Old South Competition continues tradition

by Celia Shortt

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East Coweta High School performs during the Old South Marching Festival at Drake Stadium. Twenty-two bands and 2,168 performers were involved in the competition on Nov 2. 


A three decade strong Newnan High School Band tradition continued this month with the 34th annual Old South Marching Festival and Competition on Nov 2 at Drake Stadium.

“Old South has become a great tradition for Newnan High School,” said Director of Bands for Newnan High School John Erdogan. “It really is a fun, energy-filled, festival type atmosphere. Our students, staff and parents work hard to make Old South an exciting day.”

“It’s a big community event,” he added. “People look forward to it every year.” Old South is sponsored by the NHS Band Boosters, with all the proceeds going to the NHS Band. It is, in fact, the band’s major fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from this year’s competition will go toward new uniforms for the band. Preparation for this event began months ago as the band boosters scheduled vendors, designed programs, organized judges and trophies, ordered supplies for the concession stand, and made sure many other elements of the competition were ready.

The day of the competition more than 200 volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure everything went smoothly and was taken care of. They arrived early to set up supplies, concessions, awards and all the other supplies that would be utilized during the competition. Throughout the competition, 22 bands, made up of 2,168 performers, displayed their skills as marching bands. After all had performed, the NHS marching band gave an exhibition performance that showcased their skills and accomplishments from this school year.

The hard work of everyone paid off as Lassiter High School from Marietta was named the Overall Winner of the competition. Old South was also a success as NHS band made money for their new uniforms.

“Thank you to students, parents, and everyone who helped,” said Associate Director of Bands at Newnan High School Josh Roberts. “(Old South) would not have been possible without it.”





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