Shelby County Showcase of Bands rocks Helena High School

Published 12:48 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA – For those wondering what it would be like to hear all seven high school bands from the Shelby County School system perform in the same place all at once, then Helena High School was the place to be on Monday, Sept. 17.

Helena High School’s Husky Stadium was packed on Sept. 17, for the 2018 Shelby County Showcase of Bands as the night included performances from all seven talented high school bands from Shelby County Schools, a mass band performance and more.

On a typical Friday night, those attending high school football games will only have a chance to see one or possibly two band performances from schools within the county, but the showcase exists to display each band performance in one night.

The schools playing at the showcase included Calera, Chelsea, Helena, Montevallo, Oak Mountain, Shelby County and Vincent.

The night began with the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner followed by each school playing its respective halftime show.

At the conclusion of the night, all seven bands came together on the field to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 by playing “America the Beautiful.”

Shelby County Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lewis Brooks said the best part of the event is being able to see all the talent across the school district.

“I think probably the best thing is we get to see a lot of talent throughout Shelby County in one night’s event,” Brooks said. “I’m really proud of what our band directors do. Michelle Hall, who is our director of fine arts, does an outstanding job so it’s just an amazing night to showcase the talents of our students.”