Playin’ in A-Town

Published 10:37 am Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More than 5,000 people attended the sixth annual A-Town Invitational Saturday, Andalusia High School Band Director Bennie Shellhouse said. Monday.

The competition is the bands largest fundraiser for the year and is held each October.

Shellhouse said 18 bands performed.

Local bands participating were Florala’s “Marching Pride” band, Red Level’s “Touch of Class” band, Straughn’s “Sound of Gold” and Opp’s “Marching Black and Gold.”

Florala Band Director Terry Spader said his band walked away with overall superior and won Best in Class 1A in the majorette category.

“I am very proud of our group,” he said. “We had probably the youngest group out there. We have a lot of seventh and eighth graders.”

Red Level Band Director Jack Hall said his band received all superior except for in the color guard category, but received a “1” overall.

“I am absolutely proud of our band,” he said. “We were struggling with the show last week to get it together, and it came together for us.”

Straughn High School Band Booster President Margo Ballard said the band received an overall score of “2,” but did receive superior rating in the drum major, majorettes and percussion categories.

Opp Band Director Randy Hughey said his band received all superior ratings as well as best in Class 2A in the majorettes category.

Overall winners were Wicksburg High School’s The Golden Regiment in Class 1A; Satsuma High School’s Spirit of Satsuma in Class 2A; W.S. Neal High School Marching Eagles in Class 3A; Mary G. Montgomery Marching Band in Class 4A; and Foley High School’s Mighty Band from Lion Land in Class 5A and overall winner.

Shellhouse said money raised would go to new instruments and new uniform pants for the band.

Red Level band members strike up a tune during their performance Saturday.