From staff reports
By Brian Livingston
Since the beginning of the school year, band members work tirelessly toward one goal and that is to be good enough to be rated a superior band.
This Saturday in Scooba, Meridian High School will host about 30 bands from the region of East Mississippi as they gather on the field of East Mississippi Community College and try to impress the judges with their halftime routines. For band booster club members like Paige Corey, this is a highlight of the year for the bands.
"They have worked so hard to get to this point," said Corey, who is the president of the MHS Band Booster Club. "This is where they see the results of all that hard work and commitment. Are they good enough to get that superior rating and qualify for state? This is where they get that answer."
The MHSAA Region III Marching Band Festival will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m. Admission for fans and spectators is $8 per person. Concessions will be open all day to satisfy the appetite and thirst of everyone on the campus. Corey said they expect about 3,000 people to be in attendance for the event.
"MHS has hosted this competition for many, many years," Corey said. "We pride ourselves on giving the fans a big event that is wonderful to watch."
Historically, this competition has be held on the campus of Meridian High School, Corey said. This is the second year in a row that it will be held at EMCC's campus in Scooba.
All the Bands will be performing their halftime shows that they have been performing at their school's football games. Several of the bands have already competed in smaller marching competitions to get ready for this competition. For many of the bands, this is their biggest completion of the year.
Bands that achieve a Superior Rating at this event qualify to advance to the State competition. The marching bands are judged in the following categories: color guard, drumline/precussions, drum majors, and overall band which is a compiled scores from three different judges.