PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould High School PRIDE Marching Band came home from Little Rock Tuesday with a state championship.
PHS competed in the state's first ever Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association state marching championship at War Memorial Stadium.
Their performance won the top prize for the 4A Division, which is the second largest for bands. The division is based on the population of the high school.
Director of Bands for Paragould High School Richie Williams said he was proud his students won, but he was also just happy to be competing with bands from across the state.
"About three years ago I proposed the idea of starting a state marching competition to our state band directors and it met some resistance at first," Williams said. "But for it to finally come to fruition and to finally have a state marching competition was not so much about just trying to see who was the best, but it was really about showcasing our kids and all the hard work they do."
Williams said 28 bands competed from two different divisions.
Senior band member Shay Cline said being part of the first senior class to win the state championship is really special to her.
"As soon as we got to warm up and it was just like boom and right where it needed to be," Cline said. "We got on the field and I was like, 'this is gonna be the good run' and then after the run, it was just, the feeling after you have that great run, that's what we had because you just know you did good enough to win."
The band played their championship performance to the Paragould High School student body Friday.
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