Twenty-two high school bands to take the field on Saturday

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 05:06 PM.

“Dreams is more straight-forward,” Wafford said. “Everyone understands it. Everyone has nightmares.”

This year’s band classic will feature 22 high school bands from throughout the region. The competition includes Craven County bands such as West Craven and New Bern, Carteret County bands from West Carteret, Croatan and East Carteret, a number of bands from Onslow County, and others from as far away as Raleigh.

“I think it’s one of the biggest competitions,” Wafford said of the 12th annual classic, which serves as the final competition for many high school bands. “Everyone wants to come. A lot of bands want to come because it’s such a big deal. I think it’s something a lot of bands look forward to because it is so competitive. A lot of the better bands come to this competition.”

Gates open for the event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for the preliminary round where each band takes the field at Havelock High. After preliminaries, the Havelock band will take the field for its exhibition performance at 5:25 p.m. After that and the preliminary awards ceremony, the highest scoring bands in each size classification will take the field for a finals performance to determine the competition’s grand champion beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“For the audience, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Havelock band director Jorge Benitez said of the format. “Some just come in to see the finals because they see the top eight shows, which are always really amazing.”

Benitez said the competition will feature all types of music, from Elvis Presley, to 1950s music, to classical.

“We’re really excited about all the different groups that are here,” Benitez said. “They’ve got all kinds of different shows. It’s going to be a wide variety of stuff for people to listen to.”

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