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