The marching band event is a tradition that has occurred for more than 20 years, according to Carbon Hill High School Band Parent Association President Sabrina Rabl. Seven bands will be performing this year: Cordova, Curry, Dora, Oakman, Parrish, Sumiton Christian and Carbon Hill high schools.
“Basically, it’s kind of an exhibition for all the bands in the county to get together and perform their shows in front of judges. They’re not really judged, but what they’re given is tapes; the judges make tapes, and it just gives them feedback on their shows,” Rabl said. “... It’s a way for them to get feedback and advice on how to improve their shows before competitions start. It’s great for all the bands to get together, and they get to see each others shows. It’s a great opportunity for all the schools to see all of their shows in the same night at the same place.”
Band students at participating schools are selling armbands for $3 in advance. Those proceeds will go toward the individual schools. However, the cost to attend is $5 at the gate, and that money will go to the host school. That is why the location for the “Night of Bands” is rotated from year to year.
Many people do not know how much practice and preparation goes into each band’s halftime show. Not only do students attend summer band camp, but they also are constantly practicing their routines and drills during and after school throughout the week for hours at a time.
“It takes a great deal of effort and work to get their show on the field,” Rabl said. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to come out and support all of the bands in their areas and show them that the community is there for them.”