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Plymouth Graduate Competes at DCI World Championship

August 18, 2014

Rinda_1Rinda Kay Scott, a 2014 graduate of Plymouth High School and alumni member of the “Pride of Plymouth” marching band and winter guard programs, recently completed her first season as a member of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

On Saturday, August 9th, DCI (Drum Corps International) held the annual “summer games” and World Championships in Indianapolis. This event concludes a full summer of touring and competitions across the country. Thousands of young adults compete worldwide in the drum corps international circuit. The season ends with groups advancing through the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the top twelve corps advance to the world championships.

The Blue Stars advanced to the world championships and placed 9th overall.

Rinda_2Rinda was a featured performer in her very first season and had numerous small dance and flag solos in the performance. Bryan Ames, PHS band director said, “This was an amazing thing that we had a student from our program audition and make it into a program like this. To my knowledge, she may be the first student from our school to be a member of a World Class corps. Participating in this activity is highly competitive and there are often several hundred students from around the country that audition for a small handful of open positions. Words simply can’t begin to express how proud I am of Rinda and what an emotional experience it was to watch her perform.”

Rinda began with the band program at Plymouth when she joined the middle school color guard while in 7th grade.

PHS color guard director, and teacher at Menominee Elementary School, Nicole Horner trained Rinda over her many years in the program. Mrs. Horner said, “I could tell Rinda was special from the beginning. Even as a middle school student she shined as a performer and quickly became one of our most respected members. Watching her perform at the world finals was an overwhelming and emotional experience. To know that I was able to watch her grow over many years into such a strong performer was very exciting and special.”

Dozens of Plymouth High School band members and parents made the trip to Indianapolis to attend the championship competition to see Rinda perform and support her at this event.

Congratulations to Rinda on her achievements and for representing our school and community at the DCI World Championships!