Emory & Henry College, in partnership with Chilhowie High School, hosted the 62nd annual Apple Festival Band Competition Saturday, Sept. 27.
More than 4,000 people attended the festival, which included performances by 27 high school bands from three states performed. Emory & Henry President Jake Schrum presented the grand champion award to the Tennessee High Marching Band.
Emory & Henry musicians began the event by playing the national anthem. Emory & Henry students greeted musicians and ushered bands from a warm-up area to the field. They also parked busses and provided support and other logistics.
It was a wonderful day to highlight our band program and the college to such a tremendously receptive audience. It was a great experience for both the college students and the high school students that competed.Dr. Matt Frederick E&H Director of Bands
Frederick and Chilhowie band director Logan Childress spearheaded the partnership with hopes that the opportunity helps students appreciate the impact they have on the surrounding community. “Being involved in community endeavors such as this festival are important for the Music Department as well as the College, and being able to celebrate these talented students will be a great experience for everyone,” Frederick said.
The Emory & Henry College Admissions office also will be on hand to help answer questions about how the College’s quality music is combined with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.