Smithfield-Selma Spartan Regiment brings home national title
The Smithfield-Selma High School Spartan Regiment brought home a national title after competing in the USBands National Championships in New Jersey last weekend.
The Spartan Regiment competed on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, and was crowned the IV-A Open National Champion after competing against 11 other schools from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia.
The Spartan Regiment scored a 96.875 and took the category awards for Best Music, Best Effect and Best Visual.
The 96.875 score by the Spartan Regiment was the highest score of all 101 competing bands.
“It was awesome,” said Sousaphone player Bryant Jimenez. “I got emotional and even started crying.”
Trumpet player Keith Williams added, “It was like a big family moment.”
Alto Saxes player Frankie Guo said the competition was unlike anything he had ever participated in.
“It was a very unique experience,” said Guo. “I'm so grateful for all those who supported us, including the band staff, ROTC, parents, and student body.”
Spartan Band Director Brian Jones and Percussion Instructor Leighanne Deans both said how thankful they are for the support shown to the Smithfield-Selma High School band program and how extremely fortunate and thankful they are for the administration, community, and student involvement.
“The students have worked extremely hard this season,” said Mr. Jones. “We had our largest senior class graduate last year, so out of the 102 students who performed, almost half were rookies. They've gotten better each week and have done everything the staff has asked of them. It was also great for me to watch the staffs' reactions. To share this experience meant a lot to me.”
2013 Spartan Regiment Members include:
Drum Major: Kayla Urban
Flutes: Elizabeth Wooters, Emma Szczesiul, Jasmyne Davis, Keke Scott, Lauren Crumpler, Yolanda Harvey
Clarinets: Alexis Council, Destiny McDaniel, Elyzabeth Romero, Hanna Poole, Jazmin Jaramillo, Johanna Evans, Josue Mejia, Payton Parker, Vernaliz Chico
Alto Saxes: Callie Britt, Cody Schneider, Frankie Guo, Jacob Ivey, Jonathon Bailey, Josh Clapp, Katy Hinton, Martin Villegas
Tenor Saxes: Jose Perez, Michael Menjivar, Taquan Mickens
Bari Sax: Faith O'Dell
Mellos: Haley Creech, Jason Hallam, Noah Kiser
Trumpets: Andrew Vann, Dameon Spurgeon, Draper Stallings, John Ashley, Keith Williams, Mariya Clark, Nathan Hoyt, Sam Moran, Steven Taylor, Jesus Antonio
Trombones: Cameron Garris, Thomas Woodall, Wesley Brinkley, Keegan Evans
Baritones: Brent Jones, Nick Capps, Ryan Johnston, Carlos Mejia, Isaiah Holder
Sousaphones: Allen Harvey, Bryant Jimenez, Jonathan Jarman, Stanley Sherrod
Battery: Chandler Lasater, Cole Davis, Enrique Pendergraft, Jerry Wilson, Leo Jones, Michael Vasquez, Patrick Herrmann, Prince Jackson, Timothy Holder, Tyler Wilson, Zach Leposa
Color Guard: Alondra Hernandez, Andrew Eason, Angel Justiano, Bailey Parrish, Bryonna Altman, Cassie Munday, Celeste Martinez, Charlise DeGraffenried, Damesia McLean, Debra Stancil, Devian Bagley, Faith Howell, Harley Schneider, Hunter Edwards, Jaquana Short, Janicia Baptiste, Kaitlyn Ruiz, Kate Davis, Katie Guttoso, Keanna Taylor, Kelsi Rich, Love Sutton, Marchelle Sanders, Robbie Jensen, Savannah Nguyen, Sheila Menjivar, Tabitha Ducey, Tyneceya Ruffin, Yessica Pacheco, Whitney Reddick
Front Ensemble: Calli Herrmann, Cecilia Macias, Christina Macias, Courtney Benson, Makayla Mitchell, Megan Hatcher, Mykala Pierce
PHOTO: Members of the Spartan Regiment hold their banner after winning the 2013 USBands National Championship.