A-Town contest to draw large crowd to Andy

Published 12:03 am Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Red Level High School marching band perfroms at a previous A-Town Invitational competition. | File photo


Some 6,000 people are expected to flock to Andalusia for Saturday’s A-Town Invitational marching band competition.

This year marks the eighth annual event sponsored by Andalusia High School’s A Sound Tradition marching band and AHS Band Boosters.

This year’s festival will consist of 15 bands, including bands from Florala, Red Level, Opp, Straughn, Headland, Geneva County, Baker, Fla., W.S. Neal, Elba, Foley, Houston County, Zion Chapel and Choctawhatchee, Fla.

A Sound Tradition will close the event with its halftime show.

An awards presentation will start at 8:45 p.m.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the band, our school and our community to shine,” said Frank Shaffer, Band Boosters spokesman. “Mr. Shellhouse and A Sound Tradition would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the festivities.”

Along with the bands providing entertainment, there will be concession stands, funnel cakes, homemade ice cream and much more.

Admission for Saturday’s event is $6, and children 5 and under get in free. The first band will take the field at 1 p.m.

Additionally, the band is seeing Big Money Tickets in which $50 gets a donor three chances to win money prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.

“It’s going to a great cause,” Shaffer said. “They just went and scored all superior ratings at two different band festivals this past weekend. They’re earning the support of all Andalusians.”

Tickets may be purchased at Harold’s Discount Furniture or by calling 334-488-1358.