October 5, 2013
If you think the highlight of a high school band's week is playing the halftime show during Friday night football, think again.
Charlottesville High School hosted the 27th-annual Cavalcade Band Competition.
Sixteen bands from all over Virginia came out to see who is the best of the best.
Some bands have been training since the beginning of the school year.
"It's very much a sportslike activity. Where the football team will go out after school every day and practice for two hours, there's a lot of places where the marching band will go out after school and practice for two hours, so they're very similar and we're very competitive," said Jason Hackworth, the band director at CHS.
The bands are judged on how well they play and how precisely they march, among other factors.