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Ray Stadium hosts 27 marching bands

By By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Nov. 2, 2001
Meridian will host the Mississippi High School Activities Association Region 3 Marching Band Festival on Saturday at Ray Stadium.
The contest, postponed last month because of severe weather, will feature 27 high schools in classes 1A-5A. Competitions will be from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Once again, the competition is scheduled as a "rain or shine" event.
More than 30 bands were originally scheduled to perform but because of the delay, some bands have opted to compete at other regional contest locations. Ackerman, Forest, Quitman and Starkville high schools will not compete in Meridian, but West Point High School has been added to Saturday's competition.
The contest is open to the public. Admission is $5 for people 6 and older. Parking will be available near the school's tennis courts and, weather permitting, in the lower parking area. Parking will cost $3.
All proceeds from admission, parking and concessions will go to the Meridian High School Band Boosters to defray band expenses.
The Meridian High School Marching Band is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. The band is under the direction of Bruce White, head band director; band directors Terry Ivy and Scott Kratzer; and assistant band directors, Sabina Ivy and David McKinney.
The Delta State University marching band will perform at 7:45 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m.
Competition schedule
Class 1A and 2A bands will begin competing at 10 a.m. and are scheduled to perform in 15-minute intervals until 11 a.m. in the following order: Stringer, Sebastopol, Mt. Olive, Starkville Academy and Newton. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the following bands will perform until 1 p.m.: Ethel, Lake, Union, Taylorsville, Eupora, Scott Central and Bay Springs.
Class 3A bands will begin competing at 2:15 p.m. and are scheduled to perform in 15-minute intervals until 4 p.m. in the following order: Southeast Lauderdale, Choctaw Central, West Lauderdale, Morton, Raleigh, Newton County, Philadelphia and Carthage.
Class 4A and 5A bands will begin competing at 6 p.m. and are scheduled to perform in 15-minute intervals until 7:30 p.m. in the following order: Northeast Lauderdale, Kosciusko, Neshoba Central, Louisville, West Point, Wayne County and Meridian.
Steve Gillespie is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3233, or e-mail him at sgillespie@themeridianstar.com.

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