For the second consecutive year, Emory & Henry College has partnered with Chilhowie band organizations to host the annual Apple Festival Band Competition, a major music event that attracts more than 2,000 spectators and 1,400 musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.
The 63rd annual event, which was held Sept. 26, was hosted by Emory & Henry, the Chilhowie High School Band and the Chilhowie High School Band Boosters.
The competition featured 25 marching band performances, including an exhibition performance by the Emory & Henry Marching Band. More than 200 music educators from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee attended the competition. Bands as far away as Knoxville, Tenn. and Radford, Va., were in attendance at the event.
This marks the second year of sustained visiting band attendance, aided by band programs that return to compete at Chilhowie year after year. Each year, organizers focus on creating a highly enjoyable experience for the attending students and directors, an effort which they directly attribute to the continued enrollment and growth of the competition.
The Sullivan South High School Band from Kingsport, Tenn. was awarded the prestigious Pat Miller Championship Cup, which is presented to the band with the highest overall score of the day. The band, which is under the direction of Kenneth Carrico, competed with the music, “Sea to Shining Sea.”
The award was presented by Dr. Mike Robinson, Smyth County schools superintendent; Dr. Matt Frederick, Emory & Henry director of bands, and Mr. Mike Sturgill, Chilhowie High School principal.
Next year's competition will take place on Sept. 24.