6:50 pm

Hillgrove Band. Go HAWKS!

Band Dad

August 25th, 2009
6:57 pm

Hillgrove is the best new band out there.

LowndesVikings

August 25th, 2009
6:58 pm

LOWNDES HIGH SCHOOL GEORGIA BRIDGEMEN ARE THE BEST BAND IN THE STATE BY FAR!!!!

band fan

August 25th, 2009
7:03 pm

Lowndes High School Georgia Bridgemen. Best band in the state.

here’s their Resume to prove it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VepCiD_F8ac

marching hawk

August 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

The Hillgrove Band rocks. Dedication, determination, and excellence are what we strive for. With Mr. Ferrel and Mr. Erwin were the best at what we do. It doesn’t take much more to go first class!!!

Sen10r

August 25th, 2009
7:56 pm

Hillgrove Band :D [besides playing ability they are really nice people to know!]

Marimba Chick

August 25th, 2009
8:00 pm

Hillgrove high school!

Chris L

August 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

Definitely Hillgrove High School. Their directors have much experience in the field of music. Their marching band has shown excessive progress with each passing year. Their concert bands have also scored high in scoring and popularity.

Luke

August 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

The Hillgrove High School Marching Band is awesome!

Saxygirl9

August 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

Hillgrove High School, without a doubt.

Frank Kewrok

August 25th, 2009
8:44 pm

Hillgrove High School Marching Band!!!!

Cobb

August 25th, 2009
8:47 pm

I’ll say all 16 bands in Cobb should be on top of this list. Markham has run the best HS band program for years now in that county. As a CAMPBELL BANDS student, i’ve gotta nominate us–we may be small, but boy are we mighty. Look us up.

Lassiter has to come just behind.

Cobb

August 25th, 2009
8:48 pm

[or should I say in OUR county. Campbell is also in Cobb, right alongside Lassiter, Kenn. Mtn, Harrison, Walton, Pope, Pebblebrook, South Cobb, Kell, McEachern., Hillgrove, etc...]

Damon

August 25th, 2009
8:54 pm

Hillgrove H.S.: relatively new school that brings it all every time.

3phase eventer

August 25th, 2009
9:02 pm

Hillgrove High School- only 4 years old and their already turning heads at competitions and marching astounding shows.

Lori Jurewicz

August 25th, 2009
9:07 pm

I have to vote for Hillgrove Bands!!!! They started 4 years ago with a high standard of excellence and have maintained and improved every year!!! I am proud to have a child in the band and am impressed with the Band Directors and their devotion to the kids!!!

Rebecca

August 25th, 2009
9:09 pm

Hillgrove High school :D Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Erwin are amazing directors and really push the band to be their best! Fly high Hawks!

h.k.

August 25th, 2009
9:11 pm

I’ve gotta agree–Campbell’s band has certainly gained skill since I taught there–im now a teacher at Hillgrove, and we’ve got an amazing program for 4 years old, but my former school’s is also great!

Jono

August 25th, 2009
9:16 pm

Hillgrove Band: New band out there, but really making their place out there in the band world.

Band kid

August 25th, 2009
9:17 pm

I would have to agree with a lot of these people and say Hillgrove High school. They have really shocked everyone by how much they have grown in the past years. They made finals in BOA Orlando last year with it being only their third year marching(second year with uniforms).

Lassiter is also a great band, but Hillgrove is someone to watch.

Mary

August 25th, 2009
9:20 pm

George Walton Academy in Monroe!!!! GO DAWGS!!!

Jono

August 25th, 2009
9:21 pm

Hillgrove- they may be new, but really making their place out there in the band world, really creative shows too, I can’t wait to see what this season has in store and how far they’ll go!

LisaO

August 25th, 2009
9:23 pm

PEACHTREE RIDGE “ROARING LIONS” MARCHING BAND

Bill

August 25th, 2009
9:30 pm

Pebblebrook does have a fine band. As for Hillgrove, we hear ya. Enough, though.

LowndesVikings001

August 25th, 2009
9:30 pm

Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen by far the best band in the state of georgia!!!

Hawk Mom

August 25th, 2009
9:46 pm

Hillgrove all the way!! To be such a young program – they have come a long way – Great directors – Great students – Great parents – GO HAWKS!!

siggy

August 25th, 2009
9:46 pm

Certainly Pebblebrook is on that top list?!
But besides them, I do hear Campbell practicing from my yard up the street, and they always sound quite nice.

Lawlrus

August 25th, 2009
10:13 pm

in no particular order
1. Kennesaw Mountain
2. Lassiter
3. Harrison
4. Hillgrove

Ahkmed habib

August 25th, 2009
11:09 pm

Being a member of a band and Drumline in Cobb county is an amazing experience. The students and directors work so hard to put shows on the field that demonstrate their dedication and passion. For my list I would put lassiter, kenn mountain, harrison, and Hillgrove in no order. 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

BAND FAN!!!

