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"Night of the Bands" in Tallassee this week

By Michael Butler

The annual "Night of Bands" will be at Tallassee's J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 21. Performances begin at 6:00.

Tallassee's Pride of Tallassee will be featured along with marching bands from Holtville, Elmore County, Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High Schools.

"It's not necessarily a 'battle'," Tallassee High School Band Director Robby Glassock said. "We're there for more of an educational standpoint. We're about to enter into our second phase of the football season. This is our competition season. We'll have some judges from the area who are coming to make comments based on our performances, so that we are prepared for the contest season."

In addition to high school bands, Huntingdon College's Marching Scarlet and Grey will also perform.

Tallassee has 29 seniors marching in a band of 89.

"We have good leadership in the band," Glasscock added. "We're going to miss them next year."

One of those seniors is Elizabeth Stillwell, a trumpet player and section leader.

Elizabeth Stillwell and Trace Bush on the air at WTLS with CW Mullins in the background

"I'm excited," Stillwell said of the Night of Bands, "a little nervous because of judges, but I think it will be good."

Trace Bush is a junior section leader, who also plays trumpet. "It'll really be fun having all the other schools there," he said. "I have friends from some of the neighboring schools. It'll be good to see them."

Proceeds benefit the band programs of Elmore County.

"It is a fundraiser not just for us, but all the schools in Elmore County," Glasscock noted. "We split the concession stand money and ticket sales between all the bands, so please come out and support all the students."

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