Battle of the bands wraps up Labor Day Classic weekend

Battle of the Bands wraps up Labor Day Classic weekend

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - To wrap up their Labor Day Classic week of events, Alabama State University hosted a battle of the bands competition.

High school bands from around the state traveled to ASU to battle it out with music.

"One band plays and another band plays and we just try to beat each other out," said Sidney Lanier High School junior Jamaia Ellington.

The competition gave high school students the chance to watch performances by ASU's marching band as well as performances by other colleges and universities from around the state.

"It actually inspires them to one day pick one of our colleges. If not us, any college to come and march for," said ASU sousaphone section leader Nyaesia Thompson.

"For one, it gives them somebody to look up to. You know a lot of kids that come to colleges, they look at the band especially when they're interested in music, so it's good for recruitment," said ASU's piccolo section leader Kayla Pearson.

However, the event wasn't about winning. In fact, at the end of the competition, there was no winner. It was about friendly competition and encouraging high school students to pursue a career in music, and that's what many of them came to do.

"It's good practice for when I want to go to college and dance. When I see the colleges, I see how I want to be in college and that motivates me," Ellington said.

The event also acted as a fundraiser for the Marching Hornets. They'll be performing in the Parade of Roses in Pasadena.

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