ACHS Marching Band Eyeing State Finals

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The Anderson County High School Marching Band is doing “whatever it takes” to get to the state finals and maybe even win the state championship.  Their new motto, “whatever it takes,” coined by band director Patrick Brady, really voices their strength and determination.  Having directed the ACHS Marching Band for seven years, Patrick has seen a vast improvement of the program.  With their first appearance at the state finals under his lead in 2012, he has steadily challenged the band to improve themselves every year.

And it has really shown.  With reaching third place in 2012 at the state finals, second in 2013, third again in 2014 and with the recent strong showing they had with their first competition this year, they are feeling confident to get back to the state finals and maybe even see that coveted first place.  The program is even getting fans from other counties and kids saying they want to join them if they only lived in Anderson County.

But how has Patrick Brady helped improve our band so well?  He starts the band early to help the younger students get up to speed with the older ones and help the older ones refresh their memory.  He also keeps all the players well focused with practicing and even created a unique system where students send him practice videos so he can critique their performance even outside of the school.

Patrick is also in a unique position in teaching in both the high school and middle school.  This has allowed him to bring in the best middle school students into the band, which in turn create well seasoned players by the time they reach high school.

And for this year, Patrick is already seeing the band seemingly playing better now than they did at the end of last year.  He said that they are preparing themselves like they’ve never done before, keeping that motto always in memory.  We wish them much luck and hope to not only see them in the state finals but also to win it!

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  1. You can help this band go to Disney next year and perform, and for further expenses by signing up for Kroger rewards . They get a Percentage . ( it does not mess with your rewards ) Go online where you register your card and search for Anderson county band booster.. Simple easy way you can help . Thanks in advance.

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