For 56 years, Cary Band Day has celebrated the best of high school marching bands, growing into a daylong competition with schools represented from all over North Carolina – and – Virginia with a host of awards given out.
Saturday, 41 schools performed at Cary High School and were judged in a variety of categories, from best drum line and bass line to best overall performance and visual effect. Some trophies were awarded in memory of former marching band members. Cary, the host team, performed, but wasn’t judged. N.C. State University also sent a band for an exhibition peformance.
The music doesn’t wind down until late at night, but it’s still a rush for Sandi Williams, the event’s chairwoman for the past 26 years. She enjoys that the event has become such a tradition that attracts former band members, too. “It’s just a great feeling,” she said. “I’m always amazed each year when the day is over how well it’s gone and all the great shows we’ve seen.
“It’s great to see a band that starts really small and grows and evolves and becomes a band that does win trophies,” she said. “It’s really rewarding.”