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Wilson High School will host 14 marching bands in competition

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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:40 am

Ah yes, the stirring cadence of a drum line followed by full-bodied horns, woodwinds, and the vibrant choreography of color guard … that’s the stuff … especially on an early autumn evening.

Don’t just imagine it — enjoy it live when 14 marching bands converge to march to the beat of their own drum lines on Saturday, Sept. 29, at The Sound Panorama, Tournament of Bands.

Sponsored by the Wilson Music Promoters, the event will begin at 6 p.m. at Wilson’s John Gurski Stadium [Wilson’s football stadium], 2601 Grandview Blvd., West Lawn.

Tickets will be available at the gate; $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children.

The field show competition will showcase 13 area high school marching bands.

As the host school, Wilson’s marching band will perform in exhibition. The show will finish with a special collegiate exhibition performance by Shippensburg University.

Tournament of Band judges will judge competitive band performances.

Trophies will be awarded in each category at the end of the event, following the presentation of colors and the National Anthem.

David Cooper, Wilson Band director, believes this to be the largest Sound Panorama assembled in the last 45 years.

Asked why he thought there was such a big turnout this year, he was quick to reply.

“We have excellent facilities, our district is very supportive of the event, and the music promoters do and excellent job running it.”

The most challenging part of the show for Cooper is assuring that everything is organized to accommodate so many performing groups.

What he values from his efforts is “seeing our kids have such a positive experience watching all of these bands performing on their home field, and then getting to perform in front of the home crowd at the end.”

Joe Milazzo is Panorama’s volunteer chairman for the first time this year, having volunteered in concessions and main-gate security for the past three.

“The chairperson role become vacant this year,” Milazzo said, “and I have a Wilson High School Junior currently in the marching band, and a Wilson Middle School sixth grader who will eventually be in the marching band. I felt that I could provide several years of continuous service to the Wilson Music Promoters for this event.”

The most challenging part of his new role, Milazzo said, has been grasping and understanding all that is involved in organizing an event this size.

The good news is that the Music Promoters is a very active group and Milazzo has more than a dozen volunteers to help plan various parts of the event and several dozen more volunteers to help out on the day of the event.

And as for concessions, a wide variety of food and drink will be available for late dinner and snacks including the wildly popular “walking tacos,” Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, Italian subs, pizza, hot dogs, nachos, beef barbeque sandwiches, snack bags, favorite candies, home-made baked goods, and beverages.

The Wilson Music Promoters, formerly the Wilson Music Boosters, is a not-for-profit organization made up of parent volunteers.

Sound Panorama is the first of four major events the promoters host throughout the year, Promoter’s President Keith Roberts said.

Proceeds from these events are used to support all of the music programs in the Wilson School District all year long. Promoters provide food and drink for students and staff, equipment, props, insurance, consulting fees for staff and other supplies not covered under the district budget.”

The Wilson Music Promoters welcome all for this evening of music and family fun! For more information about Sound Panorama and Tournament of Bands or any other Wilson Music Promoters events, please visit

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