Old South Competition continues tradition

by Celia Shortt

alt

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.”





More Education

Teacher in Focus: Dwight McDaniel

Dwight McDaniel has been teaching for 18 years. This year is his third in Coweta County, where he teaches fifth grade at Poplar Road Element ... Read More


Education Briefs

Kelley earns degree at Troy U Vivian Kelley of Newnan has graduated from Troy University in Alabama during the summer 2014 semester with a D ... Read More


Area students excel at Skills USA

Students from Coweta County and the local area competed in the SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City from June 23-27. Central Educational Cen ... Read More


Teacher in Focus: Monica Lovett

Monica Lovett is the second and third grade behavioral support teacher at Northside Elementary School in Newnan. This year is her 16th as a ... Read More


Coweta Special Olympics volunteers honored

Two Coweta County Special Olympics volunteers were recently named outstanding youth volunteers by the Special Olympics of Georgia. Tara and ... Read More

Education Briefs

Locals named to Oxford Merit List The following area students were named to the Merit List of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts divi ... Read More