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Ending on a high note: Wando marching band to compete for national title

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With nine state champion titles, the Wando High School marching band will compete for a national win in two weeks. This weekend they are going up against 49 other bands at the Bands of America Super Regional competition in Atlanta.

Intense and expressive, this season's production, "Of Things Unseen," tells the story of Joan of Arc.

"It's more the idea of a young girl being called to do great things, and we have sort of overlaid that on all our young people and talked about the call of music to do great things."

Band Director Bobby Lambert says, while the music and routine push boundaries, his 270 musicians have exceeded his expectations.

"We talk about how you don't really know where your limits are until you go passed them, and that's really been a bit of our mantra this season."

Lambert, who is in his first year at Wando, says the vision for the nearly ten-minute production began in January, and since July the band has been practicing seven hours a week to master the music and moves. 

"We want you to go through that journey with us in a very brief time. It's almost as if traveling on an emotional roller coaster of emotions. That's what we want the show to feel like, an emotional roller coaster that takes you to the heights and depths of our being."

Ninety-two bands will participate in the national competition in November in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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