Twiggs County Band impresses crowd at Battle of the Bands

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Updated: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:38:19 EST

Ernest Stackhouse never planned on moving to Georgia. He also never planned on becoming the band director at Twiggs County High School, now one of the state's most decorated bands. Ernest, originally from South Carolina only moved to Georgia after his wife got a job offer. Luck enough, she found one that was just right for him.

Ernest says, "I saw they had a real need for the band program in this community. I just applied myself from that point on and dedicated myself to giving this community a band they could be proud of.

The style and precision Twiggs County High School now marches with on the field wasn't even thought of five years ago. That's when Ernest came in and built a program from the ground up.

Ernest says, " I got in, started a program in the middle school with some 6th graders. I cultivated them, moved them up through the years. This is our third year in existence now."

2013 is the first year Twiggs County High School has ever competed in band competition. Throughout the year they've won multiple awards and placed in several competitions. Looking to continue their winning record, the band performed at the battle of the bands held at Mercer University. An event held nationwide, showcasing the premier bands in each state. Adrian Thomas has been a part of the Twiggs County band since it launched three years ago and knows this bands success is due to its instructor.

"He's a great band director, He does so much just to help with each and every individual in the band. Trombone section, trumpet section, drum line, after school, whatever it takes to get the band correct/

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