August 25th, 2009
11:17 pm

Hillgrove High School all the way!
Walton and Lassiter are up there too!

Hillgrove Band Parent

August 26th, 2009
12:20 am

Hillgrove Band is the BEST! HHS is a new school that has built an incredible band program in 3 years. This year promises to be the best thanks to Mr. Ferrill and Mr. Erwin and all of their support instructors.

Band Nana

August 26th, 2009
1:09 am

I’ve had the occasion to observe metro high school bands for years. Without a shadow of a doubt, MLK Lions are the best all-round marching band in the state. They’ve proven it in academics. They’ve proven it in the overall substance and style of their program. They have classy instructors who turn out an equally classy product. No disrespect to the widely popular and great program at Southwest DeKalb, but they are grossly overrated.

Ilene Hodges

August 26th, 2009
7:43 am

Hillgrove High School is awesome! The dedication of the directors and students is obvious and they all LOVE what they’re doing. They’ve only been together for a short time but are able to compete with any other band. The atmosphere is positive, respectful, and supportive and this group always gets praise from venue hosts on their hard work and excellent behavior. They are inspiring to watch!

Alexandria Causey

August 26th, 2009
8:17 am

B.E. Mays Raiders says it all just come and watch the best of th best perform.

Jaguar Fan

August 26th, 2009
9:11 am

Stephenson High

Nancy Zak

August 26th, 2009
9:34 am

I HAVE BEEN TO NUMEROUS COMPETITIONS OVER THE YEARS AND MY VOTE, HANDS DOWN, IS THE GEORGE WALTON ACADEMY BULLDOGS MARCHING BAND!!!!!!

Ms. Jay

August 26th, 2009
11:12 am

I am loyal to my alma mater…The Mighty Panthers of SWD!

AnnieSue

August 26th, 2009
11:26 am

Walton is the total package. Has the strong academics and a great music program. The band is going to the Rose Bowl parade for the 2nd time and consistently competes at the highest level in competitions.

GoBroncos

August 26th, 2009
11:44 am

Gotta love the Brookwood High Marching Broncos!

ding

August 26th, 2009
3:50 pm

the best is Chattahoochee High School

GAMOM

August 26th, 2009
3:52 pm

I have to agree with Fan of the Band–Hillgrove High School has a great band!!

One time, at band camp...

August 26th, 2009
4:13 pm

First off, I’m of the controversial opinion that to be a great band you actually have to march a drill AND play flawlessly. So these bands that stand in place, bump and grind, and only utilize two instruments don’t count. That being said, KENNESAW and East Cobb’s WALTON. And Steve R. – you and some students might think Kennesaw’s band director is a sadist today, but I guarantee his students will feel differently when they are succesful adults because of a work ethic instilled by Kennesaw’s directors. You don’t get to be number one without a hard-driving director.

Kyle Lanzillo

August 26th, 2009
4:20 pm

Hillgrove High School!!!

Valerie Erwin

August 26th, 2009
5:15 pm

Hillgrove H. S. Band only 4 years old; a first class, outstanding high school band program with the best 2 directors in the state!!

Megafunk

August 26th, 2009
5:50 pm

TRI-CITIES ON DECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COME SEE ABOUT US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Drumline

August 26th, 2009
5:56 pm

Tri-Cities definitely put themselves back on the map after strong performances at the high school BOTB and the spring Jamboree… Bulldogs

Orch Dork

August 26th, 2009
6:34 pm

Hillgrove’s Orchestra is the bomb.com. Dr Doke is a great teacher and a mean fiddler….

He can chunk a disc too……

Joe Boland

August 26th, 2009
6:36 pm

Stupid band……

Barbara

August 26th, 2009
8:02 pm

Carrollton High School Trojan Band! 61 years of tradition and excellence!

guardgirl2010

August 26th, 2009
8:23 pm

I would definately have to say the Hillgrove HIgh school marching hawks.
I’m not just saying this just because I am part of the marching band, but our shows our outstanding and we are all lucky to have band directors that care about us and our band and know how to do a show! We are a one big family and work together and work hard each and everyday to have a successful band show!
:)
Also, we have amazing guard instructors too & our guard is great!
Go Hillgrove marching hawks!

Then I would say Lassiter.

Jessica

August 26th, 2009
9:01 pm

who cares about the band!!!!!!!!!

LowndesVikings001

August 26th, 2009
9:40 pm

Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen Band!!!

BestBand

August 26th, 2009
10:08 pm

DRUID HILLS ALL THE WAY!! we have as much heart if not more heart than any of those other big bands!

