Marshall to welcome 32 bands Saturday for Tri-State Marching Festival

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Department of Music will host 32 marching bands Saturday, Oct. 22, for the Tri-State Marching Festival beginning at 11 a.m. According to Marshall’s band director, Steve Barnett, this is the largest band festival of its kind in this part of the country. Bands from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio have been separated into categories based on the number of performers.

Scoring for the festival will be based on Music Performance (35 percent), Marching Performance (30 percent), General Effect (30 percent), and Percussion (5 percent). Trophies will be awarded to the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place bands in each category, as well as recognition of percussion, drum major, color guard, dance team and featured twirlers.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person of school age and up. Public parking will be available for $2 in the south end of the west stadium parking lot until the lot is full. After that, patrons may park in the garage on 3rd Avenue and any other available spaces near the stadium.

“The Tri-State Marching Festival is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Marshall University,” Barnett said. “We expect to bring more than 10,000 to the stadium, many of whom are prospective college students with their parents.”

This year’s judging panel includes Dr. Richard Lemke from South Point, Ohio (Marching Performance); Mark Culp, Central States Judges Association (General Effect); Miles Threlkeld, Central States Judges Association (Music Performance); Kris Logue, Central States Judges Association (Percussion); Will Stevenson, Central States Judges Association (Color Guard); Tommy Thompson, Huntington, W.Va. (Drum Major); Kim Maynard, Huntington, W.Va., (Twirlers/Majorettes); and Bridget Rowsey, Huntington, W.Va. (Dancers).



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