Cleveland High School Band Announces Accomplishments

The Cleveland High School Band program has announced recent accomplishments and exciting plans for the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble and their current marching band season. The marching band began their season in early June 2021 to gain lost ground from 2020. After four weeks of band camp during the summer and continued rehearsals in the fall, the band has proved successful in creating an exciting 2021 production entitled “R & J 21”, a modern version of the Romeo and Juliet story.

The band has competed in local competitions and recently traveled to College Park, MD to attend the Bands of America Regional Championship on October 9 where they placed first place in class AAA and 2nd place out of all participating bands. The band was named Grand Champion at the Festival of Bands held at Fuquay Varina High School on October 16. The band swept all captions and was crowned Grand Champion at the Crystal Coast Band Classic held at Havelock High School on October 30.

Assistant Band Director Steven Rainville said, “The members of the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble have worked incredibly hard over the past 5 months preparing an exciting production for our spectators. Their determination in navigating various challenges post the COVID pandemic is inspiring to many in our school and community. We are thrilled to represent Cleveland High School, our community, and North Carolina as we perform at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis.”

Next week, the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble will travel to Indianapolis, IN to participate for the first time in the school’s history in the Bands of America Grand National Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium. They will compete with over 90 of the nation’s best marching bands in America’s premiere national marching band event.

Band Director Jason Heard states, “We would like to thank Dr. Eric Bracy, the Johnston County Public Schools Board of Education, Cleveland High School Principal Jenna Sauls-Hairr, the Cleveland High School faculty and staff, and the Cleveland Band Parents Association for their support of our program. We are excited to be back on the road with the band. During the past several months we have adopted the motto, “We will not only survive, we will thrive.” We are proud to see members of the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble have done just that! It’s amazing what these parents and students have accomplished!”

The Cleveland High School Band Parents Association invites the community to attend our Grand Nationals Send-Off Performance on Wednesday, November 10 at 6pm at the Cleveland High School football stadium to enjoy a performance of the show they will compete with in Indianapolis on November 12. Admission is free.

The Cleveland Arts program strives to provide superior opportunities for artistic and personal growth. Through these experiences, students learn the true meaning of setting a long-term goal and the required daily determination to achieve and accomplish it.

Cleveland Arts and their multiple performance ensembles continue to bring national recognition and acclaim to Cleveland High School and the Town of Clayton and are proud to represent the community as they travel throughout the country.


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