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Rockdale bands to perform exhibition

Staff Photos: Erin Evans The marching bands from all three Rockdale County high schools will join together for a special event, the fifth annual Rockdale County Marching Band Exhibition, at 7 p.m. Monday at Charles Evans Memorial Stadium at Heritage High School. Pictured is Heritage High School senior Wesley Guy practiced in trumpet on Thursday morning in preparations for Monday's exhibition. The event is free.

Staff Photos: Erin Evans The marching bands from all three Rockdale County high schools will join together for a special event, the fifth annual Rockdale County Marching Band Exhibition, at 7 p.m. Monday at Charles Evans Memorial Stadium at Heritage High School. Pictured is Heritage High School senior Wesley Guy practiced in trumpet on Thursday morning in preparations for Monday's exhibition. The event is free.

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Salem High School flag corp member Melissa Reed practicing with the rest of the SHS band on the practice field.

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From left, senior Cameron Easley playing the snare, junior Dineke Turner playing the cymbals and senior Shawn McCalmon playing the bass drum during band class at Rockdale County High School on Thursday.

CONYERS -- It's time to hear the sounds of the Rockdale County high school marching bands playing together again for a special event.

For the fifth year, the three high school marching bands will come together for the Rockdale County Marching Band Exhibition.

"(It) is an event where the three high school marching bands in our county perform their shows for the community," said Scott Smith, band director at Heritage High School. "This event is unique because it allows spectators to see all the bands at one time outside of a football game."

This year's event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Charles Evans Memorial Stadium at Heritage High School. Admission is free.

At the event, each school will perform for about 10 minutes.

Heritage will perform its show, All That Jazz. Musical selections include, "All That Jazz," "What a Wonderful World," and "Big Noise," and the show includes several student solos.

Rockdale County High School will perform its show, The End Revealed? It features songs like "The Final Countdown," "It's the End of the World as We Know It" and "Revelation Song."

Salem High School also will perform selections from its show, Urban Pulse: Tonight in the City. It includes the songs "Tempered Steel," "As the Evening Begins," "I Gotta Feeling" and "Tonight."

"We have all been working hard since band camp in July," Smith said.

In addition to being able to play a special show for the community, students will receive feedback from a panel of judges who will evaluate their performances, specifically of the drum line, color guard and drum major.

"This is not a competition, and no scores are given," Smith said. "The judges provide feedback as to the things we are doing well and the things that we need improvement on. It's an important learning tool for the students and is very helpful to the directors as well."

More than 400 students are part of the performances.

"This is a great opportunity for the community to support the band programs in Rockdale County," Smith said. "(The students) work hard every week to prepare these shows so they will appreciate having a good crowd to perform for. If someone is looking for quality entertainment for free, this is an event they should come to."