On Saturday October 28, 2017 the Strom Thurmond High School Rebel Regiment competed in the SCBDA's 2A Marching Band Championships on the historic campus of Spring Valley High School. The Rebel Regiment earned the honor to compete in this prestigious event a week after being named the SCBDA 2A Lower State Runner-up. The Rebel Regiment competed against 15 other 2A bands from around the state and was crowned the 2017 SCBDA 2A State Champions receiving a final score of 91.3 and earning caption awards for High Overall Effect, High Music and High Visual.
The Rebel Regiment's 2017 program was entitled "Lunar" and featured "Mars" by Gustav Holst, "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, "Moondance" by Van Morrison, "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Brain Damage" by Pink Floyd and "Enterprising Young Men" by Michael Giacchino. The 2017 design team was comprised of Jeff Fackler, John Fannin, Mathew Smith, Jason Frith, Kevin Piner and Justin Craig. The Rebel Regiment Directors are Justin Craig, Candance Craig, Zach Dobbs, and Angelyn Dorn. The 2017 instructional staff includes Tevin Middleton, Josh Hobbs, Adrianna Leon and Kevin Piner for the guard caption and Jason Frith, Brian Turner, and Avery Wise for the percussion caption.