Anniston High holds marching band festival Saturday
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Anniston is holding its first band festival Saturday, Oct. 5.  Anniston High Student Malik Ashford practices his tuba this afternoon.  Photo by Bill Wilson.
Anniston is holding its first band festival Saturday, Oct. 5. Anniston High Student Malik Ashford practices his tuba this afternoon. Photo by Bill Wilson.
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The Anniston High School Marching Bulldogs will perform in the school’s own marching band festival this afternoon at the Lott-Mosby Memorial Stadium.

Along with the Bulldogs, four bands from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia will take to the field for what Anniston High band director Ruben Mitchell said is the first marching band festival in school history.

“To the best of my knowledge it’s the first one ever,” Mitchell said by phone Friday.

Marching bands from Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, Selma High School, Lamar County High School in Barnesville, Ga., and Talladega County Central High will perform Saturday afternoon.

“These bands are very good groups. I think that they’ll enjoy the show,” Mitchell said.

Each of the bands in the festival performs a high-energy style or marching called high-step, Mitchell explained.

It’s the first marching band festival Mitchell has organized, and comes at the request of the band’s booster club members, he said.

“Every year we go to several different contests and my boosters kept asking about doing one. Finally this year I said we’ll go ahead and do it,” Mitchell said. The festival may become a regular event for Anniston High, he said.

Money raised by the festival will go toward sending the Marching Bulldogs to perform in the Citrus Bowl Parade in December.

The 65-member Marching Bulldogs are busy, with four band competitions scheduled for this season. Two were held last weekend. The band travels to Piedmont Oct. 12 for the Chief Ladiga Marching Band Festival.

“After that we’ll be going to the Magic City Classic Parade,” Mitchell said.

Doors open this afternoon at 1 and the festival begins at 2. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the gate.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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