Posted by: londynbridges | September 1, 2009

Marching Fever !!

It’s that time of year again when the grid iron not only becomes a place for football players to show their talent, but marching bands across the nation will step foot onto a playing field of their own. The nervous butterflies you get when you first march into a stadium and the crowd screams for you to dance. The joy you feel when you are dancing in the stands to a classic like , “ESPN,” or “Let’s Go,”.  When you firt step on the field for half time, the silence you hear right before the Drum Major calls for attention. There is nothing like experiencing being in the marching band, whether you are in high school or college. And there is nothing like watching those bands perform and dance the night away. 

This year in Columbus Georgia is the 2nd annual Foutain City Battle of the Bands on Sunday October 4th 2009. This event will be held at the AJ McClung Memorial Statdium, where thousands of spectators will gather to watch area high school and college bands battle it out to see who is the best of the best. Last year with over 7,000 in attendance marching bands from across the south rocked the house. While the Fountain City Battle of the Bands will be exciting for the fans, the ultimate goal is to bless the community. Funds generated from the event will go to finance programs for the Belvedere Park and Boxwood Park Recreational Centers , in which the city of Columbus has entrusted to Spirit Filled Ministries. This excerpt is from (www.fountaincitybattleofthebands.com)

The “Black College,” marching band tradition dates back to the early colonial 1800s, where musicians especially in New Orleans and Harlem used  instruments to express their pain, joy, sorrow, or contentment. Music became an avenue for blacks to be who they wanted to be, and over time, it developed into a long tradition which still can be found in high schools and HBCU’s across America. Dancing also became a fundamental part of black heritage and when music and dance fuses together, it creates a spectacle to be held at great review. 

At the Fountain City Battle of the Bands in Columbus, Georgia the college bands that will be in attendance are : The Alabama State Marching Hornets (AL), The Albany State Marching Rams (GA), South Carolina State Marching Band (SC) and  The Clark Atlanta Marching Panthers (GA). 

bob1High school bands that will be in attendance are :  Carver High School Marching Tigers (Columbus, Ga), Spencer High School Marching Greenwaves(Columbus, GA), Shaw High School Marching Raiders (Columbus, GA), Richmond Academy Marching Musketeers (Augusta, GA), Newton High School Marching Rams (Covington, GA), Stephenson High School Marching Jaguars (Decatur, GA) and Riverdale High School Marching Radiers (Riverdale GA). 

Showtime is at 3pm. Ticket Prices are $15. They are available at the following locations:

Both Chester’s Barbeque locations, Star Nails, NT Nails, E&S Men’s Clothing Warehouse,Spirit Filled Ministries, Spencer High School, Carver High School, and Shaw High School. (All located in Columbus Georgia)

 Tickets will be available in Albany at the ASU campus on Friday Sept 4th, 2009 as well as in Montgomery at Alabama State University. You may also check them out on the web at www.fountaincitybattleofthebands.com

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