The 18th Annual Crystal Coast Band Classic at Havelock High School

Craven County SchoolsThe Havelock High School Instrumental Music Department and the Havelock Band Boosters will host the 18th Annual Crystal Coast Band Classic on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Twenty-two bands, both local and from across North Carolina, will compete for the Grand Champion Trophy. The “Spirit of LR” Marching Band from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, will entertain spectators with exhibition performances at 5:28pm and 10:28pm. The Havelock High School Marching Rams will perform in exhibition at 5:12 pm.

Gates will open at 8:25 am and close at 11pm, with Opening Ceremonies kicking off at 10am. The $8 admission for adults includes a souvenir program. Children 8 years and under will be charged a discounted $5, with no program included. Attendance at the 2017 CCBC was estimated at 2,750 spectators. The 2018 event will have over 1,800 participating students, parents and chaperones and over 250 volunteers.

Havelock High School’s first-rate facilities for the CCBC competition include Rams Stadium’s aluminum bleachers with a large seating capacity, and a press box perched high above the expertly maintained football field.

There will be two awards ceremonies: Preliminaries at 6 pm and Finals at 10:48pm. Preliminary Awards Ceremony: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for General Effect, Music Performance, Visual Performance, Color Guard, Drum Major, Percussion, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Overall Band per class. The bands will be judged in 5 classes – A to AAAAA.

Final Awards Ceremony: Best in General Effect, Music Performance, Visual Performance, Color Guard, Drum Major, Percussion, and Overall Band 1st – 8th place.

CCBC patrons can purchase a wide variety of reasonably-priced refreshments, including Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, pizza, French fries, and Havelock’s finest funnel cakes! Also available will be bottled water, assorted soft drinks, coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of snacks and candy. Additional attractions included a Drumometer station, where patrons can measure how many drumbeats they can play per 30 seconds.

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Submitted by: Jennifer Wagner, Director of Public Relations, Craven County Schools