Awesome Man

August 26th, 2009
10:17 pm

Hillgrove looks like it’s going to be the next Kennesaw or Lassiter. Go Hillgrove!

Tenisha

August 26th, 2009
10:21 pm

Druid Hills Marching Band is the best. We have pride, we have sound, discipline and love for the band, ourselves, our fellow Divas, and Percussionists. Don’t underestimate us because of our size, it has nothing to do with our musicality, dances, or field shows that have the audiences on their feet every time. I LOVE THE BAND. :)

Sempsey Delaine

August 27th, 2009
6:06 am

Nothing tops good ‘ole WARE COUNTY HIGH MARCHNG BAND!!!!! GOOOOO GATORS!

G

August 27th, 2009
9:34 am

I guess if I had to give the nod to a band with a college sound, clean shows, and limited gimmicks….it would have to be Redan. They can hold their own in a parking, on the field, in the stands, etc. It’s been years since I’ve seen a SWD, Stephenson, and MLK show without some big time gimmick.

Toby Cash

August 27th, 2009
11:32 am

Lowndes High School Bridgemen are simply the best.

Annie D

August 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

King of Halftime is ******* Martin Luther King High School MARCHING LIONS

LL

August 27th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think it depends on if you are talking technical marching band, or “entertaining at the games” marching bands. Lassiter & Kennesaw Mountain (and the basically the rest of Cobb county) all compete nationally with Bands of America and Lassiter & Kennesaw Mountain have been national winners. However, these bands don’t focus on entertaining at the football game as much as some other schools in Georgia do…two types of bands. two different categories.

Nathan KK Psi Johnson

August 27th, 2009
1:34 pm

Mays High All the Way…..That Thrill from the Hill…. ” ALL THE WAY FROM 3450 B.E.Mays Dr…..”

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#4
AEA-ALL DAY

SAXYMAN93

August 27th, 2009
7:28 pm

HILLGROVE BAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HC Parent

August 27th, 2009
9:06 pm

Ain’t Nothin’ Finer in the Land than the Hart County Bulldog Marching Band.

Nancy

August 28th, 2009
7:43 am

George Walton Academy

bandfan

August 28th, 2009
9:02 am

Hillgroves band had a great show last year. I’m sure this years show will be even better.

bandfan

August 28th, 2009
9:04 am

Hillgroves band was really good last year. I’m sure this years show will be even better!

CL

August 28th, 2009
10:47 am

My thing is, I enjoy watching SWD when you all have yo sh** together, but dont act like thats every time you take the field. I have seen Miller Grove and Redan handle you on the field, drumline, and in the stands at times. Sometimes being that big can make u kinda sloppy.

Another thing is, since SWD doesnt go to competitions, how can u honestly lay claim? Drumline is over 5 years old now, its time to get back to seeking excellence and showing out when u perform, not because you are huge and on films and TV.

20 year Republican

August 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

Towers High School is the new dominant band of the South!

Straight From the Dec

August 28th, 2009
1:05 pm

SOUTHWEST DEKALB of course!!

sb

August 28th, 2009
3:04 pm

I GOT OUT OF SWD IN 1969 AND THEY HAD THE BEST BAND THEN AND GLAD TO HEAR THAT THEY STILL HAVE THE BEST! IF YOU WANNA BE THE MAN YOU GOTTA BEAT THE MAN. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK SWD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SWD95

August 28th, 2009
4:13 pm

All of this is hilarious! There are so many great high school bands in the metro Atlanta area. Me being an alumnus of the great SWD there is no need to question where my vote goes. However, I must admit many of the bands mentioned are very good. Regardless of anyone’s opinion on them, SWD is recognized around the world. Many things that some are doing now or are attempting to do now SWD has already done. From parades, to inaugurations, to the olympics, to sporting events, to movies, and tv they have done it. True some of these bands MAY have gotten the best of them a time or two. But let’s be real and honest about this….. SWD has set the standard and others are following in their foosteps. And also keep in mind that many of the band directors in metro Atlanta attended SWD.

Chocodrop7

August 28th, 2009
4:29 pm

Lithonia High School. Go Bulldogs!

JP

August 28th, 2009
5:53 pm

Riverdale High School… Every1 kno we da best

dekalb fan

August 28th, 2009
7:07 pm

I 2nd the motion Stepnenson all the way

jbjacks augusta

August 28th, 2009
7:07 pm

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jbjacks augusta

August 28th, 2009
7:09 pm

marching trojans of coffee high douglas ga.

Steve

August 28th, 2009
7:14 pm

Flash of Crimson from Forsyth Central – way to go FOC!

