Football season and marching-band season tend to run in harmony, and North Augusta High School's band program has been in gear since early August, with the Jacket Regiment focusing on the upcoming three months. 

Chuck Deen, the high school's director of bands, is helping his troops gear up for his 16th year of running the show on Knobcone Avenue. Monday is the first day of classes, and the Yellow Jackets' first home football game of the season will be Aug. 30, versus Evans. 

Smaller-scale scenes have been part of the landscape at Fox Creek High School this month, with Chris Martinez guiding the Predators' band, in preparation for Fox Creek's Aug. 30 game, at home (Lions Field) versus Wagener-Salley. 

One of the season's biggest events in the CSRA, for marching bands, is to be Sept. 21, with Midland Valley High School playing host to the Mustang Classic, traditionally featuring a variety of bands from around South Carolina (including Aiken County) and several from Georgia.