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#460850 - 03/23/13 10:05 AM Belize Band Fest in Belmopan Today
Marty Offline
Who's going to win Band Fest this year? Head to Belmopan today and find out. They have a parade starting at 8am, and the competition is at the FFB stadium. Thanks to all the great sponsors for making this happen.

#460864 - 03/23/13 01:06 PM Re: Belize Band Fest in Belmopan Today [Re: Marty]
BrusselSprout Offline
Here is my reporting on the Band Fest. HOT HOT HOT.

Oh yes...and here are some pictures.


#460867 - 03/23/13 02:03 PM Re: Belize Band Fest in Belmopan Today [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
SWEET!!!! awesome. great post.... gracias...

#460908 - 03/24/13 09:00 AM Re: Belize Band Fest in Belmopan Today [Re: Marty]
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Corozal Community College Wins Band Fest | Cayo Scoop!  Bestofcayo.com's E-mag. | Scoop.it

Corozal Community College Wins Band Fest

The Corozal Community College won the Belize Band Fest today in Belmopan. Belize Natural Energy was one of the sponsors of the event, and they were there to get some pictures of the various bands. Congratulations to all participants on a job well done!

Belize Bandfest 2013: Corozal Dominates!

On Saturday March 23rd, the quiet streets of Belmopan came alive with the sound of the 14 marching bands making their way to the Governor General Field for the opening of the ninth annual Belize Bandfest. Teams from every corner of Belize gathered in the capital city to compete at the FFB Stadium for the coveted titles of Best Drum Corp and Best Wind Instrument Band. While they all prepared for the show, Special Guests, Banda Marcial San Isidoro from La Ceiba, Honduras showcased their talents with extreme flair and precision raising the bar for future Belize Bandfest competitions in all categories.

Other special guests included Dr. Jeff Bright from Western Kentucky University, USA who sat on the judge’s panel and the Illinois Secretary of State, USA Jessie White and his tumblers to entertain the awaiting crowd. Of the eight teams in the Drum Corp category, San Pedro’s Isla Bonita All Star Marching Band had the honor of initiating the battle that would eventually end with Belmopan Active Youth (BAY) Marching Band placing 3rd in their first ever Belize Bandfest.

The host team also won the Best Dressed competition with only three months of preparation. Delille Academy Marching Band proved to everyone why they are the best Drum Corp in the South by placing 2nd in their category. Using their innate drumming skills to sweep the crowd off their feet they also took home $2,000 cash prize. First place went to Holy Redeemer Marching Band as they reclaimed their title as Best Drum Corpand $3,000 cash prize with their tribute to Belize and its victims who have fallen to street violence.

Tensions were at an all-time high during the Wind Instrument category as the different teams brought so much energy to their renditions of songs such as LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock’, PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’, Gustavo Lima’s ‘Balada Boa’ among others. Diversity was the name of the game that ultimately came down to the five-time champs and last year’s winners, Succotz Festival Drum Corp’s devastating blow as they placed third in their category taking home $1000 cash prize. BAY Marching Band was not the only new comer to place in Bandfest 2013. Benque Viejo Marching Band made their first appearance and amazed the audience by placing second in the Wind Instrument Category. Corozal Community College entered Bandfest 2013 with a mission to dominate and succeeded by winning the Best Choreographed Group worth $2,000 cash prize, Most Popular Band courtesy Digicell texting competition, placed first in the Wind Instrument category and took home $6,000 cash prize. The Drum Line category will be held at a later date and time as the FFB prepared the football pitch for a friendly match between the Belize ‘Jaguars’ and the Trinidad ‘Soca Warriors’ that same Saturday evening.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

#461105 - 03/27/13 09:43 AM Re: Belize Band Fest in Belmopan Today [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Corozal Community College Dominates Love FM’s Bandfest

Corozal Community College Marching Band, the 2010 Bandfest winners, repeated as champions of the wind category at the Love FM Eighth Annual Bandfest at the FIFA Goal Project Stadium in Belmopan last Saturday, March 24.

CCC took home the $6,000 first prize and band leader. Omar Charley received the Winners’ Sceptre for the best band from Bandfest sponsor, Governor General Sir Colville Young.

The 40 musicians and 24 majorettes and dancers wowed the judges with their stunning music, their marching formation both on the streets of Belmopan and in the stadium.

Their repertoire included hits by Rihanna, L.M.F.A.O. Katy Perry, and they played salsa, cumbia and soca medleys with a gusto which commended the players to the audience.

Their majorettes beat the midday heat wearing blue and white satin sleeveless outfits with sequined masks patterned after the Rio de Janiero Carnival, and their acrobatic dance moves on the field also won them the $2,000 prize for Best Choreography from Oceana, presented by Oceana’s Vice president, Audrey Matura Shepherd.

They also won the $1,000 prize and trophy for Most Popular Marching Band, determined by the text-voting open to all Telemedia’s Digicell customers. The voting closed at midnight on Friday, March 22.

It was Benque Viejo’s Marching Band’s debut at the Bandfest, and Benque played topnotch music. Fully half of the 55 band members are still in primary school, and they won instant admiration.

Their repertoire included Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” and “Having the time of my life” from Dirty Dancing. So impressed were the judges that they voted them second best in the wind category. Band director, Andres Chiroy accepted the $2,500 prize from Love FM’s Chief, Rene Villanueva Sr.

