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High School bands turn up the heat at regional battle of the bands

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Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 7:34pm

High school bands from around the state and Gulf Coast took part in the Southern Regional High School National Championship on Southern University campus Sunday.

When the sun began to go down on A.W. Mumford stadium the music began to go up. Hundreds of high school music fans filled the stands trying to get a glimpse of their favorite school perform.

"It's just the crowd just being pumped up being geared up seeing the bands perform," said Amite High School Band fan Gilda Moore.

Each band stepped on the field with in it's signature style.

Students like Donaldsonville High School drum major Ronald Moore says the first step to a good performance shaking off the nerves before taking center stage.

"At first it's an adrenaline rush," said Comeaux. "It's a little amp after doing it for a lot of years you get used to the fans. "

"It's all about competition," said Moore. "Let's see who can beat who. "

Bands from across the area have to do more than play music. They have to win over the crowd and that takes one thing personality.

"Character, character, character is what makes a band be a band," said Moore.

"We have to come with a lot of entergy entertain our fans," said Comeaux. "Make sure we sound good number one, and just put on a good show."

Comeaux says the battle does more than drum up competition. It can also help open doors for the musicians futures.

"It gets us seen to a larger audience, and it opens most of our band members eyes to different opportunities, " said Comeaux.

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