EHorton

August 28th, 2009
7:15 pm

Tri-Cities!!!!!!!!!!

Kristophson

August 28th, 2009
7:15 pm

Fayette County High School Band…they played in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia!!!!

College Band Director

August 28th, 2009
7:16 pm

Tri Cities High School, Fulton County

Competition Judge

August 28th, 2009
7:17 pm

I agree Tri Cities has a balance of “classic” and “urban-neo”!

Parent

August 28th, 2009
7:17 pm

Tri Cities does represent the spectrum for music appreciation.

Band Director

August 28th, 2009
7:18 pm

They (Tri-Cities) actually play the highest level of competition music.

Benjamin Mays Parent

August 28th, 2009
7:19 pm

I give-in, Tri Cities is the best…Sorry Dr. Smith. :-(

SWD Parent

August 28th, 2009
7:20 pm

Tri-Cities is the best, but we’re at least second!

SWD Student

August 28th, 2009
7:20 pm

Yes, I wish I went to Tri-Cities.

SWD Student

August 28th, 2009
7:21 pm

We’re just a marching band, Tri Cities has it all!

Cedar Grove Saints

August 28th, 2009
7:21 pm

I say Columbia has the best band in DEKALB! They are tasteful and can play more than one song. Last year I observed all of the schools that they played and guess what… SWD looked like scarry cats- especially the dance team. They only blew ONE song in the stands the entire game. So SWD, ya’ll may have been the best at one time, but it surely didn’t show last year.
Maybe its me but in my day (89-94 at Cedar Grove) there was a higher level of intensity and participation from students. Let’s make it what it’s really about- fun, competitive sports…

Teacher

August 28th, 2009
7:22 pm

Musically speaking, Tri Cities can’t be touched!

Principal

August 28th, 2009
7:23 pm

Yes Tri Cities has much discipline, on and off the field.

Senior Mays High School

August 28th, 2009
7:23 pm

James Alexander

August 28th, 2009
7:24 pm

Tri-Cities!!!

Karen Shields

August 28th, 2009
7:24 pm

Absolutely Tri-Cities. I heard them at festival.

MichaelQ

August 28th, 2009
7:25 pm

Tri Cities is definitely the best!

Big Frank

August 28th, 2009
7:27 pm

None better than Tri Cities – 150 Strong!

Laura

August 28th, 2009
7:27 pm

Check out the bulldogs at Tri-Cities

Band Parent

August 28th, 2009
7:28 pm

Tri Cities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

princess

August 28th, 2009
7:39 pm

south gwinnett !

Courtney Punton

August 28th, 2009
7:54 pm

I may be biased since I graduated from there and was a part of their incredible band program, but the East Coweta High School Marching Indians are still fantastic! My vote is for them, hands down!

Anonymous

August 28th, 2009
7:58 pm

If you have not had the opportunity to watch the George Walton Academy band, you are missing a treat. They are small in number, but they pack a BIG sound and can not be beat on execution.

Nikki

August 28th, 2009
8:21 pm

SoUtHwEsT Dekalb the BADDEST BAND IN THE LAND!

Telecia

August 28th, 2009
8:47 pm

Walter F. George High School Marching Falcon
Class of 86
Flute Section
“We Rock The House”!!!

Dekalb Resident

August 28th, 2009
8:50 pm

Kings of Halftime. SWD has a great sound but MLK

Tech82

August 28th, 2009
9:06 pm

Kennesaw Mountain – end of discussion. They are not only the best in the state, they are the best in the nation.

Music Snob

August 28th, 2009
9:23 pm

Lakeside High School in DeKalb is small but really sounds great!

Guard Mom

August 28th, 2009
9:29 pm

Kennesaw Mountain…Not only are they the best on the field, but the best all round program! The director and these kids really have a lot of heart and it shows!

LuvsMeSumKiffin

August 28th, 2009
9:47 pm

Another vote for the Rome High School band. Go Wolves!

twokolona

August 28th, 2009
11:09 pm

Southwest Dekalb High School Band

twokolona

August 28th, 2009
11:09 pm

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BandFan16

August 29th, 2009
12:02 am

Hillgrove High school! Watch out for them this year!

Bill

August 29th, 2009
12:19 am

You have to love the humility of SWD Parent and Student! Hilarious!

Have to say I did get to see Tri-Cities against Marietta a few years ago. They do have an outstanding band — no question.

fish

August 29th, 2009
10:24 am

Hillgrove Marching Band in West Cobb is amazing. The school is only 3 years old, but impressive. Pay attention to them.

Proud of Harrison Marching Band

August 29th, 2009
10:44 am

Harrison Marching Band is exceptional!! Amazing, complicated music performed with such a powerful grace! I get goosebumps everytime they perform!

