Thousands Flock to Dothan for Band Competition

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

Music will fill the air Friday for the 6th Annual Southern Showcase.

More than 30 high school marching bands from across the tri-state area are heading to Dothan to see who's group beats out the rest.

News 4's Demetria McClenton has more on the competition.

It's one of the biggest and loudest contests in the area.

“We have been working our tails off,” said Northview High School’s Band Director Joseph Aguilar.

They're not the only ones.

They're teaming up with Dothan High School's band to host this music competition.

“We have 3 band judges. These kids have done a lot to get prepared for these contests,” said Aguilar.

31 bands are coming from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

They've been marching to the beat, hitting the right notes, and marking field positions since July.

“To see high school kids give their all in performances is a great thing,” said Dothan High School’s Band Director Steve McLendon.

It takes up to $30,000 to put on the competition.

Despite the rivalry between the two Dothan hosts.

“We split it 50-50 with all the profit. Last year we made almost $10,000 each,” said McLendon.

The band competition is both a win-win for Dothan City schools and the city of Dothan.

Area businesses like restaurants and hotels look to reap the benefits of the competition.

They can stand to earn thousands of dollars.

“A lot of bands will come in and go to the mall and let their students have a break,” said McLendon.

Whether you're in the mood for jazz or you want to hear the classics, the Southern Showcase has it all for you.

“This is a good morale booster for them to come and perform,” said Aguilar.

The money the Dothan high schools receive goes towards uniforms, band repairs, equipment, and transportation.

The first band hits the field at 11:00 am at the Rip Hewes Stadium.

Tickets are $6.00.

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