Among those were director
One by one, the competitors before Burlington's brass ensemble and soloists came and went. When it was their turn Wednesday morning, the group played five different songs.
"Some of them will be duets, trios, solos," Feely said. "My son is playing his first solo."
Feely teaches all bands at Burlington. She will be back in
Nerves might be an issue for some of the fourth-graders who are competing for the first time -- especially at Tri-State, which now is in its 82nd year. Feely was confident, though.
"Nah," she said. "He's going to do great."
Her words of advice for the
"Perform it how we practiced," she said.
Organizers expect 9,500 students to show up over the competition's three days. Some bands are part of the
"This is kind of a big day for them because they're from such a small town," Feely said. "Coming to
The carnival is set up at
"They did a great job. We'll just have to wait for the readings" for specifics, she said. "A lot of them, it was their first time."
Logistically, the competition appeared to be going smoothly on its first day. Back in the Tri-State headquarters, organizers tallied and posted scores while students prepared for the Elementary Honor Band Concert that night.
Tri-State continues tonight with a garage band competition at
Other free events this week include a drum line contest at
The garage band and drum line competitions are in their first year at Tri-State.
Performers will gather Friday at
There are no Saturday events. The marching competition will be held in the fall.
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