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Musicians tune up for band showcase

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Maniya Branch, 16, plays the flute during band practice Thursday to prepare for the Nash County Marching Band Showcase at Northern Nash High School. The showcase will be held Saturday at Northern Nash High School.

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By PHILIP SAYBLACK
Staff Writer

Friday, September 22, 2017

Nash County’s high school marching bands will join together Saturday for the first time ever to put their talents on display during a special fundraising event.

The bands — from Northern Nash High, Rocky Mount High, Nash Central High and Southern Nash High — will present a Band Showcase at Northern Nash High School to raise money for the schools’ band programs.

Tammy Rundle, Band Showcase chairwoman, said that along with being a fundraiser for the band programs, Saturday’s event also is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of the schools’ band programs.

“These students are so incredibly talented,” Rundle said. “We are trying to showcase that talent from each of the students. Everybody works together in these bands to promote something awesome.”

Rundle said talks about the event started more than a year ago and that official planning started in March after it was approved by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education. She added support for the event has been strong both from the schools and community.

“We’ve had good support as far as ad push for the event,” Rundle said. “The alumni are excited about it. The students and band directors are excited about it, too. There is a lot of enthusiasm around it.”

Rundle said Saturday’s event is a band showcase and not a competition but did added that there has been consideration about the possibility of developing a marching band competition in the future. Whether or not that consideration would lead to anything is unknown, Rundle said.

Gates open for Saturday’s event at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Middle school students and younger will be admitted free.

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