Band members, left to right, Kaylee Mundy, Eden Hall and Steven Butler. PHOTOS BY SHAWN NOWLIN

On Saturday, October 27, the Blue Ridge Band Regional Competition made its way to the Salem Football Stadium. During the six-hour competition, teams throughout Virginia displayed their talents in front of five judges and thousands of attendees.

The 14 high school bands were broken into five groups: Group 1A – Stuarts Draft, Covington and Altavista; Group 2A – Heritage, Robert E. Lee, Tunstall, Holston and Charlottesville; Group 3A – EC Glass, Franklin County and Brookville; Group 4A – William Byrd and Lord Botetourt; and Group 5A – Jefferson Forest and Salem High.

“This is a competition of high school bands bringing their productions to their fans and supporters.  It is a great opportunity for small, medium and larger band programs to meet and share the art form of music in motion,” said Jody Jones who served as a judge. “The Pride of Salem Marching Band had the second highest score on the day with a Superior Rating. They were extremely impressive from start to finish.”

Photos by Shawn Nowlin
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