On behalf of the Rome Band Boosters and the Rome City School Bands, we are happy that you and your band are participating in the 42nd Annual Peach State Marching Competition. Ours is the oldest continuously run marching competition in the state and we are glad you have chosen to be a part of it this year!
The 42nd Annual Peach State Marching Festival will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the historic Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia. Peach State is the oldest continuously running marching band festival in Georgia. Thirty two bands will be competing in the event. The Rome Middle School Band and the Rome High School "Sound of the Seven Hills" Marching Band will perform during the event as exhibition bands. The "Marching Southerners" from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama will cap off the entertainment in the evening when they perform at 10:00 P.M.
The activities will begin at 10:00 A.M. with the presentation of the colors by the Rome High School Air Force ROTC Honor Guard and the national anthem. The Marist High School Band will begin the festival portion of the event at 10:15 A.M. Festival judging is based on a qualitative scoring system. Four bands will perform for the judges. Presentation of awards for the festival portion will begin at 11:15 A.M.
The competition portion of the event will begin at 11:30 A.M. Thirty two bands will showcase their marching and playing abilities for the judges during the afternoon and into the evening. They will be judged on a numeric scoring system by the judging panel. Band sizes range from around 50 students to over 200 students. The number of instruments in a band determines its classification.
The Rome Middle School Band will perform at 4:15 P.M.
The Rome High School "Sound of the Seven Hills" Marching Band is scheduled to perform at 9:40 P.M. in exhibition since the host band is not eligible for judging.
The Jacksonville State University" Marching Southerners" will highlight the activities when they perform at10:00 P.M.
Awards will be presented after the “Marching Southerners” performance concludes.
Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults. Hand stamps will be available to allow spectators to leave the event and return later.