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October 9, 2007

Mudcreek Marching Festival coming Saturday

By David Lazenby

Hanceville High School's annual marching band festival will be bigger than ever this year.

The Mudcreek Marching Festival, which HHS will strike up at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school’s Ray Talley Stadium, will feature marching bands from 32 schools. The cost of the event is $5.

Bryan Kreps, HHS band director, said the annual competition in its 16th year usually attracts 16-21 groups.

Kreps, who is in his fourth year at the high school, said the biggest challenge with such a large turnout for the contest is bus parking.

“It’s probably going to be tight on trying to get the buses and equipment trucks in here,” he said.

In addition to raising money for the band program, the event also gives the school’s football team a chance to score extra funding. The Quarterback Club is overseeing event parking, which is $2 per vehicle.

Factors the contest’s judges will use to determine the winners will be overall presentation, the drum majors’ performance, the schools’ color guard presentation, percussion, the bands’ majorettes and dance lines. “There’s a scoring system,” Kreps said.

The bands competing will be divided into four classes based on the number of students who play musical instruments in the bands.

Saturday’s event will not be the only contest the HHS band will be in this month. On Oct. 20 the band will travel to Curry High School in Jasper to take part in the Curry Classic Band Competition. On Saturday, the HHS marching band played in the Covered Bridge Marching Festival in Oneonta.

Kreps said playing at football games the night before a band competition does not hurt the ensemble. “Usually we use Friday night as a dress rehearsal for the next day,” he said. “We usually try not to let the ball game the night before affect it to much.”

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