Release date: Oct. 19, 2015
SCOOBA – Wave after wave of yellow school buses and equipment vans converged on Sullivan-Windham Field Oct. 10 as the Meridian High School Band Boosters hosted the Region III Marching Band Festival at East Mississippi Community College.
Thirty high school bands took part in the festival, a prelude to the State Marching Championship coming up Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, sponsored by the Mississippi Bandmasters Association and Mississippi High School Activities Association.
“It was a great day for a marching festival, a little overcast but not as sweltering hot as last year,” said Antonio Altman, director of the Meridian High School Wildcat Band.
“The Wildcat team worked straight through from early in the morning until well into the night. Since we were the hosts, our students, parents and band boosters worked the gates, cooked on the grill, operated the concessions booth, sold programs, ran errands and did a hundred other jobs to ensure things ran smoothly. And we really appreciate the help from EMCC’s staff and students, too.”
The Region III festival has been held at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field for the last four years.
“The marching festival was, once again, top notch. I believe that this was the best one yet,” said EMCC Band Director Steve Stringer.
“Congratulations to the Meridian High School band staff, students and parents for such an awesome event. The EMCC Mighty Lion Band and staff were honored to perform in exhibition on such a wonderful day. We saw some incredible musicianship and imaginative themes on the field.”
Meridian High School fielded the only Class 6A band in the festival and the Wildcats earned high marks from the judges.
Marching bands from all over Region III performed over the course of a day that started with performances at 8 a.m. and ended with an award ceremony about 6 p.m.
Here’s a look at all the participating bands:
- Class 1A: Ethel, Stringer
- Class 2A: Taylorsville, Clarkdale, Scott Central, Mize, Lake, Enterprise, Union
- Class 3A: Choctaw County, Forest, Choctaw Central, Morton, Philadelphia, Southeast Lauderdale, Seminary
- Class 4A: Louisville, Kosciusko, Northeast Jones, Leake Central, Newton County, Northeast Lauderdale, Quitman, West Lauderdale
- Class 5A: Laurel, Wayne County, West Jones, South Jones, Neshoba Central
- Class 6A: Meridian
For more information about EMCC’s band program, contact Steve Stringer at (662) 476-5005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the photo: Meridian High School Band Director Antonio Altman, right, and EMCC Band Director Steve Stringer welcomed thousands of high school musicians to Sullivan-Windham Field as the MHS Band Boosters hosted the Region III Marching Band Festival at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.
More photos on EMCC Facebook:
Region III Marching
Meridian High School
EMCC Mighty Lion Band performed
in exhibition during judges' breaks.
Northeast Lauderdale High School
Southeast Lauderdale High School
West Lauderdale High School
Neshoba Central High School