This marks the first time the three high schools in the City of Martinsville and Henry County have integrated to form one.
“This is a really exciting opportunity not only for the kids, but for the area as well,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We have really strong music programs at all three schools and to be able to show them off on a national stage is great.”
For Martinsville High School Band Director Brian Joyce, the logistics of putting the three bands together wasn’t as difficult as it seemed, due to having played Camping World Truck Series races in the past.
“It’s a little bit easier, because we’ve played Martinsville Speedway races before,” Joyce said. “As far as getting three groups together, we’ve had a lot of meetings with the three directors from the schools and we’re going to see how it goes.”
For the students, the opportunity is exciting, even though the schools spend most of the year as rivals.
“I think it shows that even though we’re rivals on the football field or basketball court, the bands can still come together and we can show everybody that we can work together,” Allison LaPrade, a senior at Magna Vista said. “The difficult part is memorizing a new arrangement, but what makes it fun is that this is a once in a lifetime thing and we’ll probably never get to do it again.”
“It means a lot, because we’ve never had the opportunity to do things like have all of us in one, playing together,” Rosetta Hairston, a senior from Martinsville, said. “So I’m excited.”