Georgia Bandmasters Championship
• What: Marching band competition
• When: 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Forsyth Central High School Stadium
• Cost: $8 to enter; concessions at various prices
About a dozen bands from across Georgia will take to the field Saturday as Forsyth Central High School's Flash of Crimson marching band again plays host to the Georgia Bandmasters Championship.
The event, in its 12th year, allows bands to show off their skills while competing in various categories, including overall performance, drum major and color guard.
John Mashburn, Central's band director, said spectators can see marching bands in a different way.
"A lot of folks never get the chance to see really great marching bands in all their glory," he said. "Marching band competitions allow the bands to really show off and present their performances in a controlled atmosphere.
"Bands usually have more time to present their competition shows. They often do things that may not be part of their regular halftime performances."
Mashburn said that while it seems "the economy and school budget cuts have affected the number of bands that are participating this year," Saturday should still be an exciting day.
"We do have some really great bands in competition and we hope that the local support will make up for the lower than normal number of bands this year," he said.
All proceeds from the event, which include $8 admission tickets and a variety of concessions, benefit the Central band program.
Mashburn said band parents and students have been working several months to prepare.
In addition to the competition, the Flash of Crimson and North Georgia College & State University's Golden Eagle Band will perform in exhibition.
Performances will begin at 3:30 p.m., running through about 9:30 p.m., at Forsyth Central's stadium.