The Franklin High School Band

from Franklin Band Boosters

The Franklin Band took top honors at the 56th Annual Contest of Champions at MTSU on Saturday, earning the Grand Champion title with the performance of their 2018 show, Out There. The band also defended its Tennessee State Marching Band Champion title, bringing home the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s Cup trophy for the 7th time.

Franklin’s preliminary performance, which earned them a spot in the Finals competition, also secured the Class AAA Championship. Classification is based on the number of musicians in the band; during Finals, bands compete regardless of their class.

The Contest of Champions is the longest continuously held band competition in the United States. This year it drew 27 bands from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.

Out There includes Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Piano Concerto No. 2 Movement II and III, and Symphonic Dances Movement III by Sergei Rachmaninov, and “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen. The Franklin Band is under the direction of David Aydelott and Jacob Campos, with assistance by color guard directors Levi Brandenburg and Michael Horvath, percussion director Nick Sipe, and visual director Brad Klemmensen.

On November 3, the band will host its annual free Community Cavalcade performance at Howard Gamble Stadium at Franklin High School. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. Band boosters will also draw the winning name for the 2018 Franklin Band Car Raffle at the Community Cavalcade. The winner will choose between a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro and a Ford Mustang from Lyons Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Ford in Lewisburg. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 and are available from any band booster, or online at

The band will wrap up its marching season at Bands of America’s Grand National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from November 8-10.