The Southeast Bulloch High School Marching Band, known as "The Swarm," just finished its 2010 season with a string of victories throughout the region in its marching band competitions.
A band of fewer than 60 students, the 2010 Swarm participated in five separate marching competitions in Class 2A. In Georgia, there are two different types of high school marching band competitions, each of which has five classes - 1A-5A.
The first are Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) sanctioned competitions, where the class of the band is determined by the number of wind instruments in the band.
SEB participated in one GMEA competition: the East Georgia Marching Band Competition at Statesboro High School. They took Best In Class at the competition.
The second type of event was the Georgia Marching Band Series (GMBS) competitions, in which bands are classed by school size. SEB's Swarm participated in three regular GMBS events: at Jeff Davis, Burke, and South Effingham High Schools.
At each of these, once again the "Swarm" took the Best in Class trophies.
They also took the Grand Championship trophy at the Jeff Davis competition. Because of their high scores, the "Swarm" was invited to come to the GMBS Series Finals in Burke County High School this past weekend.
Here, the "Swarm" won the GMBS Class Championship Series trophy for Class 2A, making them the 2010 marching band season's only undefeated Class 2A Marching Band in the state.
Band Director Matt Olsen said of the band's performance in the finals: "The kids played their hearts out, and gave it everything they had. The judges recognized this by awarding them the Class 2A Series Championship trophy."
Assistant Band Director Joey Mitchell added, "Everybody in the audience, and many of the other band directors, told us they loved the show. The best thing of all for the band was seeing all the SEB boosters up in the stands cheering their hearts out."
The presentation of awards at the finals was bittersweet for the band's 10 seniors. It will almost assuredly be their last competition all together. Most plan to go on to college, and some will pursue music degrees.
And, as Dr. Trey Robertson, the principal at SEB, said, "I saw them perform in the finals at Burke, and they were simply awesome. Way to Go, Swarm!"