All that jazz

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Twenty bands from across Alabama and Northwest Florida – including three from local high schools – will converge on Andalusia Saturday as the Andalusia High School band “A Sound Tradition” hosts the fifth annual A-Town Invitational.

“This is one of the largest band competitions in South Alabama,” said Emily Yehling, AHS band booster member. “It’s an excellent opportunity for the band, our school and our community to shine.”

Yehling said the estimated attendance for this event, including both participants and spectators, is around 6,000 people.

The bands set to compete are: Florala, Red Level, Brantley, Headland, Greenville, Luverne, Opp, Geneva County, Clarke County, Baker, Florida, Saraland, W.S. Neal, Geneva High, Citronelle, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Elba, McGill Toolen, Daleville, Daphne and Foley.

The AHS band will close the event with their jazz-filled half-time show, Yehling said. Awards will be given to the bands around 9:10 p.m.

Along with 21 bands providing entertainment, there will be a concession stand, funnel cakes, homemade ice cream and much more available at the event.

Admission is $5 for the day. Children 5 and under are free. The first band will perform at 12:45 p.m.