Bring on the bands: Lowcountry Invitational Marching Festival this Saturday

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

The Lowcountry Invitational Marching Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Wando Hiogh School stadium from 3 to 8:45 p.m. PHOTOS PROVIDED


On Saturday, Oct. 5, Mount Pleasant will once again welcome marching bands from around the Lowcountry and the southeast for the annual Lowcountry Invitational (LCI) Marching Festival to be held at the Wando High School Stadium on Mathis Ferry Road. The Bands of Wando Boosters sponsors this annual event that provides a national-level music education and adjudication experience for more than 1,500 musicians and visual artists. These young performance artists will be judged by some of the best music and visual educators in North America, and spectators will be entertained by music, pageantry and choreography as 14 bands are scheduled to compete.

Of course, concessions will be plentiful including the standard fare of hotdogs and hamburgers, but also featuring food from local restaurants offered at reasonable prices for the entire family to enjoy. Other areas of interest include “Vicki’s Village,” which will offer marching-band themed items such as jewelry and T-shirts. Another guaranteed popular area will be “The Fastest Drummer” competition. Plenty of directed parking will be available and assistance as well for those who need it.

Following the competition, eight-time 5A State Marching Band Champions, the Wando High School Marching Band, will perform in exhibition mode this year’s show entitled, “It’s All WRIGHT.””

The 2013 LCI coordinators are Donovan and Vickie Powell who are also the president-elect(s) for the Bands of Wando Boosters. Scott Rush is the Director of the Bands of Wando.

If you go

WHAT: Lowcountry Invitational Marching Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5; Gates Open at 1:30 p.m. Competition begins at 3 p.m.; Awards at 8:45 p.m.

WHERE: Wando High School Stadium, Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant

ADMISSION: Adults $8 and includes program; Students $5; children under 4 are free. Cario, Laing and Moultrie band students who wear their band shirts admitted free.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.wandobands.org. or call Rebecca Imholz, LCI publicity at 693-0537.

Class A bands

Berkeley: 3 p.m.

Bamberg-Earhardt: 3:15 p.m.

Class AA bands

Pendleton: 3:45 p.m.

Waccamaw: 4 p.m.

Class AAA bands

Hanahan: 4:30 p.m.

James Island: 4:45 p.m.

Cane Bay: 5 p.m.

Class AAAA bands

West Ashley: 5:30 p.m.

Colleton County: 5:45 p.m.

Fort Dorchester: 6 p.m.

Blythewood: 6:15 p.m.

Class AAAAA bands

Ashley Ridge: 7:30 p.m.

Summerville: 7:45 p.m.

Fort Mill: 8 p.m.

Wando exhibition: 8:15 p.m.

Awards: 8:45 p.m.

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