By Felix Samuel, News Writer

The Marching Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band is planning to host a battle of the bands to raise money for its growing band program. The event will take place on May 4 at the Stadium.

Mr. Garrick Rivers, Director of Bands, came up with the idea for this event at the end of the 2018 school year.

“I feel like this event will be something good for the bands in this area,” Rivers said. “It would bring back the excitement to the band world in our community.”

The Raider “Rubber” Band is no stranger to big events, being one of the top bands in the state over the last decade. In 2016 the band had the honor of being the only band from the state of South Carolina to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC. The event is designed to put a spotlight on all high school marching bands in South Carolina.

“This event will bring good exposure to our program and also other programs in the area,” Rivers said.

A poll found that seven out of ten students have never been to a battle of the bands. It was also found that five out of ten students were interested in attending the battle of the bands.

The battle of the bands will feature high school bands from Richland One and across South Carolina, performing head-to-head, all trying to walk away as champion.

“We just want to make sure we put on our best performance possible,” Freshman Marissa Sims, band member, said.

Putting together an event like this is no easy task. It takes the lots of time and effort to make sure everything goes smoothly.

“It’s a lengthy process that involves securing vendors, venues, and participants,” Rivers said. “But it’s all worth it in the end.

The Raider “Rubber” Band will be working double, as they will also be performing in the event. Junior Hazel Daniels, band captain, is one of the people charged with the task of making sure the band is prepared for the performance.

“We just have to make sure we put in the work we need to in order to be successful,” Daniels said. “We have to stay focused and do what we always prepare to do.” The Keenan Raider “Rubber” Band has won over 10 first place awards at competitions over the last two years, making the band a threat to win it all at the battle of the bands.

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