October 30, 2000

Tri-State Marching Band Competition Coming to UTC

The First Annual University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Tri-State Marching Band Championship is set for Saturday, November 4 at 3 p.m. on Chamberlain Field. It will feature eighteen high school marching bands from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

UTC Director of Athletic Bands and contest director Stuart Benkert says that some of the finest bands in the tri-state area will be participating in this inaugural event.

"We wanted to offer high school programs a service in a festival situation while bringing them on our campus and showing them some of the things UTC has to offer," Benkert said.

Students will perform for exhibition, ratings, and competition. Tickets to the competition are $5 for general admission and $10 for box seats.

"It is our intention to offer this festival every year at around this time. It has already become one of the largest marching band contests in the tri-state area. We hope to develop it into the largest marching band contest in the Southeast," Benkert said.

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