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March 13, 2014

Tanner, West Limestone bands honored at district competition

— Two high school bands in Limestone County recently made program history by receiving District I superior ratings from the Alabama Bandmasters Association.

Tanner and West Limestone each earned superior ratings from ABA, which annually sponsors the Music Performance Assessment in each of its eight districts.

Earning the elite rating was a first for their schools, according to West band director Ken Engle and Tanner band director Vechiel Stone.

Stone said in addition to an overall superior rating, the 52-member Tanner band drew a “superior with distinction” rating.

“I knew the band was going to do well but didn’t expect us to do as well as we did,” Stone said. “Tanner received all 1’s, or superior ratings, with distinction. This means we had all A’s in all categories for the first time in Limestone County.”


Three of West Limestone’s students were named to the All-State Band, according to Engle.

Freshman trumpet player Griffin Holt is in the All-State White Band after making All-State in middle school last year.

Eighth-graders and trombone players Dylan Mashburn and Jacob Russell each made All-State at the middle school level, with this being Russell’s second straight honor.

All city and county band directors are welcome to submit All-State or district results information to or 256-232-2729. Submissions will be used as space allows.

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