This Saturday, the Elizabethton High School Betsy Band will compete at the 38th Annual Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna, Tenn. The band is expected to return home between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Band Director Perry Elliott said it’s been a wonderful year thus far, and students are excited to perform at the state level. He described this year as a dream scenario in which everything has gone how they hoped from conception of the program to execution of the show.
“If the weather is wonderful this weekend, this will be the culmination of a wonderful fall,” Elliott said. “We are not concerned about winning or losing, we are just concerned about doing our best and representing Elizabethton to the best of our ability.”
The Betsy Band has brought home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place titles every year for the last 13 years – most of which were first and second place. This year, the program is titled “Is the Grass Always Greener?” and is directed by Drum Major Sarah Moore.
“It’s basically about whether things are better on your side of the fence or on the other and the journey that’s involved in that,” Elliott explained.
It builds off of three elements: the soundtrack from the movie August Rush, a classical band work called chorale and shaker dance, and the John Rutter religious hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful. The show features four solos by mellophone and French horn player Ethan Sparks, baritone player Caleb Johnson, trumpeter Morgan Deloach and flutist Jaid Hughes.