CONYERS — The marching bands of all three Rockdale high schools presented their programs to the public on Wednesday evening.

The event, the High School Marching Band Exhibition, also featured a combined performance from all three high school marching bands at the start of the evening, where the three bands grouped together to play the National Anthem. It was a rare opportunity for members of the three bands to meet up with one another.

The Salem High School band, under the direction of director Blake Gaines and assistant director David Wilson, followed the national anthem with a selection of songs including “Just Got Paid,” “To Be Real,” “Stop Believing,” “There Goes my Baby” and “Now That We Found Love.”

Gaines said the band does not have a central theme, but rather switches things up to stay current.

“It’s all about entertainment, the variety of music and to keep things current. We try to steer away from themes because that kind of locks you in for the year. We might change the show every other week.”

Following the Salem High School band was the Heritage High School band, under the direction of band director Vincent Sneed.

The Heritage band performed its halftime show, a patriotic-themed show called “Land of the Free.”

The event featured quotes from past U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan centered around typical American values.

Finishing up the evening, the Rockdale County High School band, under the direction of band director R. Kevin Brown, played their halftime show themed “Darkness into the Light.”

A native of Hampton, Ga., Joe Adgie has been working in newspapers since 2014. He joined the Rockdale/Newton Citizen in July 2017.

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