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Band performances provide must-see TV on Channel 21

Marching Band Fanfare

Marching band performances provide must-see TV on Channel 21

Are you looking for some must-see TV?  Then, make sure to tune in to Spectrum Channel 21 for the 2021 Gaston County Schools Marching Band Fanfare.

The marching band performances are featured in two episodes.  The first one airs this week (January 10-16) at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each day.  It features the high school bands from Ashbrook, North Gaston, South Point, and Forestview.  The Highland School of Technology band kicks off the first episode by performing the national anthem.

The second episode airs the week of January 17-23 at the same times and features the high school bands from Hunter Huss, Bessemer City, Cherryville, East Gaston, and Stuart W. Cramer.  The episodes also will be available on the Gaston County Schools YouTube channel, and they will re-air on Channel 21 the weeks of January 31 and February 7.

The 2021 edition of the Gaston County Schools Marching Band Fanfare was held on Saturday, October 30 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.  The performances were recorded by the Communications Department and edited into two TV programs.

Here is an overview of the performances:

Ashbrook High School
Show: The Digital Cage
Drum Major: Joseph Serrano
Band Director: Josh Westbrook

Bessemer City High School
Show: Valhalla: A Viking’s Tale
Drum Major: Lacey Pettry
Band Director: Cole Crawford 

Cherryville High School
Show: Reign

Drum Majors: Bailey Dugan and Libbi Smith
Band Director: Mark Ewing

Stuart W. Cramer High School
Show: El Torro Bravo

Drum Major: Hailey Royall
Band Director: Kameron Radford

East Gaston High School
Show: Spero

Drum Major: Luis Tejada
Band Director: Brandon Taylor

Forestview High School
Show: Chaos Theory
Drum Major: Alexis Whitley
Band Director: Jerry Smalls

Highland School of Technology
Performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner”

Band Director: Kaleb Reavis

Hunter Huss High School
Show: The Cycle of Joy

Drum Major: Maytelene Lopez
Band Director: Heaven Watson-Weary

North Gaston High School
Show: American Sketches

Drum Major: Ajah Harris
Band Director: Tim Reed

South Point High School
Show: Vortex
Drum Majors: Seth Taylor and Jerry Bradley
Band Director: Tim Hamilton

The Marching Band Fanfare is an annual event for Gaston County Schools.  It gives the high school bands an opportunity to come together to showcase their football game halftime performances.  The event was first recorded for broadcast on Channel 21 in 2019.  The fanfare was not held in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The high school band directors collaborate to make the event happen every year.  It is hosted currently by the band booster club at Stuart W. Cramer High School, and band director Kameron Radford is the coordinator.

The Marching Band Fanfare was revived in 2007 after a 16-year hiatus.  It was a fun event for band students and directors for years, but it ended in 1991 perhaps due to lack of funds, time, or interest.  Since its return, the program has been hosted by East Gaston, North Gaston, Bessemer City, Cherryville, and Stuart W. Cramer.