Area schools con­verge on Rome for Peach State

The Standard Journal - - REGION - By DOUG WALKER RN-T As­so­ciate Editor

Young mu­si­cians took to Bar­ron Sta­dium on Satur­day, com­pet­ing into the night while their fam­i­lies and friends hud­dled in blan­kets and any­thing they could wrap up in at the Peach State March­ing Fes­ti­val.

At the end of the day­long com­pe­ti­tion, the David L. Wal­ters Grand Cham­pi­onship tro­phy for the smaller bands was awarded to Wood­ward Academy from Col­lege Park.

The re­cip­i­ent of both the Thomas Eugene Inglis Grand Cham­pi­onship and the Don Everett Out­stand­ing Mu­si­cal Per­for­mance awards was Las­siter High School in Ma­ri­etta.

The march­ing fes­ti­val brought high school bands from as far away as Banks County in North­east Ge­or­gia to Red Bank, Ten­nessee, and Alabama schools that ranged from Alexan­der City to Fort Payne.

The Coosa and Pep­perell High bands com­peted in the fes­ti­val, while the Rome Mid­dle School and Rome High Sound of the Seven Hills bands per­formed in exhibition.

Doug Walker/RN-T

A large crowd filled the stands on the home side of Bar­ron Sta­dium Satur­day for the Peach State March­ing Fes­ti­val.

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