CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - More than 20 bands from all over the commonwealth, ranging from Lynchburg to all the way up to Culpeper, participated in Charlottesville High School's annual cavalcade on Saturday, October 6.

Organizers say it's the biggest the school has hosted in more than a decade.

“I'm personally really excited for, like, the big audience, usually the biggest audience is football games, but, like, most people are doing their own thing so it's gonna be an audience just watching us,” Jade Gonzalez, a junior in the CHS marching band, said.

Normally these kids are on the field for a half-time show, but for the Charlottesville High School's annual cavalcade, it's a chance to show off their skills.

“Halftime can be a little crazy, and so sometimes people are then going and getting food and talking and it's hard to sometimes hear the band and watch the band as people are moving around,” Kendall Crusse, a mother of one of the student performers, said. “So it's nice when everyone is quiet and their eyes are focused on the band playing.”

The cavalcade is one of the school's traditions dating back more than 30 years, giving schools across the commonwealth the chance to mingle and compete.

“We have bands coming from Lynchburg, we have bands coming from Fairfax, we have bands coming from Fluvanna,” Jason Hackworth, the band director, said.

Charlottesville High School students have been preparing for this performance for months.

“It's, like, intense because I feel like I half live here and I'm just here all the time because the rehearsals early morning and after school, football games, so it's really a lot,” Monique Scott, a sophomore in the marching band, said.

However, the student performers say all of the time and energy is definitely worth it.

“My favorite part is getting to bond with the people in, like, the whole band ’cause I feel like we're just like a family,” Scott said. “So getting to perform and, like, march and seeing the whole show come together as, like, one big show and look good is really encouraging.”

The bands were split up based on size, and they competed for awards in categories such as best music and best visual performance, as well as best overall performance.