Thirteen high schools and 1,000 band members will converge on Lindenwood University Oct. 18 for the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Championships. This is the second year the event is being held at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium.
Preliminary competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. Six bands will compete for the overall championship. Local school districts with bands competing are from Fort Zumwalt, Orchard Farm, Hazelwood, and Parkway. The judges are from California, Colorado, Portland, Oregon and Indianapolis, said Ryan Curtis, associate professor of music and director of bands at Lindenwood University.
“The high school competition lets students see what Lindenwood has to offer,” Curtis said. “We’re able to bring top-notch judges from around the country to provide comments the bands can use for future events.”
The Lindenwood Lion Pride marching band will perform at approximately 12:15 p.m. The theme of the Lions Pride’s performance is called “Conversations in Creativity” which is based on multiple dance movements from various artists.
General admissions tickets for the marching band championships can be purchased at Hunter Stadium on the day of the event. The cost to attend is $10 for adults and $5 for children, military veterans and senior citizens. Children 5 and under are free.