'Pride of the South' readies for Band Invitational

The Daleville High School "Pride of the South" Marching Band will host the 32nd Annual DHS Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 30.

There will be 14 performances by high school bands from around Alabama and Florida, according to DHS Band Director Mark Nichols. The band sizes will range from small to large, and each band's show will have a different theme.

Even the "Pride of the South" Marching Band will perform for event-goers, as well as the 98th Army "Silver Wings" Band.

Bands participating in the Invitational will be judged on the overall show, including marching and music, and the overall effect of the show, according to Nichols.

He said that groups within the band will also be judged as well. These groups include percussion, majorettes, dance line and drum majors.

Cost to attend the event is $6. Admission is $3 for seniors 60 and older as well as children five and under. Infants are free.

Nichols said a full range of concessions will be available during the event, which will begin at 2 p.m. and end around 8 p.m.

"Instead of seeing two halftime shows at a football game, you can see 14," Nichols said. "You can see a fun camaraderie between high school students, and it's a great place to brings kids to."

The invitational is organized by Nichols and Assistant Band Director Stephanie Robertson. The Daleville Band Parents Association sponsors the event, and band students provide assistance the day of the event.

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