Southeast Halifax hosting band bonanza

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:00 pm

HALIFAX — Ten bands from North Carolina and Virginia are set to compete in the 16th annual Jewel of the Millennium Marching Band Festival Saturday at Southeast Halifax High School.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday on the high school football field. Admission is $5. The band competition is a fundraiser for Southeast Halifax, with the money raised going to uniforms, instruments and travel.

“It is the longest running band competition in the state,” said Wade Johnson, band director for Southeast Halifax. “It gives bands an opportunity to compete and win trophies.”

Northwest Halifax High School, Weldon STEM High School and Northampton County High School will be in the competition, and Southeast Halifax Marching Band will perform an exhibition.

Johnson said three college marching bands from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Bowie State University in Maryland and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania will be performing.

“If they are looking for a good time and want to witness some of the best music in North Carolina and Virginia, it will be an event not to miss,” Johnson said.

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