Cairo- Cairo High School is hosting Bandfest this week. It's an event band directors and students look forward to all year.
40 bands from across our region are bringing their best to Cairo High School. Students say the standards have to be high to raise the bar for next year. The same goes for their band directors. "There's some pressure there. But just like the SAT helps inspire us to work harder, band fest helps us as musicians," says Vice-Chairman Johnny Folsom.
The festival is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association. Each band is judged from superior to poor. But the adjudicators stress there are no winners. "It's not like a competition between bands. It's a quality event for students to get good input on how they perform," says Head Adjudicator Rudy Wilson.
Directors describe it as an annual checkup. The bands prepare all year to shine for 15 minutes. "We're trying to do our best to impress the judges and get a one. That's the highest score," says participant James Pratt Jr. "We need to get down to business and we need to do what we're supposed to do," adds participant Angel Edwards.
Getting down to business wasn't a problem for these bands. Judges say they're the best of the best of what our region's schools have to offer. "They're doing some good work, have some good directors. And there's a lot of good things happening here," says Wilson. That's a compliment to South Georgia theses bands can take with them long after the curtain closes.
The judges and directors say it's important to evaluate these bands so toughly because they're the future of music. Many of these students could go on to play in professional civic organizations.