Annual marching band exhibition Monday
by Mark Andrews
Sep 28, 2013 | 1155 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The third annual Bartow County Marching Band Exhibition will be held Monday on the Cass High School football field. Featuring the marching band from every local high school, the event will showcase the efforts and talents of the more than 400 students who participate in the programs countywide.

“It will start at 7 p.m. with the national anthem and will be immediately followed by Adairsville High School’s Marching Tiger band,” Michael Elzey, assistant band director for Cartersville Middle School and Cartersville High School, said.

The cost to attend the event is $5, but children younger than 5 are admitted for free.

Elzey said the event began because band directors wanted the opportunity to showcase their students’ talent in a group setting.

“It shows a sense of togetherness,” he said. “Even though we’re four separate bands from four separate high schools, we’re all part of the same family.

“... We perform at all the football games, but we wanted to show our community that we don’t only entertain the crowd in between quarters at the football game, that marching band is actually a very rigorous activity that we work on starting the first of July with our band camps, then we perform throughout the season, taking our same show not only to the games, but also to between two and three competitions throughout the year.”

Mack Roberts, band director for Cass High School echoed Elzey’s statements.

“It’s a good non-competitive atmosphere. We do compete, but we don’t compete against each other, mainly because we’re in different classes most of the time,” Roberts said. “This is an opportunity to come see the bands and be supportive of all the bands in the county without it being a competitive environment.

“At lot of times at competitions and events people and parents want to sit on their hands because they’re afraid that if they applaud another band, that that’s not a good reflection on their band, but I totally disagree with that. In fact, when we go to competitions I try to make sure that you cheer for every band that comes across because every kid has worked so hard.”

In other band news, the Cass High School band has been invited to perform in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. For a full feature on the band’s accomplishment and fundraiser information, read future editions of The Daily Tribune News.

For a profile on all local marching bands, including photos, read the front page of the AroundTown section of the Sunday, Oct. 6, edition of DTN.