With the exception of one year, Brady has hosted the Region VII UIL Marching Band Competition for the past 35 years, and once again a flurry of teen spirit and motivation will make its way back to Bulldog Stadium this Saturday as 23 bands go head to head for a Division I rating. With competition beginning early Saturday at 9:45 a.m., eight 1A schools, nine 2A schools, three 3A schools and two 4A schools will send their marching bands to Brady to compete for the rights to attend the 2000 area contest. Class A schools will begin the competition in the morning and classes 2A, 3A and 4A will continue throughout the day. Three judges will score and rate each school’s performance in this year’s contest. Charles Munsell of Smithon Valley will be accompanied by Mike Marsh of Howe and Don Thoede of Clifton. All judges participating in the event are either retired or current band directors. Each band that receives a division one “superior” rating this weekend will advance to area. If no band in a particular classification receives a superior rating, then the judges will choose two bands from that classification and advance them to area. All bands are given a total of five minutes to enter and set up on the field and a two-minute period to exit. The actual playing time of each school’s program is limited to eight minutes. The Famed Brady Bulldog Band will perform their contest show at 3:30 p.m. Saturday under the direction of Butch Crudgington and assistant directors Brian Owen and Mike Devenport. The FBBB will field 147 individuals including the band, flags, rifles and drum majors. In recognition of music composer Aaron Copeland’s 100th birthday, their performance will include six selections entitled “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Appalachian Spring Episode 1,” “Appalachian Spring Episode 2,” “Hoedown,” “Simple Gifts” and “Finale.” “We have to make a first division at this contest to qualify for area,” said Crudgington. “This year’s area competition will be held at Birdville Stadium in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. “We really like it when the Brady townspeople come out to support our band throughout the contest.” The FBBB will be aiming for first division ratings from all three judges in hopes of continuing the trend of receiving a first division title for the past nine years. In addition to the first division rating, the band will also be shooting for their 33rd sweepstakes award. The band boosters will tend to the concessions at the all-day event and are still in need of volunteers to help throughout the day. Any interested individuals who want to help the band boosters are encouraged to contact Crudgington at the high school or talk with Pam Hernandez at 597-2020.