Daylong marching band contest Oct. 16 at WCU

Approximately 3,500 students from 23 high schools will compete for top marching band honors during a daylong competition Saturday, Oct. 16, at Western Carolina University. The 10th annual Tournament of Champions, a showcase for elite high school marching bands, will begin with a preliminary session at 9 a.m. at E.J. Whitmire Stadium. The top 10 advancing bands will be announced at 4:30 p.m., and the evening session will begin at 7 p.m., with finalists competing for the grand champion Chancellor’s Trophy. For more information call 828.227.2259 or go online to

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