High School Bands Will Compete in Bandmasters Championship Oct. 18 at U of M University News
For release: October 7, 2008

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis Band Alumni Chapter will host its annual high school marching band contest, The Bandmasters Championship, Saturday, Oct.18, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.   Twenty-one high school bands from four states will compete for the coveted Grand Champion trophy.  Munford High School was the 2007 Grand Champion winner.

Gates open at 1:30 p.m.; the competition begins at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for students and members of U of M athletic booster clubs. Proceeds from the contest benefit scholarships for the University of Memphis band, the Mighty Sound of the South.

Originally known as The Mid-South Invitational, The Bandmasters Championship began in 1963 at Whitehaven Stadium.  It was held at Crump Stadium through the 1960s and ’70s, and at Halle Stadium in the ’80s. The Band Alumni Chapter took an expanded role in organizing the event in the 1990s, and it moved permanently to the Liberty Bowl after the 1999 contest.

For more information, contact Greg Nelson at 901-233-1844 or gregsnelson1@aol.com

Information also is available online at www.bandmasterschampionship.com

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