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Each week, we devote several pages of The Leader-Union to covering the achievements of hundreds of our young people who are involved in sports of one sort or another. Those participants include preschoolers to adults, and the sports include (this time of year) football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cross country. Also a part of the sports pages are stock car racing and its small-scale cousin, radio-controlled car racing.
But there is a wide array of other activities that our young people are involved in. One of those is music. This week, we had the opportunity to hear two of our area’s musical products – Dani Flowers of Vandalia and Drew Baldridge of Patoka – who are making a run at the country music business in Nashville, Tenn. Their talents were on display as they performed in the Effingham Music Fest on Saturday. Look for them to make a splash in the music business.
This Saturday, another group of musicians will be on the stage, as bands from Vandalia, Ramsey, Brownstown and Altamont will compete in the second annual Marching Vandals Invitational. That competition features parade competition (on Eighth Street) at 11 a.m. and field competition (on the VCHS football field) at 1 p.m. Bands from a number of high schools in the region will be participating. It’s an inspiring array of musical talent. Plan to attend and support the bands.
The host VCHS marching band won’t be competing officially, but will give an exhibition field show about 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Similarly, the Vandalia Junior High Band will be participating in the morning parade competition as an exhibition band. For more information, see the story on page 1 of today’s Leader-Union.