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04/16/11 09:06 AM
04/16/11 09:06 AM
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The countdown is on as Bandfest 2011 is only hours away. The action kicks off tomorrow April sixteenth in Orange Walk Town. Eight Drum Corps and five marching bands with wind instruments will be facing off at the Orange Walk People’s Stadium in the afternoon. But, the fun starts earlier in the morning with a parade that starts at nine. The event is organized by Love FM and Committee Member Julia Carillo says this year promises to be better than the previous years.

Julia Carillo – Bandfest Committee Member

“Bandfest 2011 is going to be even bigger and better than it was in 2010. 2010 was a successful program, 2011 is going to be even better. This year we have 13 bands participating in the competition, 8 in the drum corp category 5 in the marching band with wind instrument. We also have three display bands, one is the Samuel Haynes Marching Band, the other is La Banda Guerra from Chetumal and we have confirmed a band from Guatemala. Apart from that, the field competitions which the marching band with wind instrument category, and the drum corp category we have three other categories, we have the best dressed uniform marching band which will be judged at the assembly, we have the most popular marching band which is judged based on the amount of text that they have done to BTL and the deadline is midnight tonight and we have the drum line competition which will take place right after the field competition takes place. We have seven bands taking part in that. People can expect a wonderful show; all the bands have worked hard they have been practising all year round; they are coming back each one of them to win these fabulous prizes."

Bands will be judged in two categories -Marching band and drum corps categories. Reigning camps in the Marching band category is Corozal Community College, and in the drum corps category is Holy Redeemer. Bands will be battling to keep and take over the coveted titles and also attractive prizes.

Julia Carillo – Bandfest Committee Member

“The marching band category the winner will walk away with $6,000.00 cash, each member gets a first place medal and a beautiful trophy. The second place winner in the marching band category walks away with $2,500.00 cash, a trophy and each member gets an individual medal and the third place winners will receive a trophy and their medals along with a certificate of participation. In the drum corp category the first place winner will get $4,000.00 cash, a beautiful trophy and each member gets individual medals. The second place winner gets $2,500.00 cash, apart from the trophy and individual medals and the third place winner will get their trophy and medal.”

The second prize is courtesy of the Ministry of Education and the Belize Bank Orange Walk Branch. The parade starts at the junction of the Palmar Boundary Road and Liberty Avenue and make its way to the Belize Corozal Road, onto Queen Victoria Avenue, turn left into Cinderella Street, right into Fonseca Street and left into Stadium Street and ends at the People’s Stadium for the competition that starts at one o’clock.


04/19/11 08:19 AM
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The Succotz Festival Drum Corps from the Cayo district is the winner of the sixth annual Belize Band Fest. The 2011 event was staged on Saturday at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk town. It featured eight Drum Corps and five marching bands and the event started with a parade through the main streets of the town. The Bands were judged in two categories, those being Marching Band with wind instruments and drum corps. At the end of the competition, Succotz Festival Drum Corps took the top prize of six thousand dollars in cash, a trophy and medals. Last year’s champions the Corozal Community College Marching Band took second place prize of two thousand, five hundred dollars, a trophy and medal, while the Mount Carmel Marching Band took third place of a trophy and medals. In the Drum Corps Division, first place prize of four thousand dollars, a trophy and medals was won by the Holy Redeemer Marching Band. Second place prize of two thousand dollars, a trophy and medal was won by the Sarteneja United Marchng Band, while third place of a trophy and medals was won by the Orange Walk Uprising Drum Corps.


04/19/11 08:33 AM
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Bandfest Drums Up Major Support

And while those youths were playing basketball on one side of Sugar City, over on the other side, Love FM was holding its sixth annual Band Fest.

With over twelve competing bands, more than twelve hundred participants and spectators from across the country- it is the biggest - most competitive youth recreation events of the year.

Today 7news spoke with Organizer Julia Carrillo - who told us who this year's winners were.

Julia Carrillo, Organizer
"In Orange Walk we had 13 bands competing for Bandfest champions. In Bandfest we have two categories; we have the drum corps category and we have the marching band with instrument. We had 8 bands taking part for the Drum Corp category and we had 5 bands participating for the marching band with instrument. Of the 5; one was from Corozal and the other 4 was from the west. In this 5 we had the Succotz Festival Drum Corp who have been with us from the beginning and have won 3 of the Bandfest in the previous years. As a matter of fact they are they are the holders of the original sceptre that we had. We have something that if you win Bandfest 3 years back-to-back you get to keep the sceptre. So we had to make a new one that was won by Corozal Community College last year. Succotz Festival came in 2nd place. This year we had the winners who were Succotz Festival Drum Corp - the came out and they really awed the public, the Corozal Community College took 2nd Place and coming in 3rd was Mount Carmel who had been absent for a long time for about a year or so. They came back this year and they won 3rd place."

"In the drum line category, we had coming first was Holy Redeemer. This is the 3rd year that they have won the Drum Corp category. They want to move into the Marching Band with instrument next year; Coming in 2nd was a group who this is their second year taking part in Bandfest - we are talking about the Sarteneja United Drum Corp and coming in 3rd was Uprising Drum Corp from Orange Walk. So those were the winners. A part from that we had a special category for most improve band, that went to Western Chunan - they have deserve it because they have been in existence for about 3 years now and over the years we have seen them develop into where they are now which is much better than where they started off. Then we also have the drum line category; that was won by St. Luke Methodist, the Best Uniform Marching band was won by Succotz Festival Drum Corp and Most Popular Marching Band was won by Corozal Community College."

Winners of the main category received trophies and medals apart from a 6 thousand dollar cash prize and a four thousand dollars cash.

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04/21/11 08:52 AM
04/21/11 08:52 AM
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6th Annual Band Fest draws thousands

On Saturday, April 16, 2011, Orange Walk Town was the place to be for many Belizeans. Love FM's sixth annual Band Fest was a huge draw, with 13 bands competing for the championships in a variety of categories. All in all, there were thousands of people at the People's Stadium to take in the colors, sounds and energy of the youth who gave their all in a competition that blew spectators away. After a march through the streets of Orange Walk, during which judging took place at specific locales, the bands moved for the final, proud display at the Stadium. There, they joined the spectators in eagerly awaiting the results of Band Fest 2011.

There were two categories at Band Fest: Drum Corps - in which eight bands competed - and Marching Band with Instruments - which saw five groups competing. Bands came from the Cayo, Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. Taking top honors was the Succotz Festival Drum Corps, which once again claimed the top spot after falling back the previous year. They took home $6,000 in cash, plus a trophy and medals. Second place was won by Corozal Community College - they took $2,500 in cash, plus a trophy and medals. Mount Carmel rounded up the top three and they were awarded with a trophy and medals.

In the Drum Corp category, Holy Redeemer took the first place spot for the third year in a row. They won $4,000 in cash, plus a trophy and medals. According to organizer Julia Carillo, Holy Redeemer is looking to hit the Marching Band with Instrument category next year. Following closely behind Holy Redeemer was Sarteneja United Drum Corps. In only their second year participating, they were able to walk away with $2,000 cash, plus trophy and medals. Uprising Drum Corps from Orange Walk took the third place spot, and they were awarded with a trophy and medals.

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