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Young Harris College Pep Band Wins Peach Belt Conference Spirit Competition
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s pep band, Purple Reign, won the Peach Belt Conference’s annual Spirit Competition, taking the title from three-time defending champions University of North Carolina Pembroke. The event was part of the PBC men’s and women’s basketball tournament, which was contested for the second year in a row at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.
“Colleges and universities have really started to take this competition very seriously, and YHC has now raised the bar for everyone else,” said YHC Director of Athletics Randy Dunn. “Purple Reign has meant so much in terms of creating an electric atmosphere for our basketball games, and their recent performance at the competition was just outstanding.”
Purple Reign was formed in 2010 during YHC’s inaugural basketball season. The band performs regularly at all home basketball games and is directed by YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land.
“This was our first trip to the PBC championship, and we really didn’t know what to expect. I am very proud of our students who worked hard all season and then brought home the championship to YHC,” said Land. “I am tremendously thankful for Randy Dunn—his leadership and support throughout this entire event was key to our success.”
Each band played for five minutes during the competition and was evaluated based on musicianship, musical impact and school spirit effectiveness. Purple Reign’s set list included the “YHC Fight Song,” “ESPN Theme,” “Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk),” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Kernkraft 400” and “Talkin’ Out the Side of Your Neck.”
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
Young Harris College’s pep band, Purple Reign, won the Peach Belt Conference’s annual Spirit Competition.
(From left to right) Young Harris College Director of Athletics Randy Dunn and Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land accepted the award.