Five-times Bandfest winner Succotz Festival Drum Corps, 70 members strong, has won acclaim even at the regional level. Led by Band Director Jose M. Pinelo, Succotz was impressive as always. But the band had to settle for the $1,000 third prize this year, a testament to just how good the winners were.

Holy Redeemer School Marching Band returned 50 strong under the direction of band manager, Philip Murray and band leader, Carlos Perrote.

Holy Redeemer recaptured the title of Best Drum Corps for Marching Bands without wind instruments. Holy Redeemer DrumCorps has reigned supreme for three consecutive years: 2009 – 2011. It won again in 2013 — the $4,000 first prize, a trophy and individual medals in this their seventh outing at Bandfest.

The Delille Academy Drum Corps in only its third outing at Bandfest, switched from its traditional black and gold uniform used for the street parade to pink and celestial blue outfits for their stadium presentation. Delille won the $2,000 second prize in the Drum Corps category.

It was also the Belmopan Active Youths Marching Band’s debut at Bandfest, and it captured the $1,000 third prize in the drum corps category. Belmopan Mayor Simeon Lopez himself presented the award and congratulated them. The smart white jackets and long black trousers of the players also won the $1,000 prize for Best Uniform, which was judged when the parade began on the Ring Road in Belmopan.

Bandfest just keeps on growing with a total of 14 bands competing this year. Competition in the wind instrument category was fierce as the Mount Carmel Marching Band from Benque Viejo with 10 majorettes and 40 musicians returned to give all a run for their money.

The Western Xunan band from San Jose Succotz, 50 members strong, directed by Antonio Chan, was back, as was the San Ignacio & Santa Elena Dreams Marching Band with 50 members, directed by Oscar Cano and John Gongora.

Five other bands competed in the drum corps category. Last year’s second place winners – the Sarteneja United Drum Corps returned with 65 members, directed by band leader Antonio Rivero. The Mahogany Heights Dreams Marching Band, 60 strong and directed by Mrs. Ednamae Garbutt, was also back for its second year. The Stella Maris Futuristic Marching Band with 32 girls and 28 boys of diverse abilities, under band director Penelope Mcdonald, returned for its sixth outing in Bandfest.

The winners of the first ever Bandfest 2006, the St Luke’s Methodist School Marching Band, returned after a one-year absence, and the Isla Bonita All Star Marching Band was back for its second year.

The Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence Band did not compete, but marched in the street parade and entertained the stadium crowd with its repertoire which opened with the Zacatecas March, the popular calypso “Drunk and Disorderly” and a Caribbean medley.

Also entertaining the audience which packed the 5,000 seat stadium to capacity was the Music from the South Band which played a medley of September celebration tunes and the old-time Belizean favorite “Yu can go Gial, but you must come back”.

Visiting from La Ceiba Atlantida, Honduras, was the San Isidro Bilingual Institute Martial Band, which impressed the audience with its precision marching in formation in the street parade and in the stadium.

The Jesse White tumblers, visiting from Illinois, USA, were also part of the intermission entertainment and performed along with the BNE Tumbler group from Belize City, and the Dangriga tumblers.

Using a small trampoline, the Jesse White tumblers soared to impressive heights and distances in both in the street parade and at the stadium.

The Drumline Competition has been a staple of Bandfest since the St Luke’s Methodist Drummers challenged the Mt. Carmel Drummers to a face-off at the 2007 Bandfest at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, but it could not be held this year.

The Football Federation of Belize had given Bandfest organizers a “Cinderella deadline,” to be out of the stadium by 6:30pm, to make way for the international friendly football match with Trinidad, scheduled to start at 8:00pm.

Organizers announced that the drumline competition would be held another time at a place to be announced.

Rene Villanueva Sr. also presented a plaque of appreciation to platinum sponsor, Scotiabank, and to the Governor General, whose Music in Schools program spawned the Bandfest craze.

Villanuea also made presentations to representatives of other corporate sponsors: Benny’s Homecenter, Belize Natural Energy, the Bowen & Bowen group, Telemedia’s Digicell 4G, Galen University and Oceana.

Missing in action at this year’s Bandfest were the Uprising Drum Corps of Orange Walk, the ACC Survivors, the Central Drum Corps of Orange Walk, the Sadie Vernon Marching Band, and the Blazing Clashers Band from San Estevan

The Reporter

#461160 - 03/28/13 08:52 AM Re: Belize Band Fest in Belmopan Today [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Isla Bonita All Star Band Shines at Belize Bandfest

The Isla Bonita All Star Marching Band proudly represented San Pedro at the Governor General’s annual Marching Bandfest held in the capital city of Belmopan on Saturday, March 22, 2013. A very committed and energetic committee formed the steering group and ensured that the San Pedro All Star Band and majorettes had brand new instruments of snare drums and basses as well as custom-made uniforms in Chetumal which included from shoes to hats, gloves, pants, shirts, skirts, and suits which made the children and teenagers look totally bright and sharp. Winning was not their goal since it was their first appearance among other bands who are as much as nine years old. They were looking for exposure and the experience of participating. However, music teacher and personality Carlos Perrote of Cuba complimented the Isla Bonita Stars as “putting on a great performance”. The Islanders received many accolades from the citizens all over the country who lined the entire parade route and cheered during their show at the stadium.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more EXCELLENT photos by Jose Luis Zapata in the Ambergris Today


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