'Pride of the South' readies for Band Classic

The Daleville High School "Pride of the South" Marching Band will host the 33nd Annual DHS Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.

There will be 17 performances by high school bands from around Alabama, Georgia and Florida, according to DHS Assistant Band Director Stephanie Robertson. The band sizes will range from small to large, and each band's show will have a different theme.

Special performances will include the "Pride of the South" Marching Band and Huntingdon University's Marching "Scarlet and Grey."

Bands participating in the Invitational will be judged on the overall show, and groups within the band will also be judged as well, Robertson said. These groups include percussion, majorettes, dance line and drum majors.

"We have a 20 point scale," Robertson said, stating that the total number of points a band can receive is 100. "They average (the scores) together, and that's the score that you see at the end of the night."

Judges for this year's event are Harry Patzig, Larry Smith and Rob Grice for band; David Bolick for drum major; Josh Johnson for percussion; Amanda Glasscock for Color Guard; and Lindsey Moore for majorettes.

Cost to attend the event is $6. Admission is $3 for seniors 65 and older. Children five and under are free.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. The Marching "Scarlet and Grey" will perform at 8:45 p.m., and awards will be presented at 9 p.m.

"(You should come) to see some of the finest bands, not even just of the Wiregrass, but the Southeast," Robertson said, stating that she is excited to see the performances. "You never know what you're going to see on the field."

Robertson and Band Director Mark Nichols organize the invitational. The Daleville Band Parents Association sponsors the event, and band students provide assistance the day of the event.

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