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Corinth Holders High Winds Ensemble blows competition away

The Corinth Holders High Wind Ensemble group was named the 2022 World Guardian International Scholastic A Class Champions at World Championships in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, April 24. 

The win came off of a remarkable winter season where the ensemble remained undefeated in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA), Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA), and Winter Guard International (WGI).

Under the direction of Nicholas Vernon and Joey Montes, the students thrived as musicians, performers, and individuals. "I am grateful for the opportunity to give this generation of students such a positive experience,” said Vernon. 

Made up of 38 students, the group includes students from the entire band program, spanning all grades and skill levels. The season began in November with rehearsals establishing technique, basics, and musicianship. 

Throughout the season, the students were challenged musically and visually to create an entertaining, fun, and enjoyable show, "A Winter's Daydream". 

This is the first time the Corinth Holders Winds have completed an entire season and attended World Championships. Their success is a product of hard work and sheer determination. 

“They certainly earned every bit of this season's highs and lows,” Vernon remarked. “Their work ethic and excitement to support one another is going to go a long way." 

The students and staff of the Corinth Holders High Performance Ensembles are very excited about the future of the Winds program. The students are smart, talented, and hard working and will take the entire program to the next level.

“We could not have asked for a better season and cannot wait to see their growth in the future, " said Olivia Spell, Director of Bands and Ensembles. "We are so incredibly proud of our students and thankful for their commitment to excellence this season. The Winds students have truly embodied what we want all of our students to be. They work hard, learn continuously and have fun.”