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More than 30 high school bands from around the region competed in the Garden City Classic competition at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The Grand Champion/Ronald J. Sarjeant Award went to Dillon High School. Presenting the award was Michael McClain, O-W director of bands, and Shea Burns.

Kierra Keller of the Calhoun County High School Marching Saints captured the award for Best Drum Major in Show Band Class A competition. Keller is a junior at CCHS.

Both the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Orange Pride Band, which hosted the event, and the South Carolina State University Marching 101 Band performed in exhibition at the end of the competition.

Other winners in this year’s Garden City Classic were as follows:

* Show Band “A” — Best Horn Line, Military Magnet Academy and Marlboro High School (tie); Best Color Guard, Marlboro High School; Best Drum Line, Marlboro High School; 1st Place, Marlboro High School; second place, Eau Claire High School; third p Place, Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School

* Show Band “B” — Best Horn Line, Dillon High School; Best Drum Major, Dillon High School; Best Color Guard, Darlington High School; Best Drum Line, Darlington High School; first place, Dillon High School; second place, Darlington High School; third pace, Crestwood High School.

Participating high school bands in the competition were: Lake City, Blackville-Hilda, Hilton Head, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Williston-Elko, North Middle/High, Lake Marion, Bowman Middle/High, Timberland, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Marion, Wade Hampton, A.C. Flora, Beaufort, Lakewood, South Aiken, Edisto, Richland Northeast, Effingham County, Allendale-Fairfax, Military Magnet Academy, Calhoun County, Marlboro, Eau Claire, Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Herschel V. Jenkins, Lower Richland, Darlington, Dillon, Harding University High, Keenan and Crestwood.

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