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October 2, 2013

More than 2,000 students set to perform at 39th annual Marching Band Festival

Blinn College will host 24 high schools from across Texas

Buccaneer Marching BandMore than 2,000 Texas high school musicians will perform in the 39th annual Buccaneer Marching Band Festival held at Cub Stadium (map) Saturday.

The festival, sponsored by the Blinn College Music Department and hosted by the Blinn College band, will welcome 24 high school bands from across the state to showcase their talents. The bands will perform their routines for a panel of judges as their final tune-up for University Interscholastic League (UIL) contests.

The festival is open to the public and admission is free. Somerville High School, a Class 1A program, will begin the festival at 12:45 p.m. and the day will end at 8:30 p.m. with a performance by the Buccaneer marching band. The Buccaneer drum line will perform at 4:45 p.m.

“This is a great service to high school bands throughout the state,” said Director of Bands Harry Blake. “The festival is held prior to the UIL contests, so the high schools can come in and get critiqued before their adjudications in a couple of weeks.”

It also provides high school students an opportunity to learn more about Blinn College and its reputation as one of the top community colleges in the state.

“It’s a great way for us to recruit,” said Dr. Sarah Burke, assistant director of bands. “It’s a chance for us to bring these students in and show them what Blinn College has to offer.”

Awards will be presented to the top three bands from each classification, and to the top soloist, drum line and color guard.

The festival was originally started in 1974 by Larry Campbell, the College’s former Fine Arts Division Chair, as a recruitment tool. In its 39 years, it has since grown to one of the premiere showcases in the state.

“There are a lot of marching contests going on this time of year, and for us to continue to pull in 24-30 bands each year tells us people like what we do and we’re proud of that,” Blake said.
Blinn consistently places more students in the Texas Community College All-State Band than any other community college. Blinn’s music department offers small classes, one-on-one attention, practical learning and a dedicated faculty so students are actively engaged in a superior learning environment.