COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) — High school football season typically means a few things, like school spirit, competition, and of course, Friday Night Fever, but it also means a return of marching bands.
On Sunday, the inaugural Battle of the Bands kicked off in Columbus.
"We're just excited to have bands here from all over the area," said Columbus Boys and Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Nadia Dale. "We've got bands from Noxubee High, Shannon, Mississippi and as far as Selma, Alabama."
Dale said the event is a way to showcase the local talent and create a better future for the Boys and Girls Club.
"Our organization has been striving to enable all youth, especially those who need us the most to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens," she said.
Five high school bands participated in the competition, and Jackson State University's band attended as special entertainment.
"We know one thing, if nothing else, people love music," Dale said. "People love music, people love bands and people like to see high energy performances."
She said supporting local marching bands is something close to her heart, in fact, she said it's what motivated her to go to college and seek a degree.
In the eighth grade, she watched Jackson State's marching band and knew that was her calling.
"I just wanted to provide that same opportunity to some young people here," Dale said. "Maybe somebody here will come and see the band and say 'Hey, that's what I want to do.' That will be there ticket into college."
She said the event also helps to fund the organization.
"A lot of the time, we really struggle just to reach those who need us because of the financial barriers."
That's exactly why Gloria Jackson traveled in the rain to support the event.
"That's important for the young youth to have somewhere to go after school to continue their education because they're being taught there too."
All of the proceeds from the even will go to the Columbus Boys and Girls Club.