TCHS to host marching invitational on Saturday, Sept. 22

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Taylor County High School will host its annual marching invitational on Saturday, Sept. 22, with eight area bands set to take the stage.

Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m. Preliminary awards will be given out at 4:15 p.m. and finals competition will get under way at 6:30 p.m.

TCHS will perform in exhibition at 8:30 p.m. Campbellsville University's Tiger Marching Band will play at 8:45 p.m. and awards will be given at 9 p.m.

The contest is KMEA sanctioned and the seven judges from Kentucky and Tennessee will judge the bands competing.  

Bands will compete in three different classes based on the size of the school's student body.

In Class A, Cumberland County performs at 2:15 p.m., Caverna at 2:30 and Campbellsville at 2:45.

Campbellsville High School's "The Road Less Traveled" show will feature 26 members. Songs include "Fanfare for the Third Planet" by Saucedo, "Dream On" by Aerosmith, "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts, "Gravitas" by Dallas Burke and "Let It Be" by the Beatles.

Competing in Class AA will be LaRue County at 3 p.m., Hart County at 3:15 and followed by Glasgow at 3:30.

Class AAAA includes Marion County, performing at 3:45 p.m., and Southwestern at 4.

In finals competition, each band will perform again to compete with all bands, regardless of class.

The TCHS show, entitled "The Ties That Bind," features 72 members. Songs include "Symphony No. 1" by Samuel Barber, "The Scientist" by Coldplay and "August's Rhapsody" by Mark Mancina.

This year's CU show, entitled "Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone," features 92 members. Songs include "Make His Praise Glorious," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Amazing Grace" and "Ode to Joy."

Admission for the entire contest is $10 for adults, which includes a program. Children ages 6 through 11 will cost $5 and those age 5 and younger will be admitted free. Concessions will be available.

Band Director Stephen Bishop said preparation for the annual invitation begins during the summer. From securing judges, sponsors and advertisers, publicizing, reserving facilities and applying for sanctioning through KMEA, preparation for the invitational keeps band boosters busy.

The invitational is the TCHS band's biggest fundraiser and helps with travel costs, supplies, equipment and instruction, he said.

Bishop said usually more than 1,000 people attend the event.

"It gives us an opportunity to bring other bands to our school and it also is a great fundraiser for us," he said.