NEMCC to Host Annual Dixie Marching Band Championship

Date(s) - 10/19/2013
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Northeast Mississippi Community College


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BOONEVILLE, MS.– Northeast Mississippi Community College’s “Showband from Tigerland” will host some of the best high school bands in the region at the thirty-second annual Dixie Marching Band Championship Saturday, October 19 at Tiger Stadium.

“We believe this will be one of the best events we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Northeast director of bands Bryan Mitchell said. “Traditionally, some of the finest bands from across several states participate in this prestigious event. This year we have 20 bands from Mississippi and Alabama scheduled to compete and we’re confident the lineup will live up to that tradition.

“The event is always very well supported by the community. We’re looking forward to having another great crowd on campus again this year.”

Last fall the Houston High School band from Germantown, Tenn., under the direction of Jim Smith and Spencer Nesvick, claimed the Dixie Marching Band Grand Championship and the 6A/5A/4A (combined) Sweepstakes Winner’s trophy. The 2A/3A (combined) Sweepstakes winner was Boonville High School.

Competition is again scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Gates will open at noon. Admission is $5. Children under kindergarten age will be admitted free.

High school bands scheduled to participate are Mantachie, Baldwyn, Aberdeen, Alcorn Central, Kossuth, South Pontotoc, Nettleton, Mooreville, Booneville, Kosciuisko, New Albany, Pontotoc, Tishomingo County, Ripley, Athens (Ala.), Saltillo, South Panola, Columbus, Starkville and Tupelo.

Northeast’s “Showband from Tigerland” will perform in exhibition at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Northeast Tiger Drum Line will perform a small exhibition while the high school band representatives line up for the awards presentation scheduled to begin at 7 p.m..

For more information contact Bryan Mitchell, Northeast’s director of bands, at 662-720-7257 or e-mail him at Visit the Northeast web site at <> .