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Marching bands exhibit halftime shows

It was a marching band’s dream-come-true. No stressful competitions, no loud football fans, and the limelight completely on musicians.

Marching bands from 12 public high schools throughout Knox County performed in exhibition from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, at Farragut High School.

“All the bands had great performances last night,” said Ron Rogers, director of host FHS Marching Admirals Band.. “The fact that no one was competing last night meant that no one was pulling for another team. It was just a great opportunity for the kids.”

A crowd of about 7,000 enjoyed the eclectic performances displayed during the 3rd annual Knox County Band Exhibition, said Sarah Davy, chairperson for the event.

All marching bands performed their regular half time show that is also used in competition throughout the year.

The FHS band was last to step onto the field in exhibition for the night, but its “Ritual Dances” performance was extremely powerful despite a fall by a Sousaphone player who recovered quickly.

“No band is going to have a perfect performance, but it’s the way you recover that makes a great band,” Rogers said.

The FHS band was decked out in orange and yellow costumes as it stepped into its opening position. The band members covered the field extensively and delivered a final roar to conclude its quick steps and theatrical performance.

Without this exhibition some of the Knox County marching bands could possibly never see each other perform because their football teams might not compete against each other during the year, Davy said.

“Everybody shows off what they’ve been working on all year,” said Katie Chenko, a timpani player in the FHS marching band. “I’ve been looking forward to it all week; seeing my friends from Karns [High School] and other bands.”

Bearden High School also presented its performance, “Selections from West Side Story.” The rendition of the popular music was lively and very popular with the crowd.

The majorettes and color guards also performed detailed choreography within every band’s performance. Many of the majorettes used batons lit on fire, adding to the excitement of their routine.

The crowd was not without an appetite during the long exhibition. They consumed more than 500 hamburgers, 85 pizzas and 600 hot dogs, Davey said.

“The hot chocolate is what’s popular tonight,” Davy said. “We purchased twenty gallons and had to go back for more.”

All proceeds during the event, including concession sales, benefited the FHS Admiral Marching Band.

FHS has had a successful competitive season this year, receiving superior rankings in the last two competitions it entered. The most recent competition took place Saturday, Oct. 14, at Daniel Boone High School in Gray.

When competitive season ends and the football teams are finished for the year; that’s when the teaching really begins.

FHS will begin presenting performances by its three different concert bands, which are regarded as some of the top concert bands in the state, Rogers said.

“This is where we think as educators that we can really get our best teaching done,” Rogers said.

“The football field is not exactly the best teaching


The concert program will present one winter concert and two more concerts in the spring, Rogers said.

For more information about the FHS Admiral Marching Band, visit Sound clips of the band can be found there as well.

If you would like to purchase a DVD of the Knox County Band Exhibition, call HP Video at 865-523-1073 or e-mail Erik Hutson at DVDs are $10.

The show will also be aired on Comcast Channel 10 and Comcast On Demand, Hutson said.


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