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Selma High to host Central Alabama Marching Band Festival

The third Saturday in October is usually reserved for the Central Alabama Marching Band Festival at Memorial Stadium.

The event, hosted by Selma High, will start at 11 a.m., will feature over 20 different bands, mostly from around the state.

Selma High School Band Director Brandon Williams said the event is called “Alabama’s largest traditional marching band competition.”

“The Central Alabama Marching Band Festival was created to help provide opportunities for high school bands in the Black Belt and surrounding areas a chance to showcase hard work and be recognized for their outstanding performance,” Williams said. “It has been proven that students who are participants in band are more engaged in life and are empowered to be fulfilled, responsible citizens who can make a profound positive impact on this world.’’

Among the prep bands competing with Selma High at the event include Anniston High, Loachapooka High, Calhoun High, Central-Tuscaloosa, Greene County, Minor High, Bessemer City, Peeblebrook, Park Crossing, Wenonah,  Robert E. Lee, Midfield, Osbourne, R.C. Hatch and Fairfield.

Bands will be judged on several different categories, including drum majors, percussion, majorettes, flag line, dance line and the band.

Tickets for the event are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate.