“We kind of just talked about it informally among the band directors in the community and we thought it would be a great idea to showcase the students in the band as well as give each other a chance to see the other bands’ performances because sometimes we don’t necessarily play together or compete against one another,” AHS band director Kevin Brown said.
Beyond the local high school performances, the University of West Georgia marching band will perform as well as Rockmart High School’s marching band.
“Our show this year is titled ‘Darkness into the Light’ and we’re going to be going with that in a couple of directions — one from the emotional aspect of darkness and light as far as happiness and sadness — and the other being the spiritual aspect of good and evil,” Brown said.
This year, Woodland High School’s performance has the influence of new media, like 3D movies and video games.
“Our show for this year is called ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ and it’s essentially all tunes that have to do with flying,” WHS band director Eric Willoughby said. “We’re playing a lot of selections from the Pixar movie ‘Up,’ we’re also playing the song ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away,’ which was made famous by Nicole Kidman, and we also are featuring the song from ‘Angry Birds Rio.’”
The theme for Cass High School’s performance is “Summertime Blues.”
<*p(0,9,0,11.7,0,0,g(P,S))>“We’ve got a very young group of kids this year, but they’re all working hard,” CHS band director Mack Roberts said. “It’s pretty much a swing and jazz type show, but ‘Summertime’ is of course from ‘Porgy and Bess,’ and after ‘Summertime’ we’re playing ‘Blues in the Night,’ which was recorded by so many different people.
“It has a swing and jazz feel, some blues, nasty blues and stuff like that. It’s a lot of fun.”
Cartersville High School band director David Snipes said their performance for this year is titled “The Four Seasons.”
“Of course [the songs] are all based on the seasons, but most of them are popular songs everyone will know,” Snipes said. “We’ll be doing ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire and we’ll be doing a couple of jazz pieces including ‘Summertime,’ by ‘Porgy and Bess’ which everyone will recognize.”
He said the event is a way for the city and county systems to come together and showcase the hard work of students in a relaxed atmosphere.
“We are sometimes in such a competitive business with marching bands, all of our groups go to two to three competitions a year and [it’s an opportunity] for us to all get together in a friendly setting and show off who we are and support each other ... and not worry about Bartow schools against Cartersville City Schools,” Snipes said.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. All county staff and participants are admitted for free and there is no charge for parking.
A commemorative T-shirt will be available as well as a DVD of the evening. Concessions also will be available.
For more information on the Bartow County Marching Exhibition, visit www.adairsvilleband.com.