Topsail High School Pirate Classic

by | Oct 14, 2021 | Education, Online Exclusives

16 area high school marching bands will compete at Topsail High School on Saturday, October 16, along with two very special guest performances.

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the 2021 Pirate Classic, an annual high school marching band competition and the primary fund-raising event for the Topsail High School Marching Band, on October 16. Exciting guest performers will include the 2nd Division Marine Band from Camp LeJeune and the East Carolina University Marching Pirates.

The 2021 line-up includes 16 high school bands from the region, all competing for awards and trophies in several different categories. The bands will perform throughout the day, and concession stands will be open serving a variety of food including hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and funnel cakes.

Topsail High School Band Competition

Proceeds from the event will be applied to Topsail High School Marching Band’s cost of travel to area band competitions, purchase of uniforms, music, instruments, etc., throughout the year to assist the music program.

“The goal of our music department is to enhance the learning experience of these students and increase their appreciation of the music as they work continually to improve their musical skills,” says Jake Wentzek, band director. “These students put their heart and soul into their performances. They have a rigorous practice schedule, and we stress the importance of being responsible to yourself, your fellow band members and the mission of the band. These kids grow both musically and personally from being involved with the marching band family. I can’t even express how proud I am of the work and dedication these students exhibit day in and day out. This year’s Pirate Classic is especially important to these students because of missing the entire 2020 season due to the pandemic.”

This will be the first Pirate Classic for many of the band members and to have both the Marine band and the ECU Pirate Band performing is going to make this an extra special event for everyone!

Want to go?
2021 Pirate Classic Marching Band Competition
October 16, 12:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: $8
Topsail High School, 245 N. St. Johns Church Road, Hampstead
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