If you go
* What: Georgia Indoor Percussion Association circuit competition
* When: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Forsyth Central High School, 520 Tribble Gap Road
* Cost: $9
CUMMING — The Forsyth Central High School’s Flash of Crimson Band drumline is hoping to maintain its success and standard of high-level performances this weekend when it performs during the final circuit competition before state championships.
Central is among 13 drumlines that will perform at the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association competition on Saturday, with shows starting at 10:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day before an award ceremony at 6 p.m.
“We usually do pretty well,” said Tom Tucker, band director at the school on Tribble Gap Road.
Last year, Central won the state title and went on to perform at the World Championships in Ohio.
Bands are divided into three skill-based classes, Tucker said, with the top three in each class being awarded Saturday.
“There are eight A-class groups. For the groups where there’s a lot of people there, it’s heavy competition. If there’s only one group in a class there, then they win,” Tucker said.
Central will be the only world-class — the highest level — band at the competition Saturday. Lambert and Milton high schools are the only other bands in Georgia that perform at this level.
“We were the first indoor drumline in the county,” he said. “We’ve been doing it for quite a while now.”
Central has previously won the state championship, which this year will take place April 2 at the University of West Georgia, five times. Tucker, who has been with the band since 1999, has been director for every title.
He said there are just four world-class bands in the Southeast.
North Forsyth is the only other local high school set to perform this weekend and will do so in the A-class.
North, which Tucker said also has students from West Forsyth, is scheduled to perform its preliminary at 12:04 p.m., while Central is set for 12:28 p.m.
The middle of the day will include clinics for students interested in joining their school’s bands to get more information.
The award ceremony will kick off with performances by Central’s junior varsity and varsity winter guards.