Four area high schools received first place awards in a weekend band competition. 

Camden County High, Perquimans County High, John A. Holmes High and Currituck County High schools each took first-place finishes Saturday in the 3rd annual Panther Band Classic at Pasquotank County High School.

In addition to offering an exciting show for spectators and a competition to challenge participating bands, the event raised money for the Pasquotank High Panther Pride band’s uniform drive. The drive is seeking $55,000 for new band uniforms.

Roanoke Rapids High and Camden County High schools were the only bands in their respective classes.

In Group 1A, Perquimans County High School won first place overall and best music, best visual and best overall effect. Cape Hatteras Secondary School placed second and earned best percussion honors.

Manteo High School finished third and won best guard.

Edenton’s John A. Holmes High School earned first place in Group 2A and also took honors for best music, best visual, best overall effect and best percussion. Second place and best guard went to Gates County High School.

Currituck County High School led the field in Group 3A, taking overall honors and best music, best visual, best overall effect and best percussion.

Second place and best guard went to Southwest Edgecombe High School.