April 9th, 2018
Chimera Winterguard won its second IRA Division Championship this past Saturday night at the S.AP.A. (Southern Association of Performing Arts) Championships held at McKenzie Arena on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Chimera performed their 2018 program "One Small Step" for a boisterous crowd Saturday evening. Their program highlighted NASA's quest to put a man on the moon which was described by President Kennedy as "... the most hazardous, and dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which man has ever
Chimera wowed the crowd and the judges with their aggressive yet emotional performance, prompting General Effect judge Paul Holly to comment "I'm getting emotional because I remember when this [the moon landing] happened". Mr. Holly wasn't the only person in the arena with watery eyes as Chimera ended their program with a heartfelt tribute to John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, who passed away just over a year ago, and left the floor to thunderous applause from the audience.
From that point on it was a waiting game until scores were announced later that evening. But any anxiety felt by the members and staff was not needed as they were announced as IRA Champions with a unit and class record score of 87.06.