Band pic

Photo by STEVEN MARSH

Franklin County freshman Janet Ortiz-Santiago, who plays the flute in the marching band, awaits instructions from a drum major following the band’s performance of the National Anthem prior to kickoff of the Eagles’ homecoming football game against Hidden Valley at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

The 33rd annual Franklin County Band Classic steps off in C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon and 11 high school marching bands are scheduled to perform.

The competition begins at 5 p.m. and is expected to last more than three hours. An awards’ ceremony closes the show at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Tickets are $10, and concessions will be on sale.

Bassett, last year’s grand champion, is not competing, nor is past grand champion Salem.

There are four competitive classes: A, AA, AAA and AAAA.

Bands from Heritage-Lynchburg, Covington and William Campbell are in class A.

Bands from Patrick Henry-Roanoke and Tunstall are in class AA

Bands from Blacksburg, Floyd County and Radford are in class AAA

Bands from Lord Botetourt and Northwest Guilford (North Carolina) are in class AAAA

Franklin County is slated to perform its competition show in exhibition at 8:30 p.m. The Eagles will be evaluated by the show’s judges, but not for scoring purposes.

Franklin County placed first in class AAA in recent competition hosted by Salem.

After Saturday, the band is scheduled to take part in competitions at Bassett and at Northwest Guilford near Greensboro.

Franklin County’s band is led by first-year director Rocky Ankeny. He is the fourth director to steer the band in the classic. Included in that quartet is retired director Carlton Wilkes for whom the high school’s band facility is named.

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