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Jim Hill & Murrah Standouts at Recent Marching Band Competitions

October 27, 2023

Jackson Public Schools hosted the Magnolia Marching Band Championships at Hughes Field on Saturday, September 30. Twelve bands, including all seven JPS high schools and several from across the state, participated in the competition.

 Jim Hill and Murrah stood out among JPS schools with overall Superior ratings at the end of judging. Additionally, Murrah received 1st place for Best Colorguard, and Jim Hill received 1st place for Best Drum Major.

Other JPS high schools also performed well at the Magnolia Marching Band competition, coming away with the following awards:

Overall Awards

  • 1st Place Colorguard – Murrah
  • 2nd Place Majorettes – Callaway
  • 3rd Place Majorettes – Lanier
  • 1st Place Percussion – Jim Hill & Murrah (Tied with Meridian and Southeast Lauderdale)
  • 1st Place Drum Major – Jim Hill
  • 2nd Place Band – Jim Hill

Small Band Awards

  • 1st Place Colorguard – Murrah
  • 1st Place Majorettes – Callaway
  • 2nd Place Majorettes - Lanier
  • 2nd Place Percussion – Forest Hill
  • 2nd Place Band – Murrah

Large Band Awards

  • 1st Place Percussion – Jim Hill (Tie with Meridian)
  • 1st Place Drum Major – Jim Hill
  • 2nd Place Band – Jim Hill

Following their outstanding showing at the Magnolia Championships, Jim Hill and Murrah delivered solid performances at the Region IV State Marching Competition in Pearl. Jim Hill received all Superiors, and Murrah garnered a respectable mix of Superior and Excellent ratings.

MHSAA Region IV Evaluations 2023

Photos courtesy Bryan Jefferson

Jim Hill percussionists

Jim Hill drum majors

Jim Hill High School Marching Band at MHSAA Region IV 2023

Murrah High School percussionist

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Murrah High School at MHSAA Region IV 2023

Callaway High School majorette

Callaway High School brass and percussion

Callaway High School

Forest Hill High School


Watch JPS Bands performances at Magnolia Marching Band Championships: