On Saturday, October 16, 2021, Page County High School and Luray High School Marching Bands and Color Guard competed in the annual Parade of Champions hosted by the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes, in Harrisonburg. Both bands returned home to Page County bearing trophies for their outstanding performances.
The competition, held each year at James Madison University, hosted 45 total bands throughout the day in classes from 1A through 5A. Page County and Luray both participated in the class 1A which had a total of 8 bands competing.
During the competition, teams are judged on Music, Visual, General Effect, Color Guard, and Percussion. Luray High School Marching Bulldogs, Directed by Jake Schupner (LHS), and Assisted by Mitchell Evans (LMS), and Color Guard Instructor, Laura Millford (LHS), were awarded 1st place in Class 1A for Best Percussion and Best Visual. This was the first time in Luray history that the LHS Band has been awarded 1st place in this competition.
The Page County High School Marching Panthers, Directed by Emily Deamond (PCHS), Assisted by Kendra Piscitelli (PCMS), and Percussion Instructor, Will Watson, were awarded 3rd place in group 1A winning Best Color Guard, and Best General Effect.
Congratulations to both schools on your outstanding success this past weekend. Your hard work has paid off! It has been a pleasure for all to see you perform on the fields and in the stands once again.
Both the Luray High School Marching Bulldogs and the Page County High School Marching Panthers would like to extend their gratitude to those parents and family members who help throughout the season as the "pit crews" for the teams. Both teams greatly appreciate the time and efforts put in by all to help make them successful.