Three ladies face off in Battle of the Batons

Panama City POPS
CHAD LEADER | Contributed photo
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM.

PANAMA CITY — Three women known for being in the limelight will vie for center stage during this year’s Battle of the Batons at the Marina Civic Center.

“It’s an all-female competition this year:  (Panama CityBeach) Mayor Gayle Oberst, Ginger Littleton and Jessica Foster. It should be entertaining!” said Connie Gittard, president of the Panama City POPS.

The Panama City POPS Orchestra will entertain audiences with its traditional program of classical and popular musical selections before the three competitors get a chance to compete in “wand warfare” on stage before intermission.

“I hope people from the entire region join us for this exciting concert. The battle always turns into a rollicking good time,” Artistic Director and Maestro Eddie Rackley said.

During intermission, audience members will vote for their favorite conductor. Each vote costs $1. The winner will conduct the final work of the program.

This year’s contest will include Oberst, who represents the City of Panama City Beach in many civic organizations and serves municipal and not-for-profit positions.

Foster, a WMBB-TV news anchor, also is a strong competitor. In 2008, she was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Seals of Approval from the American Meteorological Societyand the National Weather Association for her forecasting ability.



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