Virginia State University’s Essence of Troy Dancers strike a pose. They are one of two college groups, with Lakeland High School alumni as members, booked to perform at Lakeland’s fifth annual Bring The Noise percussion and dance line competition next month.
Virginia State University’s Essence of Troy Dancers strike a pose. They are one of two college groups, with Lakeland High School alumni as members, booked to perform at Lakeland’s fifth annual Bring The Noise percussion and dance line competition next month.

Excitement builds for LHS band event

Published 10:20pm Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two college groups with Lakeland High School alumni as members will give exhibition performances at Lakeland’s Bring The Noise percussion and dance line competition next month, event coordinator Chanel Bryant says.

The fifth annual event will take place in Lakeland’s gymnasium beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Doors open at 5 p.m., and admission is $10.

“The Bring The Noise competition has become one of the highlight events in the spring in our area,” Bryant said in an email. “It has been a wonderful experience watching this event grow year after year.”

The two college groups booked for exhibition performances are Virginia State University’s Essence of Troy Dancers and Elizabeth City State University’s P.O.I.S.O.N.

“What’s extra special is that both of the groups have (Lakeland High School marching band) Quiet Storm alumni as members,” Bryant remarked. “We are looking forward to another sold out event that will be very exciting for everyone involved.”

Hosting such an event doesn’t come cheap. The booster organization for Quiet Storm is planning a carwash fundraiser for Saturday, March 22.

Folks can have their ride washed in the parking lot at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1507 Holland Road, for $10. Donations will also be accepted.

According to Bryant, Bring The Noise originated as a percussion-only competition, on Dec. 5, 2009.

She said she wanted a quality event that showcased competitive groups while also bringing the indoor band experience to Suffolk.

The dance component was added in 2011 “to add more versatility and edge to the competition,” Bryant said, adding that the event has grown in both quality and the participation rate each year.

“Another highlight of the event is the joint auxiliary performance by the Rare Jewel Auxiliary Unit of the … Quiet Storm,” she said.

This year, Bethel, Phoebus, King’s Fork, Warren County, Southampton and Henrico high schools will participate as well as Lakeland.

La-Tasha Peede, president of the booster club, said students were “really excited” about the annual competition as they prepared for spring break. The fifth annual event was anticipated to sell out, she said.

“The members work really hard to make this event spectacular,” Peede said. “They always bring something different than before. Ms. Bryant does an excellent job organizing.”

She added that she was proud of the “many accomplishments that these young boys and girls exhibit.”

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