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Grovetown holding annual marching band competition

Raising funds for new uniforms

Posted: October 10, 2012 - 12:04am
Harlem High School's marching band performed last year at Grovetown High School's marching band competition.  File photo
File photo
Harlem High School's marching band performed last year at Grovetown High School's marching band competition.

The Grovetown High School marching band is holding its third annual marching band competition Saturday to raise money for uniforms.

The Grovetown Warrior Invitational takes place from 1 to 9:30 p.m. at the school on William Few Parkway.

“Last year was a positive step for us,” Band Director Brian Toney said. “It was better organized and (the) bands really enjoyed our venue.”

Toney said he expects 10 bands, including many from Columbia County high schools, to perform. The Grovetown band will give an exhibition performance at 5 p.m., but won’t compete in the sanctioned Georgia Marching Band series event.

Performances are scheduled every 20 minutes beginning at 1 p.m., and the top eight bands will perform in the finale starting at 7 p.m. An awards ceremony will be at 9:15 p.m.

Area high school bands scheduled to compete include Greenbrier, Evans, Lakeside, Thomson, Burke, North Augusta, Westside, Aiken County, Lincoln County and Henry County high schools. Bands will compete in the same classifications that their schools compete in athletically and will be judged by a panel.

Admission for spectators costs $5 per person.

Proceeds from the competition go toward the $50,000-$80,000 needed to purchase new uniforms for the Grovetown band. The band purchased used uniforms two years ago.

“We’re still trying to get our first set of new uniforms,” Toney said.

More marching bands will be coming to Grovetown High on Nov. 10, Toney said, for the finals of the marching band series.

“The top bands of the series get together again and shoot it out for the top prize,” he said.

IF YOU GO

What: Grovetown Band of Warrior Invitational marching band competition

When: Performances start at 1 p.m. Saturday. Finale starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Grovetown High School, 2010 Warrior Way in Grovetown

Cost: $5

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