Meredith

August 29th, 2009
11:25 am

Hillgrove High school is one of the newest additions to the fantastic band programs in Cobb county. The band has come a long way in only three years. Considering how thier sound and technique have improved in this time period, they are one of the best up and comming bands in Georgia. They have a bright future in this season and the next few years.

BOAlover

August 29th, 2009
11:51 am

Hillgrove high school might still be new and growing but they are on their way to be the next Lassiter. Try to catch them this season because they are on fire.

First Time Band Member

August 29th, 2009
12:12 pm

Harrison High School seems destined this year to continue its past successes. They have been ranked nationally in the top 12 high school bands for the last few years and they were one of eight bands selected nationally to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. So be sure to watch as they represent Georgia on Thanksgiving Day in New York. However, most importantly, these kids have earned their success..they are even out practicing today, on a Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.! And they love what they do!

DCH

August 29th, 2009
12:21 pm

Hillgrove rocks the house. Just saw their 2009 first game performance and I have to say, they are setting themselves up to be the best band in GA, not only in show quality, but in discipline, dedication, and overall attitude. I mean… for crying out loud, the visiting band gave Hillgrove a 5-10 minute standing ovation from their buses.

trumpet man

August 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

I’m not goin to say my school because you will be suprised this year just know we coming out the blue look out dekalb exspecially dekalb trumpets…

SWD

August 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

Southwest Dekalb

SWD

August 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

HHS

August 29th, 2009
2:17 pm

Hillgrove high school! Their show was so amazing last night!

JRDC

August 29th, 2009
2:26 pm

Hillgrove Marching Band!! Remembering back to their first year marching in hoodies, they’ve come extremely far. Now in their fourth year, you can see the support they have. Hillgrove is truely on its way to becoming one of Georgia’s and America’s finest high school music programs!!…….that new 8-member tuba section isn’t too bad either ;-)

Cindy G

August 29th, 2009
4:20 pm

Harrison High School is the best band in Atlanta! Great music, wonderful leaders and students! What a show!

Jeff G

August 29th, 2009
4:24 pm

My vote would be Harrison High School! They have won many prestigious awards! They are going to be playing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year!!!

D. Bro

August 29th, 2009
4:47 pm

Harrison High gets my nomination!

Susie

August 29th, 2009
5:52 pm

My top
1) Redan Raiders (their awesome)
2)Stephenson
3)Lithonia
4)MLK
5)Booker T Washington

But what we should do is have a battle of the band, with all the bands and let the audience decide

Will

August 29th, 2009
6:33 pm

Rome High School’s “Sound of the Seven Hills” is definately one of the best bands in the state. In the past three years they have earned the title Grand Champion 4 times, and earned 3rd overall three times. Their program has stayed strong through a change in its director. Here’s a link from their FIRST halftime performance which was last night:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpsYh4O0bjs

menicko

August 29th, 2009
6:44 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia, Ga. is the best sounding marching band with their for real drum line…
Everyone always leaves hearing them with goosebumps…..

TomSr

August 29th, 2009
6:45 pm

Etowah HS. I really like the Drum Major.

Goldenglove002

August 29th, 2009
6:58 pm

Kell HS may have one of the best progressing programs out there. It’s finally starting to get up in size and age and should easily be considered one of the better bands out there.

But there is no doubt that Lassitter, Harrison and Kennesaw Mtn. are the best at the moment because of their sheer size and ability.

Goldenglove002

August 29th, 2009
7:01 pm

Susie-
BOA super regionals do a pretty good job of that. Most of the bands in the Atlanta area go to that. Check it out in the Dome on Oct. 31st

Val

August 29th, 2009
7:33 pm

Banneker High School

gina

August 29th, 2009
8:40 pm

Looks like we forgot and excellent band in alpharetta. The Chattahoochee High School Band. Best band won awards at Nationals each year!

sheryl Addison

August 29th, 2009
9:22 pm

This is the BEST band program in the county. Not only do the bands over pass all expectations with group activities. But these directors put their all into each and every band student in their program. These student thrive on the groups success. I am from the Hillgrove Marching Band

Bandbuddy143

August 29th, 2009
11:10 pm

Harrison High School has the best band ever! They are recognized as one of the top 12 marching bands in the nation and they are the only Georgia high school band marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year! Go Hoyas!

Andre

August 30th, 2009
10:40 am

I believe HILLGROVE is SPAMMING and so is TRI-CITIES. I just can’t believe a school that new has that many fans.

