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Field belonged to music and marches Saturday

The Crisp County High School Marching Cougars band takes the field Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium for a turn to display its marching and playing prowess at the Georgia Music Educators Association Marching Jamboree.

The Crisp County High School Marching Cougars band takes the field Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium for a turn to display its marching and playing prowess at the Georgia Music Educators Association Marching Jamboree.

ALBANY, Ga. — Anyone who goes for popcorn or a hot dog at a football game halftime show doesn’t know what they are missing.

Thirteen high school bands and bands from Albany State and Valdosta State universities provided music, marching and excitement from their repertoire Saturday between noon and 5 p.m. at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Hearing the bands and watching the marching at the yearly Georgia Music Educators Association District 2 “Marching Jamboree” proved a hit for parents.

“They put on such a warm special colorful program,” said Selena Blakely, mother of Albany High School tuba player Christopher Hill. “With music education programs being cut at the schools it is just wonderful to see what they can do.”

The bands were the main attraction on the field. The musicians caught the spotlight and gave the energy to their audience.

“This is a chance for the bands to play in a more intimate setting with no one going out of the stands for half-time drinks,” said Trevor Baxter, Albany High’s band director. “We gave our half-time show and it was clear the main attraction was us.

The event rotates among the counties in District 2, said Eartha Watkins, a Dougherty County music educator and the chair of the event. Anyone who missed this year’s show can come back next year; each district member gets two years to host.

“This is good because it shows that music is important to the students,” Watkins said. “Music education is good for the students.”