The Coastal Empire Classic is one of the most established and prestigious marching contests in the state of Georgia. Now in its 35th year, the Classic has hosted countless bands and provided an excellent outlet for adjudication and competition.
Founded by the acclaimed Georgia band director and arranger Bill Locklear in 1981, the Coastal Classic was started to provide a top notch contest for the southeast Georgia region. From its humble beginnings as a regional contest, the Classic grew to a multi state marching showcase, drawing groups from all areas of Georgia, as well as South Carolina and North Florida.
The Classic was held at historic Rebel Field in Springfield, GA for its first 20 years of existence. In 2000, the venue changed to the new Rebel field on the campus of ECHS, a state of the art stadium with one of the largest seating capacities in southeast Georgia.
Today, the Classic strives to maintain the quality and consistency of judging that have helped make this contest into one of the premier marching events in the state.