The 28th annual Blue Devil Invitational on Saturday will feature 19 bands from across Middle Tennessee in competition.
The event will be throughout the day at Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Lebanon band.
“We have an excellent reputation in the mid-state area for producing a high quality and well-organized competition,” said Stacy Fellman, band historian. “We are able to do this with the support of the administration and parents but most of all local business and community donations.”
The event is a reverse division competition with larger bands playing first to allow them to watch and cheer for the smaller bands.
There’s also a special challenge for the bands in support of the American Heart Association. In 2006, a student from Richland High School with a pre-existing heart condition died at the competition after a performance. In his memory, donations are collected throughout the day.
“We track the donations by school and award a spirit trophy to the school that donates the most money,” Fellman said. “We forward the donation to American Heart Association.
The competition starts at 12:30 p.m., and the Lebanon High School marching band will close the evening in an exhibition performance. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children.