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High Schools Bands Will Compete in U of M's Bandmasters Championship Oct. 23 University News
For release: October 18, 2010

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The University of Memphis Band Alumni Chapter will host its annual high school marching band contest, the Bandmasters Championship, Saturday, Oct. 23. The contest will be held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, the home of the University of Memphis Tiger football team. Gates open at 11 a.m.

The competition will run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; the University of Memphis Band will march in exhibition at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the contest benefit scholarships for “The Mighty Sound of the South” at the U of M.

Originally known as The Mid-South Invitational, The Bandmasters Championship began in 1963. In the 1990s, the Band Alumni Chapter took on the responsibility for the event, which has hosted marching bands from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri. This year’s competition will feature 28 high school bands, including 2009 Grand Champion Munford High School from Munford, Tenn.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children aged 6 and under are admitted free.

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