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band_fest4Orange Walk was the center of attraction over the weekend, as thousands of Belizeans from all over the country made the trip to “Sugar City” to witness Bandfest 2011. The much advertised and anticipated event had the participation of over 14 marching bands from all over the country, all bringing their A-game in their quest to be recognized as the best of the best. Here are some of the highlights.

Yari Catzim – Reporting

Bandfest 2011 kicked off with a parade through the main streets of town. It was a celebration of color, rhythm, talent and passion and spirits were high as participants headed for the People’s Stadium for the main event.

Orange Walk’s own Central Drum Corp joined other groups including the Uprising Drum Corp, St. Luke’s Methodist Marching Band, Stella Maris School Marching Band, Futuristic Marching Band and Holy Redeemer Marching Band, among others.

After the parade it was time for the individual marching band performances. Each performance represented months of practice and dedication as each group did its best to wow the audience.

At the end of the day Succotz Festival Drum Corp won for the best band with wind instruments, while the second place winner was Corozal Community College and third place went to Mount Carmel Marching Band. In the Drum Corps category Holy Redeemer Marching Band took first prize while second place went to Sarteneja United Marching Band and third place was won by Uprising Drum Corp. The prize for the most popular band went to CCC while Succotz won for best uniforms and St. Luke’s Methodist won for the best drum-line.

The event ended at around 7:00pm on Saturday. We take this opportunity to commend all groups which participated.

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