Five marching bands to strut for constructive criticism

In this Oct. 12 file photo, members of the Gainesville High School marching band perform in the preliminary round of the 2013 Southern Showcase of Champions Marching Band Invitational at Santa Fe High School. GHS is one of five local schools sending bands to compete in Williston on Saturday.

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Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.

Five Alachua County marching bands will perform Saturday in the 2013 Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Band Assessment at Williston High School.

The Newberry High School Band of Pride, Gainesville High School Hurricane Marching Band, Eastside High School Marching Ram Band, Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment and P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Blue Wave Band will join nine other bands from around the region in the annual event.

A panel of judges will give each band a rating, which is part of the Florida Bandmasters Association's evaluation to help bands and their directors improve.

“It's not a competition; it's an evaluative event,” said Lori Pirzer, district secretary for the Florida Bandmasters Association. The primary focus is constructive criticism, she said.

Each band will perform its full show and receive a rating of superior, excellent, good, fair or poor by a panel of professional judges.

Ratings are announced at the end of the event, although no winner is named. Each band receives comments from the judges.

The event is open to the public, and ticket sales help offset the cost of other performance assessments.

Performances begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Williston High School's football stadium.

Tickets cost $10.

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