Twenty-three high school bands from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia will compete for the Chancellor’s Award, a glass traveling trophy that is awarded to the grand champion. The highest scoring band from North Carolina will receive the Roll of Honor. Dobyns-Bennett of Kingsport, Tennessee, is the two-time defending Chancellor’s Award winner, while Charlotte’s Ardrey Kell High School was the winner of last year’s Roll of Honor.
The bands will compete in a preliminary/finals format. Eleven bands from North Carolina will compete beginning with Wake Forest at 9 a.m.; Tuscola, 9:30 a.m.; Panther Creek, 11 a.m.; Pisgah, 11:30 a.m.; Cox Mill, 12:30 p.m.; South Caldwell, 12:45 p.m.; Enka, 1:15 p.m.; McDowell, 1:30 p.m.; Enloe, 2:45 p.m.; Green Hope, 3 p.m.; and Ardrey Kell, 3:15 p.m.
Georgia bands are their competition times are Mill Creek, 9:45 a.m.; Allatoona, 10 a.m.; Ola, 10:30 a.m.; Lassiter, 11:15 a.m.; Kennesaw Mountain, 1 p.m.; and Walton, 1:45 p.m.
Farragut is the first Tennessee school to compete at 9:15 a.m., followed by Seymour at 10:45 a.m.; Hardin Valley, 3:30 p.m.; and Dobyns-Bennett, 3:45 p.m.
Competing from South Carolina are Mauldin, 2 p.m.; and James F. Byrnes, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Tournament of Champions are $15 and include the preliminaries and the finals. Groups of 15 or more will receive a discounted price of $12 per ticket. For more ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will perform at 4 p.m. To learn more about the band or to support its upcoming performance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, visit prideofthemountains.com.