More than 1,100 students from 19 central Iowa marching bands will take over Dodger Stadium for the State Marching Band Festival Saturday.
The festival, sanctioned by the Iowa High School Music Association, will begin with a performance by Bishop Garrigan at 9:30 a.m. and will wrap up with Fort Dodge Senior High's All-American Dodger Marching Band's performance at 3 p.m. Shows are scheduled every 15 minutes throughout the day.
Bands compete for a division rating of one to five, with one being the best. Rather than competing against the other bands, each band is judged and given a rating based on only its individual performance. Four judges critique each band in the following areas: music general effect, music execution, marching and maneuvering general effect and marching and maneuvering execution.
The Dodger Marching Band will perform the music of Journey: "Any Way You Want It," "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believin'." Last year the band received a Division One Rating for its performance - its 12th in a row.
"While our goal is to again receive a one rating," said Mike Richardson, Fort Dodge Senior High band director, "more importantly, the day is about musical improvement, learning the coordination of marching and playing a musical instrument, learning how to problem solve, math and geometry skills and working as a team."
The State Marching Band Festival is open to the public. Admission for the event is $5 per adult and $3 for K-12 students. For more information about the festival, contact Richardson at 955-1770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other area schools and their scheduled performance times are: Manson Northwest Webster, 10:15 a.m.; Pocahontas, 10:30 a.m.; Webster City, 1 p.m.; and Algona, 2:15 p.m.