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2023 Emerald Classic Invitational

Inclement Weather Announcement

The safety of staff/volunteers, students, and equipment is our utmost priority in preparing an inclement weather plan for the 2023 Emerald Classic Invitational.

Plans are being discussed for a hybrid (outdoor & indoor) event or cancelling the Invitational.  If the event is cancelled, there is no intention to reschedule.  A decision will be made by 5pm on Friday, September 22, 2023 and communicated to Band Directors, Staff, Vendors, & Volunteers via email.

We appreciate your patience and are hoping for the best!

Join us for the Emerald Classic Marching Invitational on September 23, 2023 in historic Fredericksburg, VA.  Riverbend High School is conveniently located off of I-95 and just over an hour away from Charlottesville!

Registration Information

Cost:  $125

Deadline:  September 1, 2023

Pay online via debit/credit card



Or you can pay by check

Payable to:  RHSBPA

Mail to: Jennifer Lewis

Riverbend High School

12301 Spotswood Furnace Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22407​

Show Information

  • Show will start at APPROXIMATELY 9:00 am.

  • Please bring your own ATV/Tractors and trailers to transport front ensemble/props. 

  • Electricity will be available at the the front sideline.

  • A Special Performance by a College/University Band at APPROXIMATELY 2:30pm with Award Ceremony directly afterwards.

  • Director hospitality tent will be available throughout the day.

  • Enjoy our wonderful concession stand and food trucks!  Special student run booths will also be available for unique band souvenirs.

2023 Adjudicators

Music: John Sarvay | Visual: Derek Ramsey

Drum Major: Bill Berg | Percussion: Charlie Nesmith

Color Guard: Reiko Casteen | General Effect: Earl Shaffer

Don't forget to register!


Contact Director Jennifer Lewis with any questions!

(540) 548-4051

Come enjoy performances from the following schools!

Caroline High School
Chancellor High School
Cosby High School
Courtland High School
Culpeper High School
Grafton High School
James Monroe High School
King George High School
Massaponax High School
Orange County High School
Page County High School
Skyline High School
Spotsylvania High School
Thomas Dale High School
Tuscarora High School

Enjoy a special performance from The Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech! Their performance will occur at the conclusion of the competition before the award ceremony!


The Emerald Sound & Guard is honored to host the following food trucks at this year's competition!

If you have a food truck and would like to join us, please contact our BPA President, Jessica Cottet.

Amiee's Sandwiches

Event Information

Tickets: $10.00

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window prior to event entry.  No discounts for Spotsylvania County Employees, Children, or Senior Citizens.  You are here to support music programs in schools and every dollar raised from the Emerald Classic Invitational is used to support the band programs at Riverbend High School.  Thank you for your understanding!

Souvenir Programs: $8.00


Become an event sponsor!

Full season sponsor rights apply to all of our sponsor levels.  Please see our Fundraising page for full details.

These are offerings specific to the Emerald Classic Invitational.

VIP - $5,000

  • Naming rights for this season's marching invitational

  • Full page ad in the event program

  • Six invitational tickets

  • Announcement of thanks during the event

  • Award presented to your company representative during the event

GOLD - $3,000

  • Full page ad in the event program

  • Four invitational tickets

  • Announcement of thanks during the event

​EMERALD - $1,000

  • 1/2 page ad in the event program

  • Two invitational tickets

  • Announcement of thanks during the event


  • 1/4 page ad in the event program

  • Two invitational tickets

SPONSOR - $200

  • 3.5"x2" (business card size) ad in the event program


If you would like to become an event sponsor, please contact our BPA President, Jessica Cottet.

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