Published Friday, November 02, 2012

Newnan's Old South festival Saturday

From Staff Reports

Hundreds of high school band students and families will be in town Saturday as the annual Old South Marching Band Competition returns to Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium.

The 2012 festival brings together 24 competing bands, and exhibition performances by the Jackson State University band and Newnan High School Marching Cats. It is one of the largest Old South festival lineups in recent memory, said Lisa Rand of the high school music department.

The annual event provides fans of Coweta’s local marching bands a chance to see all three in one day. Northgate High School’s Vikings marching band will take the field at 6:50 p.m., and East Coweta’s Indians marching band performs immediately afterward at 7:10 p.m.

Newnan High School’s Marching Cats will perform during an exhibition at 8:10 p.m. Jacksonville State University’s band will follow the Newnan High band during the exhibition. The day’s awards ceremony will be held at 8:55 p.m.

Bands will be traveling from throughout Georgia and from as far away as Kentucky and South Carolina for Saturday’s festival. It kicks off at noon and runs into the evening, ending with the exhibition performances, followed by the awards ceremonies.

Admission is $7 for the day-long festival. Campus area parking at the school on LaGrange Street is free and there will be vendors and food concessions for band students and fans to enjoy between performances. Anyone needing more information may contact Lisa Rand in the Newnan High School Music Department at 770-254-2885.



Saturday at Newnan High’s Drake Stadium

(Band, city, director, performance time)


Henry County High School, McDonough, Thetheus White, noon.

Mary Persons High School, Forsyth, Jim Blanton, 12:15 p.m.

Washington-Wilkes High School, Washington, Jeff Thomas, 12:30 p.m.

Southwestern High School, Somerset, KY, Dan Carpenter, 12:45 p.m.

Pike County High School, Zebulon, Chad Reynolds, 1 p.m.

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Jay Davis/ Jessica Herndon, 1:15 p.m.

BREAK 1:30 p.m.


Sumter High School, Sumter, SC, Marc Kaufman, 1:45 p.m.

East Paulding High School, Dallas, Stephen Hendricks, 2 p.m.

Upson-Lee High School, Thomaston, Jeremy Stanley, 2:15 p.m.

Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, Al Estep/ Marcia Laird, 2:30 p.m.

BREAK 2:45 p.m.


Lithia Springs High School, Lithia Springs, DJ McConnell, 3 p.m.

Rockdale County High School, Conyers, Christopher Coleman, 3:15 p.m.

Cartersville High School, Cartersville, David Snipes/ Michael Elzey, 3:30 p.m.

McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Barbara Baker, 3:45 p.m.

Berkmar High School, Lilburn, Nick Wiebers, 4 p.m.

Roswell High School, Roswell, Marks Adams, 4:15 p.m.

DINNER BREAK 4:30 p.m.


Dalton High School, Dalton, David Henry, 5:30 p.m.

Walnut Grove High School, Loganville, Raymond Diaz, 5:50 p.m.

Habersham Central High School, Mt. Airy, Ryan Dukes, 6:10 p.m.

Milton High School, Milton, Chris Shumick, 6:30 p.m.

Northgate High School, Newnan, Alan Armstrong/ Chris Sink, 6:50 p.m.


East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg, Robert Owens/ Chris Neidhart, 7:10 p.m.

Lassiter High School, Marietta, Alfred Watkins, 7:30 p.m.

North Cobb High School, Kennesaw, Greg Williams/ Scott Pannell     7:50 p.m.


Newnan High School, Newnan, John Erdogan/ Josh Roberts     8:10 p.m.

Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, Ken Bodiford, 8:30 p.m.

AWARDS  8:55 p.m.

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