Bands ready to put on a Classic at Havelock High

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Havelock band colorguard member Ashley Buffa performs at halftime of a recent football game. The band is scheduled to host its annual Crystal Coast Band Classic on Saturday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 03:22 PM.

Saturday’s Crystal Coast Band Classic at Havelock High is the final stop for many high school bands on the competition circuit. And that means they all want to end their seasons with a victory.

“For most bands, this is the last competition,” said Jorge Benitez, band director at Havelock High. “All of them are using this as their last show and want to do well.”

The band competition, now in its 13th year, is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. with 23 high school bands scheduled to take the field. Preliminaries run through 5:15 p.m. with preliminary awards at 5:45 p.m. The finals, in which the top eight bands perform a second time to crown the competition’s grand champion, are scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

“I think what most people look forward to seeing is those top eight bands after those prelims,” Benitez said. “That’s a selling point.”

Bands are judged on general effect, music performance and visual performance, among other categories. Benitez said the competition will feature some of best bands in the state, including those from Band of America events.

“There’s probably five or six bands that are in the BOA circuit that are performing,” he said. “It’s really good quality bands that will be here.”

And those bands will play a variety of music. Benitez said shows will include such themes as Amadeus, Alice in Wonderland, the Barber of Seville and even a Hope for a Cure.

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