Marching bands from Rowan and surrounding counties will visit the Catawba College campus on Saturday, October 4 to compete in the third annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic.
Twelve high school marching bands, from six counties in N.C., have registered to participate in the competition which begins at 3:00 p.m. in Catawba’s Shuford Stadium. Rowan County high school bands will compete, along with bands from Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Davidson counties.
The event is sponsored by the Catawba College Chapter 1002 of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 and concessions will be available.
The bands will be categorized according to size division – smallest to largest (A; AA; AAA; and AAAA), according to the number of wind instruments in each. Bands will perform their marching shows in order to receive critiques, ratings, and trophy awards from a professional judging staff in the areas of Music Execution, Marching Execution, General Effect, Drum Major, Percussion, and Color Guard. Each size division will be awarded a first, second or third place trophy for their ratings, and are eligible for the coveted Lord Salisbury Cup, which is presented to the highest overall rating for the day, regardless of class size.
The contest will begin with the National Anthem performed by the College Brass Ensemble. A special exhibition by the Catawba “Pride” Drumline will be presented at 5:30, preceding the Class 1A-2A award ceremony. The final award ceremony, to include the presentation of the Lord Salisbury Cup, will take place at 8:45PM. The 2007 Lord Salisbury Classic Cup was awarded to Piedmont High School Marching Panthers from Union County. The 2006 Lord Salisbury Cup recipient was Ledford High School Panther Regiment from Davidson County. Both bands will be present at this year’s event to compete for the coveted 2008 grand champion award.
Concessions, including sandwiches, pizza, soft drinks, bottled water, candies, popcorn and other items, will be on sale throughout the event. Programs containing information about each band and its personnel will also be available for sale.
For more details on the Lord Salisbury Classic, contact Dr. Steve Etters in the Catawba College Band office at (704) 637-4408.
PHOTOS: Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic