High school bands to compete at Tournament of Champions

The Tuscola High School marching band competes in the 2016 Tournament of Champions.

The 17th annual Tournament of Champions will be held at Western Carolina University’s E.J. Whitmire Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Twenty-five high school bands from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee will compete for the prestigious Chancellor’s Award, a glass traveling trophy that is presented to the grand champion band. The highest scoring band from North Carolina will receive the Roll of Honor.

The bands will compete in four classes – A, AA, AAA and AAAA. Winners from each class, as well as the next six highest scoring bands, will compete in the finals. Summerville High School in South Carolina was last year’s grand champion, while East Lincoln of Denver won the Roll of Honor.

This year’s competition will return to a preliminary/finals format with the addition of a 20-minute clinic session for directors and staff after every band’s preliminary performance. The purpose of the clinic will be to provide immediate feedback, constructive critique regarding band performance and design, and a question/answer session with the clinician and each band’s director and staff.

A member of the North Buncombe High School band performs during the 2016 tournament.

North Carolina marching bands and their competition times are: Northwest Guilford, 9:15 a.m.; South Caldwell, 10:45 a.m.; McDowell, 11 a.m.; Enloe, 11:15 a.m.; West Johnston, 11:30 a.m.; Lincolnton, 12:30 p.m.; Owen, 12:45 p.m.; Parkwood, 1:15 p.m.; Sanderson, 2:15 p.m.; Pisgah, 2:30 p.m.; Tuscola, 3 p.m.; North Henderson, 3:15 p.m.; and East Lincoln, 3:30 p.m.

Georgia bands and their competition times are: Campbell, 9 a.m.; Harrison, 9:30 a.m.; McEachern, 9:45 a.m.; R.W. Johnson, 10 a.m.; Jackson County, 12:15 p.m.; Kennesaw Mountain, 1 p.m.; and Pope, 2:45 p.m.

South Carolina bands and their competition times are: Spring Valley, 10:15 a.m.; Clover, 1:45 p.m.; and Summerville, 3:45 p.m.

Tennessee bands and their competition times are: Seymour, 10:30 a.m. and Dobyns-Bennett, 1:30 p.m.

WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the tournament’s host, will perform at 4 p.m. Tickets to the tournament are $15 and cover the entire day of events.

For more information on the tournament, visit prideofthemountains.com.