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Tubas will rumble and cymbals will collide Sept. 30 as high school bands battle at the Seminole Sound Spectacular.

Get ready for some toe-tapping music at the 24th annual Seminole Sound Spectacular on Sept. 30. About 20 bands are expected at the Seminole High School football field, 86th Avenue N and 131st Street.

The Seminole and Madeira Beach middle school bands will kick off festivities at 4:20 p.m. with a joint rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

Then competing high school bands each will have about 14 minutes to perform in their respective divisions: bronze, silver and gold. There will be several intermissions. Seminole High's Warhawk Marching Band will not compete, but it will perform an exhibition at the end of the competition as judges choose the winners.

Bands with 45 or fewer wind, brass and percussion players make up the bronze division, and the silver division is for bands with 70 or fewer members. Bands with more than 70 members will compete in the gold division.

Bands auxiliaries, including flag twirlers, majorettes and dancers, will compete as well.

High school bands scheduled to compete are:

+ Bronze division _ Osceola, Land O'Lakes and Northside Christian.

+ Silver _ Countryside, Pinellas Park, Lecanto, Gibbs and Belleview.

+ Gold _ Largo, Clearwater, East Lake, Tarpon Springs, Northeast, Santa Fe, Hernando, Lakewood Ranch and Cypress Creek.

Daniel S. Wood, Seminole Warhawk band director, said there is no rain date for the Sound Spectacular this year.

"The band's schedule was just too tight to have an extra date," he said. "Hopefully, we'll be okay."