Ashley

August 30th, 2009
10:48 am

Kell High School

HillgroveTbone

August 30th, 2009
2:24 pm

Hillgrove band is awesome and its only been open for three years! I love it and have had so much fun and the season is just starting to pick up! When we ended our show on Friday I couldn’t believe it, the feeling of people standing up for our band is unreal! Our band is as close as a family! I love you my hillgrove high school band family, band directors, and band parents! :)

kid no longer in marching band mom

August 30th, 2009
2:24 pm

I wish I could say our high school’s band was the best but sadly cannot. The director is incompetent and doesn’t appreciate the hardworking parents. That said, I’ve seen a lot of great bands around and I would say Lassiter, Walton, Milton are at the top.

Iesha

August 30th, 2009
2:30 pm

I AGREE WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE ON HERE I’M A PROUD BULLDOG BLUE THUNDER WHAT WHAT WHITE LIGHTING BLUE BLUE. HONESTLY, I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT MY SCHOOL IS THE BEST BAND IN THE LAND BECAUSE THATS MY ALMA MATER JUST LIKE EVERYONE ON HERE BUT SOMEONE MADE THE COMMENT ABOUT WASHINGTON AND DOUGLASS LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR THESE OTHER BANDS AND THATS TRUE. DECADES BEFORE DRUMLINE AND ANY OTHER MOVIE THATS OUT WE’VE HAVE BEEN HERE AND HANDS DOWN FOR THE WESTSIDE I GIVE IT TO WASHINGTON AND DOUGLASS AND ALSO MAYS. AND SOUTHWEST DEKALB THEY HAVE THERE SEASONS WHEN THEIR GOOD BUT THEIR OVER RATED SERIOUSLY AND AS FOR THEM BEING IN DRUMLINE BE FOR REAL IT WASN’T THAT SERIOUS WE WERE THEIR JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER MARCHING BAND AND FOR THEM TO BE THE BEST I CAN’T TELL WHEN WE WAS AT THE PREMIER WE WAS NEXT TO THEM AND THEY DID KNOW ANY OF THE MUSIC THAT WAS IN THE MOVIE ALMOST EVERYBODY HAD THEIR MUSIC WITH THEM SO WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE SUPPOSE TO BE BEST BAND YOU TELL ME. I’LL ONLY GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE I KNOW MY SCHOOL HAS THEIR TIMES TO BUT WE CAN STILL HOLD IT DOWN.

THE EASTSIDE HAVE A LOT OF GREAT MARCHING BANDS TO LIKE STEPHENSON HIGH NOW I’VE HEARD THEM, U GOT REDAN, MLK, COLUMBIA AND MANY OTHER SCHOOL OH AND I FORGOT MORROW, MUNDY MILLS IF THATS SPELLED RIGHT, LITHONIA, CEDAR GROVE TOO

Terri

August 30th, 2009
4:55 pm

Newton High (Covington). A few years back, the school brilliantly brought in an new director with a new style which better fit the changing student population… and it worked. Students are so excited about this band they had to hire an assistant director for the first time in many, many years this year. And their excitement and dedication translate to the field– the music is vibrant and incredible as they high step to the beat.

Brian

August 30th, 2009
5:03 pm

Lassiter. It’s not even close.

HHS Hawks

August 30th, 2009
6:06 pm

Hillgrove High School – Loyalty, Dedication and a Class Act. In just 4 short years, HHS Band proven to be a viable competitor. The dedication of the Directors, who continually exhibit and insist upon the highest level of character, have earned the respect of the students and parents. Good Luck Hawks.

taylor miles

August 30th, 2009
9:19 pm

Buford High School Marching Band.
has a history of amazingness and always does good at competitions. we have an amazing show this year and you’re really missing out on something if you don’t get to see it!
we have good music as well as awesome marching technique.

Pam Smith

August 30th, 2009
9:23 pm

The Buford Band of Wolves are consistently AWESOME! This is my 6th year as a Band Mom and each year gets better and better!

HHSMom

August 30th, 2009
9:24 pm

Hillgrove isn’t spamming. They have a strong family base of supporters along with the supporters of the school. If you have ever see those kids together you know that they are truly a band family. They have always been so polite and caring of each other. I greatly enjoy watching them practice or perform because they have a love for what they do. Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Erwin are really teaching them how to be proper adults. So go Hillgrove Hawks!

MTP

August 30th, 2009
9:25 pm

Buford Marching Band is the best, hands down.

Ex Band Mom

August 30th, 2009
9:32 pm

Buford High School Band of Wolves consistently get high ratings in ALL competitions.

zac

August 30th, 2009
9:33 pm

Buford Band of Wolves

erin

August 30th, 2009
9:53 pm

NORTH SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL!

Jana

August 30th, 2009
10:28 pm

Buford Band of Wolves!!

Betsy Rutherford

August 30th, 2009
10:36 pm

Buford High wins…hands down!

