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The Chesterfield High School Marching PRIDE wrapped up their competitive season on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by winning the 2014 SCBDA Class A State Marching Band Championship held at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The band was the smallest in competition on the day with only 28 total members and they ended up winning all three major judging captions of music, marching, and overall effect. Also, winning five of the six judges who were scoring each bands individual performance. Under the direction of Mr. Steve McGinnis with assistance from Associate Director Mr. Bryce Benning and Color Guard Instructor as well as McBee graduate Mrs. Dalen Kirby. The band was also able to capture the very first lower state title this season as well.

“I inherited a very talented and well trained group of musicians. My predecessor Mr. Cameron Watkins set up the band program at Chesterfield incredibly well. All marching season we as a staff have been blown away at their ability to overcome obstacles everyday no matter the conditions. We have preached hard work all season, and the goal was never to win a state title but to out work everyone else. If the students could accomplish that, the competition would take care of itself. These young man and women show up and work more than a team but as a family toward a common goal of excellence. At times it was difficult, but this group choose to stay the course and be rewarded. I also have to mention the never ending support from the band boosters, the community at large and the administration at Chesterfield High. This honor would not have been possible without each and every one of them. I am just excited for these students they can take this memory with them for the rest of their lives and no one can take it away. Over this season, I hoped each day that these students learned the value of hard work and dedication. Because on Saturday they proved they had what it took to overcome adversity. We all couldn’t be more proud.” Mr. McGinnis said.

2013-2014 Superintendent's Art Award Winners. 

Pictured from left to right:  Brishana Jackson, Amber Moser, Christian Wilson

Chesterfield County School District Recieves Distinguished Arts Program Grant

Chesterfield County School District was awarded a Distinguished Arts Program grant by the SC Department of Education for the project entitled Improving Arts Education.  We received the maximum award in the amount of $40,000. The purpose of the DAP grant  is to assist schools and districts in developing and implementing arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts through curriculum, instruction, and assessment based on the implementation of the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts.  Funds from this grant will be used to purchase supplies and materials for art and music classes, band instruments, technology and multimedia equipment, support artist in residence programs and provide professional development opportunities for fine arts teachers.



McBee High School Art student, Sophomore Travis Pait’s artwork was chosen to be on display at Heritage Bank in McBee as part of the grant awarded to the McBee High school Art department in the spring of 2014 for its high quality. The quality of the drawing was unique in its rendering of values and forms using quality drawing materials.   Travis, son of Clayton and Angela Pait of McBee is pictured with Beverly M. Raley, Retail Banking Manager, at Heritage Community Bank in downtown McBee.

Students from Long Middle and Cheraw High School partnered with the Cheraw Arts Commission and State Farm Insurance to create “Bebop, 2nd Line Parade Umbrellas.”  Umbrellas were provided through the CAC and State Farm, where students painted vivid original designs. The umbrellas were then showcased in a gallery opening at the Burr Gallery in the Cheraw Community Center and sold to members of the community for $12 each.  All proceeds were given back to the Art Departments at Long and Cheraw High.  These jazzy umbrellas will parade through Cheraw on October 18th as part of the South Carolina Jazz Festival and in the tradition of Second Line Parades