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YHC Pep Band Wins Back-to-Back Peach Belt Conference Spirit Competitions

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
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Young Harris College Pep Band Wins Back-to-Back Peach Belt Conference Spirit Competitions

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s pep band, Purple Reign, recently won the Peach Belt Conference’s (PBC) annual Spirit Competition for the second year in a row. The event was part of the PBC men’s and women’s basketball tournament, which was contested for the third year in a row at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

The YHC competitive cheerleading team placed a strong second in the PBC Cheerleading Championship, which took place in conjunction with the tournament and Spirit Competition. 

"Returning as the defending champion brought a bit of pressure, so we made sure to over prepare,” said YHC Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, who leads Purple Reign. “These students gave their time for many late-night rehearsals and a portion of their spring break in order to make YHC proud.”

Purple Reign was formed in 2010 during YHC’s inaugural basketball season. The band performs regularly at all home basketball games.

“Purple Reign did it again—and we are so proud of them,” said YHC Director of Athletics Randy Dunn. “Mary and this dedicated group of young musicians truly make the ‘Valley of Doom’ at YHC one of the most difficult PBC venues for opponents to play in.”

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,” “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” “Go Young Harris,” “Wake Me Up,” “Timber,” “Sail” and “Purple Rain.”

“We selected arrangements that were high energy and represented the Mountain Lion spirit,” explained Land. “The members of Purple Reign are very talented, and we channeled their creativity into some awesome music and movement. They came out on top of fierce competition.”

“The competition was a blast, and the most fun I think I’ve had during my three years at YHC,” said junior business and public policy major Brian Montgomery of Powder Springs, Ga. “It is always rewarding to see the blood, sweat and tears the band members shared pay off in the end. Winning this title for the second year in a row made me extremely proud to be a Mountain Lion.” 

In addition to Montgomery, members of Purple Reign include junior Katherine Gwin of Kennesaw, Ga., senior Allison Arnold of Young Harris, Ga., freshman Chloe Cook of Blue Ridge, Ga., sophomore Courtland Walters of Stockbridge, Ga., freshman Adam Shelp of Dawsonville, Ga., senior Rachel Bettis of Dawsonville, Ga., freshman Jenna Penland of Cleveland, Ga., freshman Katie Rittenhouse of Blairsville, Ga., freshman Nicholas Fortenberry of Powder Springs, Ga., sophomore Spencer Murray of Cabot, Ark., freshman Madison Crespin of Acworth, Ga., junior Sally Petty of Clayton, Ga., freshman Jake McDonald of Marietta, Ga., freshman Emily Stewart of Eatonton, Ga., freshman Nolan Walker of Ellijay, Ga., freshman Liz Granados of Cleveland, Ga., sophomore Samantha Grinstead of Eatonton, Ga., freshman Christian Nicholson of Atlanta, Ga., freshman Jasmine Redding of Atlanta, Ga., freshman Nathaniel Arnold of Young Harris, Ga., sophomore Terell Heard of Elberton, Ga., senior Jeff Stewart of Young Harris, Ga., freshman Bryson LaPrairie of East Ellijay, Ga., freshman Michelle Queen of Rome, Ga., sophomore Kallie Epperson of Winder, Ga., sophomore Armando Granados of Euharlee, Ga., sophomore Marshall Scoggins of LaFayette, Ga., senior Tim Linley of Cartersville, Ga., sophomore Anthony Peters of Milledgeville, Ga., senior Shelby Brown of Calhoun, Ga., junior Patrick Young of Dawsonville, Ga., and freshman Jade Lester of Cedartown, Ga. 

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


Purple Reign wowed the crowed at the PBC Spirit Competition with their creative set list.

Young Harris College’s pep band, Purple Reign, celebrates their back-to-back wins with members of YHC’s competitive cheerleading team.