Stephanie

August 31st, 2009
12:02 am

Buford High School Band of Wolves….. they are your BEST!!!!

Buford Band!

August 31st, 2009
12:16 am

Buford Marching Band of Wolves! ——-

Reigning from Buford High School and representing very well, this band is fresh, unique, highly entertaining, and best of all, precise. They’re musicianship is always phenomenal, no matter how small the band, their sound is as great as their effort and hardwork. Earning superiors for their dedication is nothing new to this band. Every year they accomplish more than the year before. Not only are they easy on the ears, but they’re easy on the eyes as well. They are a uniformed band with a great flag line and dance line, these girls help make the visuals come to life. Their flag work and dance rountines are strong and solid, adding the right techniques at the right moments.Together they are the Buford Marching Band of Wolves! Go Buford!

The Gold Ensemble

August 31st, 2009
12:46 am

Harrison High School (West Cobb) is excellence plus. No competitors.

Carolyn Gubser

August 31st, 2009
6:33 am

Brookwood Bronco’s marching band is one of the best and biggest around.

Former Band Mom

August 31st, 2009
6:40 am

BUFORD HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND OF WOLVES!!!!

Buford Band Mom

August 31st, 2009
6:43 am

Buford High School’s band of Wolves is AWESOME!

humbleopus

August 31st, 2009
7:01 am

Lassiter Trojan Band in Cobb County

Sandy

August 31st, 2009
7:13 am

Buford High School Band, small school, big spirit. Wonderful showmanship and very entertaining. Also great kids.

Barbara May

August 31st, 2009
9:54 am

Bufort High Band!!!

Barbara May

August 31st, 2009
9:55 am

Whoops, I meant Buford High Band

Phyllis Hansard

August 31st, 2009
10:21 am

Buford High School Band of Wolves

Brittany

August 31st, 2009
11:56 am

I can say this hands down all the way, the best high school band I have ever heard is the Lassiter Band!! Even my friends in Florida have heard of them & have never been to Georgia before.

RSX (Former DeKalb Student)

August 31st, 2009
1:42 pm

Miller Grove, they beat SWD at Jamboree last year.

Mays Band Parent

August 31st, 2009
1:58 pm

No doubt Mays has the best band in the land.

Catamount

August 31st, 2009
2:14 pm

Dalton High School Catamount Band.

Northwest GA is where it’s at.

OlaBandMom2

August 31st, 2009
2:19 pm

Ola High School Marching Mustangs.

barneyb

August 31st, 2009
2:36 pm

Lassiter, Pope, and Harrison- the 4 best bands in Cobb and the state!

Kim

August 31st, 2009
2:43 pm

Johnson High School (Gainesville)!

R

August 31st, 2009
3:03 pm

SWD is a joke and a fraud. When we played them we were thinking we’ll see this great band with precision. Wrong! What we saw (and heard) was a group of off keyed instruments and badly sounding drums playing constantly for 20 minutes in the fist half (doesn’t that violate GHSA rules?). Their HT show was a disappointment. How they “got” a TV show is beyond me.

obomaisaclown

August 31st, 2009
3:15 pm

Kell is simply the best and then their is the rest.

Tracy

August 31st, 2009
3:19 pm

Mays High Raiders are off da chain!!!! Nice tribute to Michael Jackson last week!!!!!!

Mustang

August 31st, 2009
3:53 pm

OLA HIGH. No Doubt about it.

Leek

August 31st, 2009
3:58 pm

Sleet - A kold freezing rain

August 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

Without sounding racist,

Non-African American band Heritage High in Conyers.
Non-Caucasian Flip the coin Southwest Dekalb and Stephenson.

P.S. Heritage’s band travel with their own tractor-trailer!

AintLyin

August 31st, 2009
4:58 pm

Pretty much any Dekalb County school really. Def SWD, they deserve it. I know I look forward to hearing their band when they play us.

Reader

August 31st, 2009
5:13 pm

I can’t believe you guys put Hillgrove in the vote after they spammed the heck out of the message board.

sounds of life

August 31st, 2009
5:21 pm

SWD put on a halftime show this past weekened. They played a tribute to the King of Pop , playing alot of his song. MLK just made alot noise, because I couldn’t understand what they were playing.SWD ALWAYS FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS HAS PUT ON A SHOW AT HALFTIME.

Dazzling Diamond Mom

August 31st, 2009
5:27 pm

Hands down!!!… The Stephenson High School Sonic Sound Marching Band!!! Go Jaguars!!!!!

Hillgrove Teacher

August 31st, 2009
6:26 pm

Not sure spamming would be the word. An enthusiastic community and parents maybe. I think the excitement is great. After all, it is about kids having a great time. Friendly competition is important, and how we handle that is more important still. Again, it is all for the kids in every band!

