Gates open today at 12:30pm at Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Fondren for the 11th annual Battle of the Bands. “The event draws between 30,000 to 40,000, 60 percent of whom are probably younger than 24 and the vast majority are middle school and teenage students”, said Justin Ray of show promoter Just in Time Music. There is no prize, but bragging rights are up for grabs amongst Jackson area high school bands. Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University’s bands will close out the event. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The show starts at 2pm.