Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2011

Marching bands to converge Saturday at KU’s Memorial Stadium for annual festival

October 27, 2011


On Saturday, 21 high school marching bands from around the region will converge on Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium for the 20th annual Heart of America Marching Festival.

Five judges that will rank bands in percussion, auxiliary (including color guard and flags), music, marching and overall effect, said Matt Smith, director of the KU Marching Jayhawks.

The KU band hosts the competition along with the northeast district of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

“It’s a service to the schools and the music education programs around the region to offer something like this,” Smith said.

Also, it serves as a recruiting opportunity for KU, he said, as high school students get a chance to see the band up close.

“It’s a chance for people to visit KU and see our stadium,” he said.

Most of the bands are from Kansas, though one, Elkhorn High School, is from Nebraska and another, Raytown South High School, is from Missouri.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and children of pre-school age are admitted free. Performances are scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. and end with an exhibition by the KU Marching Jayhawks at 7:15 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Lawrence High School is scheduled to perform at 4 p.m., and Free State High School’s performance is set for 7 p.m.


Mark Elzea 6 years, 7 months ago

The Heart of America event is a great event to attend. It's wonderful seeing all the kids from all sizes of bands working hard as a team. Performing is hard enough, let alone when you're doing precision marches at the same time - you really have to hand it to the kids for all the time they spend in practice trying to get everything right. I would encourage anyone with some extra time to come out and watch some of the bands perform, and stay for the Marching Jayhawks performance!

MISTERTibbs 6 years, 7 months ago

Admission is a little pricey, but in the end well worth it - especially since it is a fundraiser for the Marching Jayhawks.

Free State's band is coming together nicely, and LHS has a great program. All of these kids put in a lot of time for practice and rehearsals. They deserve our support as much as the sports teams in the city do.

If you have the time available, come out and support these kids and enjoy the programs.

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