By Kimberly Hood
The SHS Color Guard and Percussion team each took first place honors at the Regional Carolina Indoor Performance Association Competition last Saturday at Volunteer High School in Church Hill, Tenn.
This is the first year Seymour has competed in winter guard and percussion, and so far, they've seen much success.
"They're doing awesome," said Band Director Rhett Butler. "The percussion started out a little slow, but have come along well, and the color guard came out of the gate doing great," he continued.
The color guard beat out eight other guard squads to take home first place honors, and the percussion team out performed six other groups.
Teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia and Tennessee all compete in CIPA Competitions.
The teams are divided into three divisions by skill levels, and both Seymour teams have already been advanced to the middle division.
The color guard was advanced after blowing away the competition in their first event, and the percussion team was advanced after taking first this past weekend.
This was the fourth of seven competitions for Seymour. In previous competitions, the color guard won its first event, but this is the first time it took first in the middle division.
The percussion team had taken second twice, but Saturday was their first outright victory.
The percussion's show is called "The House" and is about an old haunted house. The color guard's show is called "The Simple Gift of Life" and is about ideas such as freedom, unity, and kindness.
Both teams will compete again this Saturday at Gibbs.
The CIPA Champsionships will be held March 28 at Western Carolina University.