Rickards High School Marching Band Goes to California

By: Candace Riley Email
By: Candace Riley Email

A local high school band is set to battle it out in front of thousands of fans, but not in Tallahassee... their next stop - California.

The Rickards High School Marching Band was personally invited to perform a half-time show for VH1's Save the Music: Battle of the Bands.

Rickards was the first Florida band selected out of the 72 that applied.

The eight final schools chosen are required to perform similar formations and rock the crowd with the sounds of Michael Jackson.

"A lot of band may do similar things that our band may be able to do. However, the energy and the style and the Tallahassee flavor will not be matched by any other band that will be represented at that battle of the bands" says Band director Quincy Griffin.

The VH1 Save the Music: Battle of the Bands competition is scheduled for November 17th thru 21st.

All 170 members of the band are invited to attend, including those who are a part of the auxiliary.

Erica Weaver who is a part of the auxiliary says,"We work very hard day in and day out and we just push ourselves to the limit. So, it just feels like its our time to do this."

The grand prize for the winning band is $10,000 to be put back into equipment and other band related expenses.

You can help the Rickards High School Marching Band get to California to compete by making a monetary donation.

There will also be a Gospel Extravaganza at the Rickard High School Auditorium on October 24 with all proceeds going to help fund the trip to California.

For more information on how to make a donate contact band director Quincy Griffin at 850-414-5035.

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