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2009 Bandmasters Championship Set for October 31 University News
For release: July 30, 2009

For press information, contact Greg Nelson, 901-233-1844

The University of Memphis Band Alumni Chapter has set the date for its 2009 high school marching band contest – Saturday, October 31.  Known as The Bandmasters Championship, the competition will be held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, which is also the home of the University of Memphis Tigers football team.

Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for the University of Memphis marching band, the Mighty Sound of the South.

Originally known as The Mid-South Invitational, The Bandmasters Championship began in 1963. The Band Alumni Chapter took on the responsibility for the event in the 1990s and has hosted marching bands from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Alabama. The 2007 and 2008 competitions, with the help of FOX 13, were televised on WKNO-TV Channel 10 a number of times.

 For more information, contact Greg Nelson, sponsorship/communication coordinator, by phone at 901-233-1844 or via email at

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