Succotz Festival Drum Corps Continues to Dominate Bandfest Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 00:00

Succotz Festival Drum CorpsOn Saturday, March 31, Belizeans from across the country travelled to the Santiago Ricalde Stadium in Corozal Town for Bandfest 2012. Hon. Pablo Marin, Mayor Hilberto Campos and the great people of Corozal were gracious hosts to thousands of visitors.

Corozal hosted Bandfest in 2010. That was the year that Succotz Festival Drum Corps had its impressive streak snapped. Succotz had won in 2007, 2008 and 2009 but in 2010 Corozal Community College used their home field momentum to steal away the throne. Succotz regrouped and returned better than ever to reclaim the title of Bandfest Champions in Orange Walk Town in 2011. This year, the band was on a mission to erase the memories of 2010 and prevail in Corozal Town.

The Bandfest features three main categories of competition. Those are the drum line, drum corp and wind instruments category. Holy Redeemer School marching band won the drum line competition. They received a cash prize of $1,000 for that victory. It was a bitter sweet day for Holy Redeemer, however, as they lost in the competition that they had recently dominated. Delille Academy Drum Corps of Dangriga Town won the drum corp competition and $4,000 prize. Sarteneja United Drum Corps took home $2,000 for its second place finish and the three-peat defending champions, Holy Redeemer School Marching Band took home $1,000 for a third place finish. In the wind instrument category and battle for the winner’s scepter, Western Xunan Marching Band from Succotz Village took home $1,000 for finishing as the third best band. The home town favourites did not pull through this time as Corozal Community College took home $2,500 for finishing second.  Succotz Festival Drum Corps won the Bandfest competition for the fifth time in six years and took home $6,000 cash and the coveted winner’s scepter. Succotz also won an additional $1,000 for being the best dressed band. Corozal Community College won $1,000 and a trophy for being the most popular band. The popularity contest was decided via a text message competition sponsored by Belize Telemedia Limited.   

The bidding process for the location of Band Fest 2013 will commence shortly. The event is a huge economic booster.