42 bands to perform at Central States Marching Festival

By The Mercury

Take a bye, football. It’s a day just for bands as Kansas State University hosts the 27th Central States Marching Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The university’s Central States Marching Festival has grown into the premier marching band festival in the state of Kansas and the region, according to Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University.

“This is the largest Central States Marching Festival that K-State has ever had with 42 bands performing, 22 bands taking part in a special clinic, and all the bands being adjudicated and critiqued by nationally recognized band directors,” Tracz said. “This is a tremendously positive event for all attending, including band directors, staff and students from all over Kansas.”

Performances will start at 11:15 a.m. and end at 9:15 p.m. with an exhibition performance of “Les Mis” from the Kansas State University Marching Band before closing ceremonies. Each high school will take the field and perform for 15 minutes. Individual mini-clinics by members of the video critique panel will immediately follow each performance. A videotape of performances will be used to assist in the review of each band’s show. Emphasis will be on the positive aspects of each performance with suggestions for improvement.

Admission for the day is $5; the festival is free to Kansas State University students with their student ID.

“The festival is unique in that is does not rank bands, but instead evaluates them according to a national standard rubric as either superior, excellent or good,” Tracz said. “It is an extremely strong musical and educational event for all. Our K-State students are a major component in running the event and, in turn, get an amazing experience.”

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