Bands from both city and county schools performed well during recent competitions and are looking to continue the trend next month in Gordo, Ala.

Daniel Wade, director for the Neshoba Central Big Blue Marching Band, is happy with the group's recent performance at the State Marching Regionals at East Mississippi Community College where the band earned an all superior rating for the 34th straight year.

"We did well at the Copiah competition the week before," Wade said. "We scored an overall excellent rating.

"It was a warm up but we worked hard for a week and earned all superiors at state," he said.

"The state regionals are the only competition that matters."

Philadelphia Band Director Wayne Benn is also happy with his bands' performance. The group earned a mixed rating, with the drum majors and drumline earning superiors while the guard and band earned excellent.

"I feel pretty good," Benn said of the band's performance. "We could have been better but we earned what we got."

Both bands plan to attend the West Alabama Marching Band Festival on Nov. 2 in Gordo, Ala.

Director Wade admits he has his sights set on winning a few trophies while in Gordo.

I want to win the "Best Band in Competition" award," he said.

Philadelphia is also preparing for the competition.

"We're going to kick it up and get all superiors in Gordo," Benn said.