Cary, NC — Nineteen high school marching bands – that’s 1,700 students – will compete at Panther Creek’s 7th annual marching band competition on September 27, 2014.
An Event of Epic Proportions
This year’s Panther Creek Invitational (PCI) is going to be the school’s “biggest and best ever.” Almost 3,000 people are expected to fill the stands on Saturday night to watch nineteen bands from around the Triangle compete and kick off the season for high school marching band competitions. This year, the school will even welcome a band from out of state.
The PCI is the band’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and it requires much help from Panther Creek staff and parent volunteers. Committees of dedicated parents work for months ahead of time to plan the event, and they will also be present on the big night to direct traffic, welcome bands, take tickets, run concessions and get instruments on and off the field during the competitions.
“We continue to have great bands here at the PCI because we provide a great judging panel and we make sure that the directors and students are well taken care of,” said Panther Creek High School band director David Robinson.
Many volunteers will arrive at PCHS at dawn on competition day and stay past midnight to help clean up. “We have fantastic support from our band parents and administration,” Robinson continued. “Our students and parents are proud of our program.”
A Tremendous Growth
The band department at PCHS has seen significant growth throughout the years. Robinson was originally on his own as director for Panther Creek’s first Invitational, but he is now joined by assistant director Jon Swofford.
This year’s predicted number of 3,000 spectators will double the size of the crowd at Panther Creek’s first PCI in 2007. Back then, there were only 85 students music students in the school band. Now, a group of almost 200 student musicians will fill the field.
Apart from the event’s promotion of fundraising, friendly competition, and community spirit, the PCI will also create awareness for the great high school marching bands in the area.
7th Annual Panther Creek Invitational (PCI) Marching Band Competition
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Gates open at 2 p.m.; First performance at 4 p.m.
Panther Creek High School Stadium
6770 McCrimmon Parkway
10$ General Admission
Tickets are available at the gate on the night of the competition
Visit the event page for more information.