Cavalier Marching Band Competition to feature 15 bands

By Allen Worrell Editor

October 16, 2013

If you enjoy music, marching bands and the pageantry of high school football, Carroll County High School has a special treat for you October 19.

The 4th Annual Cavalier Classic Marching Band Competition will feature 15 bands from all over the Southeast as marching bands from Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina are scheduled to compete in the day-long event. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., the event is expected to last more than five hours as each marching band will perform their halftime show.

“I think people could expect to see lots of great bands, some fantastic shows, and probably some things they would have never thought possible,” said Patricia Lineberry, president of the Carroll County High School Band Boosters. “I think people can expect to see things they have never seen before. I think they would be in for a special treat. You don’t have the opportunity often to see so many different bands and programs. We have small bands up to large bands. It is fascinating to see the different shows.”

The Cavalier Classic Marching Band Competition has grown each year since its inception in 2010, up from 12 bands last year and 10 the year before. Michael Farina, now in his fourth year as band director at CCHS, said the event is quickly becoming a popular one throughout the band community.

“I just think we run a really good program with no delays. If there is a problem, it is something we get taken care of quickly,” he said. “The kids who come to compete enjoy it and it spreads by word of mouth. It is a good show to go see, which is one of the reasons why it’s so popular.”

Since it is the host band, Carroll County’s Marching Band will not compete in the event. But you will still get to see the Cavalier Marching Band as it will perform an exhibition featuring its halftime show for the 2013 season. The event is a fundraiser for the CCHS Marching Band, with admission price set at $5, and children under five admitted free.

“It is a great fundraiser for us because we make a good deal money and it’s really a good opportunity to get the name of Carroll County out there,” Farina said. “The kids know it who have come to it in the past. They enjoy it and know we have run good shows in the past, so it is always nice to be a favorite of other bands to come out to your competition.”

Aside from the competition, there will be plenty of other activities to make the day enjoyable. Concessions will be available throughout the event, Lineberry said, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase “shout-outs” for $1. Shout-outs are messages you can have the P.A. announcer read over the loud speaker to encourage certain bands or band members.

“You can say, ‘Great job guys, do you best,’ or anything like that, and they will announce it before they do their program. It gives them inspiration,” Lineberry said. “It is a great event. It is a lot of work to host, but it is worth it. The kids work really hard, the boosters work really hard, and we all pool together and have a really good competition the bands can come to and have a great experience.”

Carroll County’s Marching Band features around 80 members, Farina said. The band typically competes in three to four competitions a year and is grateful to have the opportunity to host its own competition each year. Farina said those attending for the first time can expect to see a fantastic event.

“They are going to see a lot of good musical groups and a lot of fun halftime shows,” Farina said. “It’s just something they won’t normally see if they go out to a football game. They see one team’s halftime show, but this is 15 shows so they will see a lot of music and lot of really neat things going on the field.”

Farina is also pleased to announce that the Carroll County Marching Band will be getting new uniforms for the first time in over 10 years, thanks to the help of the Carroll County School Board and Central Office. He said a new uniform is currently being designed and will be available for the 2014 season.

“That would not have happened without the school board and central office, so we owe it to them,” Farina said. “The early 2000s was the last time we had new uniforms, so we are very grateful for that.”