Area bands take center stage Saturday
by James Phillips
Sep 21, 2012 | 1994 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ashley Cooper and the Walker High marching band will be among the eight high school bands from across the county performing at Saturday’s Night of Bands in Cordova. Photo by: Ron Harris
Ashley Cooper and the Walker High marching band will be among the eight high school bands from across the county performing at Saturday’s Night of Bands in Cordova. Photo by: Ron Harris
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The annual Walker County Night of Bands exhibition is scheduled for Saturday at Hudson-Kirby Field in Cordova.

The event, which will feature marching bands from eight area high schools, will start at 5:30 p.m. Cordova High band director Travis Hickman said the school is honored to host the exhibition.

“We’ve hosted it one other time in my nine years at Cordova, and it is always a big event,” he said. “This is a way for us to highlight music in our area. It’s also a way to celebrate the students who participate in bands across the county.”

Hickman said the event was started several years ago as a way for area bands to see each other’s half-time performances.

“We don’t all play each other, so there is no way for us to see what all the bands are doing,” he said. “This gives everybody a chance to see all the different routines. It’s always a very fun night.”

The exhibition is also a way for area bands to be critiqued before their contest season begins, Hickman said.

“This is strictly an exhibition, but we do bring in judges to let our bands know what they think,” he said. “That gives us all an idea of what we need to work on before we start competitions.”

Admission for the event is $5 at the gate, but tickets may also be purchased in advance from any area band member for $3.

Hickman said all proceeds go to the Walker County Band Directors Association to be used for several things, including putting on the Walker County Honor Band.

“In the end, all the money goes back to things that are for the kids,” he said.

Bands scheduled to participate Saturday include Cordova, Parrish, Oakman, Curry, Carbon Hill, Dora, Sumiton Christian and Walker.

“We just want to invite everyone out to the Night of Bands,” Hickman said. “We are very proud of our bands in Walker County and this is a great way to showcase them.”