Oct. 1, the seventh annual Providence Cup marching band competition will showcase bands from throughout the region. Local high school marching bands will compete in four classes.
The event, which named Fort Mill High School grand champion last year, quickly has become one of the state's premier marching band competitions and will feature bands from nearly 20 area schools.
Nine judges will score each band in categories including music effect, visual performance, visual effect, color guard and percussion.
"Bands can get a quality recording of their performance from the high vantage point to help them work on their show for future performances," said Paul Jackson, Providence High School's director of bands. "We also have a great judging panel of local band directors that are some of the best and brightest in the field."
Jackson also said the proximity of Providence High School to Interstate 485 makes it an ideal location for the competition.
"We have a great facility at Providence. The stadium has the largest seating capacity of any of the stadiums in Mecklenburg," Jackson said.
To be eligible, each member of the marching band must sell a $60 business ad in the Providence Cup program.
All proceeds from the sale of programs go to the Providence High marching band.
The competition last year featured 12 schools. The winners included Indian Land from Class A, Mount Pleasant from Class AA and Ardrey Kell from Class AAA. The Class AAAA and overall championship went to Fort Mill.
At least 17 bands are scheduled to compete this year.