Former Band Mom

August 31st, 2009
6:32 pm

Buford Band of Wolves are awesome!

Former Pit Crew Dad

August 31st, 2009
6:39 pm

Buford High School Marching Band of Wolves!!!!

beastly flutie

August 31st, 2009
8:00 pm

i promise you hillgrove is not spamming.
Hillgrove bands is made up of a close community of family,friends, and fans. The fact that the band got so many votes on this post and gets emails from band directors and parents commending the program and the respect and enthusiasim it shows for each and every band that preforms at competitions, just goes to show that hard work, dedication, and love for what you do pays off.
Hillgrove as well as all other bands in cobb county is held in high esteem, and thought it may not be the best (YET) its making its way to the top.
Besides why would you spam a band discussion board i LOVE band and i am in band, it makes up HUUUGE part of my life but really, these are high school kids, they have better things to do, then sit on the computer and type in Hillgrove over and over and over again.

Big E

August 31st, 2009
8:07 pm

B.T.WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Atl,Ga Stand Up We Here The Best Band
“WHAT TIME IS IT” SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HillgroveBANDfan

August 31st, 2009
8:45 pm

Hillgrove High’s Band is led by phenomenal directors and has an incredibly supportive group of parents…not to mention the Band Crew Rocks! All this in three short years. :)

:)

August 31st, 2009
11:20 pm

HILLGROVE!!!!
First year: no drumline, no pit
Second year: no snares, 9 pit
Third year: 5 bases, 3 tenors, 4 snares, 10 pit
This year: 5 bases, 5 tenors, 7 snare, 12
If that doesn’t prove something, I don’t know what will.

Curt Allen

September 1st, 2009
7:55 am

Hillgrove Hawks!! Amazing for such a new program.

High Notes' Mom

September 1st, 2009
9:55 am

My vote is for Hillgrove in Powder Springs of course!! But I applaud and scream for all the high school bands that actually let their musicianship and talent be the highlight of their show. Not so interested in tons of “props” or just a lot of dancing. Doing the “worm” on the ground while holding your horn does not make you a musician!

Jermaine

September 1st, 2009
10:00 am

Miller Grove High School!!!… No one else can compare!!

David White

September 1st, 2009
10:03 am

SWD SOUTHWEST DEKALB!!!!

Class of 2006

Reality Check

September 1st, 2009
10:06 am

Who has the hottest cheerleaders? That’s your answer.

Hillgrove Teacher....too

September 1st, 2009
10:13 am

Not sure BEST was the appropriate word for this vote. Everyone thinks their band is the best. This poll is more about spirit, enthusiasm, and popularity. Not BEST…..

DWW

September 1st, 2009
10:13 am

Tri-Cities High School

Trojan

September 1st, 2009
10:29 am

LA-SS-I-TER TR-O-JANS and we are the BEST!!

truthhurts

September 1st, 2009
10:37 am

I’ve had the pleasure to hear plenty of Georgia HS marching bands. But only one stands out in my mind and that’s the Southwest Dekalb High School marching band. Those kids know how to put on a show. I’m from the mark-time-hut roll ankle toe world, thus I can appreciate good technique and sound from SWD. I will say, next time that school from Miami takes the field, please SWD, be ready. Southwest Dekalb, best band in metro-Atlanta!

Band Mom

September 1st, 2009
10:39 am

Woodstock Wolverine Marching Band….They have come a long way especially the amount of rookies we have marching this year….Great Band…Won WSB Spirit last year…GO Woodstock!

Connie D

September 1st, 2009
11:21 am

Morgan County High School

April

September 1st, 2009
11:36 am

BTW ALUMNI - CLASS OF 1980

September 1st, 2009
11:41 am

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL – HAS ALWAYS HAD THE BADDEST HIGH SCHOOL BAND IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA – NO OTHER BAND WILL EVER COME CLOSE THE THOSE BTW BULLDOGS :)

SWD Alumni

September 1st, 2009
12:19 pm

I love how everyone is so supportive of their respective schools (shout out to Shiloh where my nephew attends!)

This is just in response to everyone who can only state that SWD was in a reality show and the movie “Drumline”. Before and after those recent events SWD also performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade (the first African-American band to do so), played in the Carnival of Flowers in France and was the only band to perform in the opening ceremony for the 1996 Olympics. They also performed in Johannesburg, performed for President GW Bush, were the first high school band in history featured in exhibition performance at the Bands of America National Championship (Indianapolis, Indiana), and performed in the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasedena, California. Whoo! That was a long list.

I believe the point of this poll was for everyone to show support for their favorite high school bands-not to bash other schools. You can be proud without putting other bands down. All of these kids have worked their butts off (not to mention their families).