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Ripley’s Hatch named Band Director of the Year

Ripley High School band director Bernard Hatch has been named the Band Director of the Year by the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors’ Association according to Ripley High School.

Mr Hatch was voted on by his peers with the NEMBDA for his work with the Ripley Marching band this season.

During the season, the 125+ Members of the Tiger marching band had a great season that resulted in a 6th place overall finish at the State band competition and a first place finish in percussion.

Their show this season, titled “The Heist” was a fan favorite all season long.

 Tim Jackson and Kayla Herron are assistant band directors at Ripley.

Jon Ross Myers

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