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18 bands to compete in Little Big Horn

This weekend, more than 4,000 people are expected to make their way to Opp for the annual Little Big Horn band competition.

Straughn High School’s Seryna Phillips plays the snare drum Friday night. SHS will perform Saturday at Little Big Horn.

Straughn High School’s Seryna Phillips plays the snare drum Friday night. SHS will perform Saturday at Little Big Horn.

The competition is in its 35th year, and is the biggest fundraiser for the Opp High School band.

Eighteen bands will compete this Saturday in competition.

Competitors include Red Level, Florala, Straughn and Andalusia high schools, locally. Additionally, Kinston, Monroe County, Brantley, Washington County, Escambia County, Dale County, Satsuma, Flomaton, Elba, T.R. Miller, Robertsdale, Daleville, Andalusia, Daphne and Davidson high schools will participate.

“This is our 35th annual Little Big Horn,” said Band Booster Sherry Bledsoe. “This is our largest fundraiser for the band. It’s the heartbeat of the Opp Marching Black and Gold. The support of our city leaders, Opp City School Board, businesses, citizens and family and friends of the band is what keeps Little Big Horn alive. We are so grateful for the support we have received this year. We believe this is going to be one of our best years yet.”

Gates open at 11:30 and the first band takes the field at 12:30 p.m.

Kinston will take the field at 12:30 p.m.; Red Level at 12:45; Florala at 1; Brantley at 1:45; Straughn will play at 3:30 p.m.; Elba at 4; and Andalusia at 7.

Opp will perform in exhibition at 8:20 p.m., and awards will follow at 8:30 p.m.

Band Boosters typically net $6,000 in profits, give away some $3,000 in trophies and spend $2,500 on judges.