At a glance
Talon Marching Showcase
* Saturday, first performance set for 3 p.m., at South Forsyth High School. Tickets are $10, with seniors and children ages 5 to 12 $5. Children 5 and younger are free.
Forsyth County Marching Band Exhibition
* Oct. 14, first performance set for 7 p.m. at Forsyth Central High School. Admission is $4. Children 4 and younger are free. Middle school band students wearing school band shirts will also receive free admission.
Marching band exhibition season has begun in Forsyth County.
Last week, West Forsyth High School held its Wolverine Classic. South Forsyth and Forsyth Central are up next.
South’s Marching War Eagle Band will play host to the Talon Marching Showcase on Oct. 12, welcoming other bands from the county and state to compete, including Sprayberry, Marist, St. Pius X and Lakeside high schools.
South band director Paul Clark said the competition is a great fundraiser for the school.
“And it’s just another way to highlight the musical groups and activities,” he said. “It’s one more way of getting out in the public and giving the public more of an opportunity to come and see what our band programs are doing.”
Two days later, on Oct. 14, Central will be the site of the Forsyth County Marching Band Exhibition. Unlike South’s event, this is not a competition, just a chance for supporters and the community to see each of the county’s five high school marching bands perform a full-length showpiece.
“If someone wants to watch all five Forsyth high school bands back-to-back, this would be the event for them,” said Central band director Tom Tucker. “I really think that in the community, there are a lot of people that come out to watch it ... who are really interested in the band tradition we have here.”
More than 700 students perform with the South Forsyth High School Marching War Eagles, North Forsyth Raider Marching Band, the West Forsyth High School Wolverine Band, the Lambert Stampede Marching Band and the Forsyth Central Flash of Crimson Marching Band.
The schools take turns as host of the event, Tucker said.
“We have five schools that have very large programs. Everybody in this area has a 120-piece marching band or above and that’s kind of rare,” he said. “The community at large is very proud of the band tradition and a lot of people ... don’t really get to see the whole show during halftime.”
Both events will offer food and drinks as well as local vendors.
As host band, South won’t get to compete in the Talon showcase, but Clark said the school will get to perform at the end.
“It’s a really cool festival-type atmosphere,” he said. “… People can think of it like a music festival, with the marching bands being kind of the center stage. That’s really what it’s like.
“That’s really the environment we’re trying to create for an afternoon and evening of good family fun.”