In the spring of every year, the Lions of Virginia hold a State-Wide Music contest. This contest is called the "Lions of Virginia Bland Music Contest". It is named after James Bland, who wrote "Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny". The final competition is held at the Lions State Convention, in May each year. The Bland Competition starts at the local level with many clubs, including Park West Lions Club, holding local competitions in both instrumental and vocal divisions. Over $25,000.00 is awarded in this state wide contest.
For more information about James Bland, including a rendition of and "Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny", click here for a link to the Lions of Northern Virginia web
To learn more about the Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation, Inc., click here.
Winners of the 2010 Region IV, Zone 1 Bland Contest
Left to Right: Rachel Sowinski - 1st Place Vocalist - Soprano, Anna Maria Smith - 2nd Place Vocalist - Soprano, Nicole Penn - 2nd Place Instrumentalist - Flute, George Schwartz - 1st Place Instrumentalist - Piano, and Lion Robert Kirk - Chairman of the Bland Contest.
Additional photographs of the 2010 Bland Contest. Click on the image to enlarge.