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Contributed photo by Melissa Barrett / The Signal Corps marching band poses for a photo after winning the Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship on Saturday.

The Signal Mountain High School marching band is the winner of the Tennessee Division II state marching band championship for the first time in the school's history.

"These kids are one of a kind, and this is many years in the making," said the director, Drew Buckner.

The band performed at the state championship competition Saturday at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna and "swept all categories in an incredible fashion," according to Melissa Barrett, president of the Signal Mountain High School Music Boosters.

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Contributed photo by Melissa Barrett / The Signal Corps marching band displays trophies from its state championship win on Saturday.

On Friday the band, known as the Signal Corps, will perform in the Bands of America grand national championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Around 100 bands are performing in the preliminary competition on Thursday and Friday. Up to 36 bands will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, and 12 bands will advance to finals on Saturday evening, according to the competition's website.

— Compiled by Emily Crisman

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