The 21st Crystal Coast Band Classic hosted 22 teams from across the state

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HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) – The Crystal Coast Band Classic hosted 22 top marching bands at Havelock High School competing to be the best in the world.

Seren Stout is a senior and performed in the contest with the New Bern High School Marching Band for one of the last times.

“Feaked out, it feels really weird to be four years of this, and then it’s just over,” Stout said.

Each high school puts on their show at halftime by coin toss, and in eleven minutes the bands show ten judges why they should win first place.

WITN spoke with Chris Eleing, Band Manager of New Bern High School, to learn more about how they decide what to play.

“Well, there’s a design process that’s going well, go with the staff and, well, just jot down some ideas, come up with some music or some kind of main idea, and then just extend a plan from there,” Eleing said.

According to Gorge Benitez, director of the Crystal Coast Band Classic, winning isn’t the only thing to take away from this event.

“We travel to many other schools for our competitions so it’s great to have them come to us, and our kids get to see a lot of these groups so it’s a good experience for our kids to check out. look at what other bands are doing and enjoy their performances,” Benitez said.

The East Carolina University Marching Pirates performed as the 2022 exhibition band.

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