Bang on the drum all day: A Central-Coosa drummer performs during the Lake Martin Invitational Saturday. The band recieved an excellent rating at the contest at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex. | Natalie Nettles

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The sweet sound of success

Published 9:16pm Monday, October 4, 2010

Area and state marching bands battle during Lake Martin Invitational

Sixteen bands gathered at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex Saturday for the annual Lake Martin Invitational hosted by the Benjamin Russell High School “Pride of Alexander City” marching band.

The 11th annual marching contest featured performances by all 16 bands before The Pride gave its own exhibition performance.

Central High School’s Marching Cougars got the competition started at 12:40 p.m. as they took to the field to perform “YMCA,” “Play That Funky Music,” “The Hustle” and “Let’s Groove.”

The marching band later received an overall excellent rating during the awards ceremony, and band director Darryl Ingram said the 29-member band enjoyed performing the “Disco Fever” show.

“The biggest enjoyment is being around each other and watching the other bands,” Ingram said. “Why does a football team play a game? To see who wins … the success of doing well builds pride.”

Bands from across the state performed throughout the day before BRHS concluded the performances with its Latin-flavored show.

“Their performance was really great considering my band had been there since 8 or 9 that morning and we had an away football game the night before,” said BRHS band director Dale Bloodworth.

The judges tallied their scores following the performances, and the bands returned to the field for the awards ceremony.

Montevallo High School was awarded Best in Class A; Elmore County High School, Best in Class 2A; Shelby County High School, Best in Class 3A; and Thompson High School, Best in Open Class. In addition, Elmore County High School received the award for “Most Entertaining” band and Anne Davenport from Jemison High School was named “Outstanding Soloist.”

Bloodworth said, overall, the event ran very smooth this year and he would like to thank the students, parents, workers, the city, other bands, and everyone else who helped with the logistics or simply came out to watch the bands’ performances.

“We receive tremendous support from the community to operate this every year,” Bloodworth said. “I’d like to thank everyone who worked in some capacity or came out to help out or watch.”