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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Cary Band Day

Posted October 24, 2008 5:50 a.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2008 7:52 a.m. EDT

If you were a band member in school what instrument did you play and what drew you to that instrument? Also, what are your favorite band memories? Please share your thoughts on these questions.

As you think about these things let's talk about one of the premiere band events in the Southeast. Cary Band Day kicks off with a huge parade November 1st emceed by legendary WRAL news anchor Charlie Gaddy. The field of bands participating in this colorful celebration of music is larger than ever. More than 35 bands will compete for prizes in the 50th edition of Cary Band Day.

Publicist Stan Hill says other highlights include the East Carolina University Marching Band. The Marching Pirates will perform in exhibition during the field show portion of Cary Band Day.

Also, The Cary High Marching Band will perform in exhibition during the field show portion of their show "Traditions" which is a tribute to past and present marching bands complete with wardrobe changes from yesteryear to present day.

What instrument did I play? Well, I started with the cornet in the fifth grade, transitioned to baritone and finished up with the tuba in middle school. Yes, Greg Fishel and I do have something in common!