The Lord Botetourt High School Marching Cavaliers performed their 2009 show “Phobias” at the Unites States Scholastic Band Association’s Virginia State Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31. After their strongest performance of the year, the band left the field with an unspoken feeling that they had performed their best show to date. After their performance, the band relaxed and enjoyed watching the performances of the other bands in competition.
At the awards ceremony that night, the band members learned that their hard work and efforts had been noticed by the judges. The band received Best Effect, Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Colorguard in Group III A, earning the Marching Cavaliers the Virginia State Championship title for their classification.
“The members of the Marching Cavaliers have worked incredibly hard this year. The instructors and school could not be more proud of their accomplishments,” said Christopher Caldwell, band director.
The Cavaliers hope to continue their success this Saturday, Nov. 7, at BandBEAT. BandBEAT is a four-state regional competition held every year in Charlotte, N.C. The competition is hosted by Nations Ford High School, East Lincoln High School, and Drum Corps International’s top ranked Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.  The Lord Botetourt Marching Cavaliers is the only group representing Virginia in the competition.