Huntingdon Offers Second Annual Band Competition
Montgomery, Ala.—Fifteen high school marching bands from across Alabama will compete in the Second Annual Huntingdon First Marching Band Festival, Saturday, September 19, at Samford Stadium, Huntingdon College. The festival is designed with the smaller high school band in mind, and will judge participants in six categories: band, color guard/rifle, majorette, percussion, drum major, and dance line. Beginning at 10:45 a.m. and featuring performances in 20-minute intervals throughout the day, the competition is free and open to the public. An awards ceremony will take place at 5:40 p.m. on the field.
Participants include bands from Kingwood Christian School, Birmingham; Thorsby High School; Holt High School, Tuscaloosa; Trinity High School, Montgomery; Dallas County High School; Clay County High School; Chelsea High School; Chilton County High School; Childersburg High School; Beulah High School; St. James School, Montgomery; St. Clair County High School; T.R. Miller High School, Brewton; B.B. Comer High School, Sylacauga, Ala.; and Bibb County High School. The Huntingdon First Scarlet and Grey Marching Band will perform in exhibition at 5:20 p.m. Each participating band will receive an appreciation plaque, with trophies awarded for those whose units receive overall superior ratings and a Best-in-Class award for Bronze, Silver, and Gold classifications, designating the size of the winds/percussion sections of the group. Judges include Dr. Oliver Boone, of Columbus, Ga., Mike Corley, of Thorsby, Ala., and Shannon Chandler, of Valley, Ala., for the band competition; Daryl Ussery, of Homewood, Ala., for the color guard/rifle competition; Anna Livingston, of Montgomery, for majorettes; Will Boartfield, of Prattville, Ala., for percussion; Jesse Madden, contest director and assistant director of bands for Huntingdon College, for drum majors; and Nicole Duff, coach for Huntingdon’s Dancin’ Dazzlers dance team, for the dance line.
The Huntingdon First Scarlet and Grey Marching Band is one of only a few marching bands at NCAA-Division III schools nationwide and the only such band in the Southeast. The band is directed by Harold Blankenship. Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools are, in most cases, more than twice the national averages.