AHS band tops class at Little Big Horn

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AHS drum captain Ellis Walker plays the trap set at Saturday night’s Little Big Horn marching contest.

The Andalusia High School band continued its “sound tradition” Saturday night at Opp’s Little Big Horn marching band contest.

The band racked up Best in Class 4A, Best in Class colorguard, Best in Class majorette, Best in Class percussion and Best in Class solo, as well as superior ratings.

This year, the band marches some 139-members and features a jazz-oriented show, including favorites “Summertime,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Li’l Liza Jane.”

The previous weekend, the band won awards at the Southern Showcase Contest in Dothan, taking home Best in Class drum major, majorette and drumline, as well as receiving all superior ratings.

Band director Bennie Shellhouse said he was “very proud” of his band.

“With such a young group, I was very pleased,” he said. “They performed above what was expected of them.”

Andalusia was the only band in the county to participate in the contest hosted by the Opp High School Black and Gold Marching Band.