Published Friday, November 09, 2012

Old South draws 24 bands, more than 2,300 students

From Staff Reports

The Lassiter High School Band from Marietta took first place band honors at Saturday’s Old South Marching Festival at Newnan High School.

It was the largest Old South in recent years, said Newnan High and Band Booster officials.

Twenty-four bands participated, bringing more than 2,300 band students alone, not to mention the crowds of family and friends they brought with them.

Both the East Coweta and Northgate high school bands participated, so the county public high schools were completely represented. The Newnan Marching Cats performed their exhibition show as host band after the competition.

But the big treat was an exhibition at the end of the night by Jacksonville State University’s Marching Southerners.

Among their members were many Newnan High alumni.

The show on the theme of “I’ll Fly Away” honored members of America’s Air Force, with a group of color guard members wearing “Top Gun” flight suits.

(To view photos from the Old South Band Festival, visit and click on Events / Newnan for the Photo Gallery).

The awards included:

Overall Drum Major - Third Place, McIntosh, Peachtree City; Second Place, Northgate; First Place, Milton.

Overall Majorette - Third Place, N/A; Second Place, Washington-Wilkes; First Place, Walnut Grove.

Overall Drill Team - Third Place, N/A; Second Place, N/A; First Place, Mary Persons, Forsyth.

Overall Color Guard - Third Place, N/A; Second Place, Milton; First Place, East Coweta.

Overall Percussion - Third Place, Pike County; Second Place, East Coweta; First Place, Milton.

Overall Band - Third Place, Milton; Second Place, North Cobb; First Place, Lassiter.

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