Sioux Falls will strike up the bands Saturday, October 6th, 2018 as host of the 31st Annual Festival of Bands, USA – one of the nation’s largest marching band events.
Considered one of the premier band festivals in the Midwest, this year’s Festival of Bands will feature over 35 bands with 4,000 students participating in parade and/or field competition! This event draws as many as 20,000 visitors from South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa to Sioux Falls to enjoy a full day of marching activities. Hosted by the Sioux Falls High School bands, all net proceeds from this great event are equally distributed to the four band departments.
The Parade competition always kicks off the big day at 8:30a.m. with over 35 bands, parade route to be announced.
The Preliminary Field competition gets underway at 10:00 a.m. at Howard Wood Field, with over 20 bands competing to advance to the Finals competition that evening at 6:00 p.m. Gates will open at 9:00a.m.
At the Parade and Preliminary Field events, bands compete in four classes for ratings and rankings, with nationally recognized judges offering evaluation and commentary to the competitors. At the evening Finals, the 10 highest scoring bands compete in one class with trophies going to the top five places.
The line-up schedules for participating bands can be found at http://www.marching.com and http://www.midwestmarching.com.
Admission to the Field competitions is by wristband only. Admission fees are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and children age 5 and under are free. Wristbands can be purchased in advance at all Lewis Drug locations in Sioux Falls and Brandon. On the day of the Festival, wristbands can be purchased from volunteers at the Parade and Howard Wood Field. Credit cards are accepted at the gate at Howard Wood Field.
2018 Line Up:
Adrian Marching Dragons
Watchdog Marching Band
Boyden-Hull High School Marching Band
Dell Rapids High School Marching Band
George-Little Rock High School Marching Mustangs
Gregory Marching Gorillas
Menno Marching Wolves
MCC Marching Rebels
Tracy Area High School Marching Band
Lennox Junior High Marching Band
McCook Central Marching Band
Oriole Pride Marching Band
Luverne Cardinal Marching Band
Pipestone Area Marching Arrows
Lourdes High School Marching Band
Spirit of SFC Marching Band
Tea Area High School Marching Band
Waseca Marching Jays
West Central Marching Trojans
The Spirit of Madison
"Wildcat" Marching Band
Brookings Bobcat Band
Huron Tiger Marching Band
Mitchell High School Marching Band
Panther Marching Band
YHS Marching Corps
Aberdeen Central High School Golden Eagles Marching Band
Brandon Valley Middle School Marching Band
Middle School Marching Lynx
Harrisburg High School Marching Band
Irondale Marching Knights
Lincoln High School Marching Band
Marshall Tiger Marching Band
Pride of the Panthers
Roosevelt High School Band
Washington Warrior Marching Band
Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band