Schools from across the state competed for trophies and bragging rights. In total, more than 3,000 students from 16 bands participated in the event. Hendersonville High School’s Band of Gold was the grand champion at the competition.
All of the bands got together to play the national anthem, which Tina Parks, who is a booster for the Lebanon High School bands, said was the high point of the day.
Bob Taylor, former LHS band director, started the competition in 1985. Each year, the event is held on the first weekend in October.
Since the first year of the event, larger bands have performed first, so that smaller bands will have a larger audience when they perform. The LHS marching band has 120 members this year.
In addition to competitions, the LHS band performs at halftime of LHS football games and at all community parades, including the opening and closing of the Wilson County Fair, the LHS homecoming parade, the Lebanon Veterans Day Parade and the Lebanon Christmas Parade.
At last week’s football game between LHS and Wilson Central High School, the two schools’ marching bands performed the national anthem together, and both marching bands performed at halftime.
This year’s halftime show performed at each game by the LHS marching band is called “A Thousand Years In Arabia,” and it includes a variety of music from different cultures.