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Festival of Bands USA
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
10/06/2018

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 8:00 a.m. with over 35 bands, parade route to be announced.
The Preliminary Field competition gets underway at 10:15 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 9:15 a.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.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults - $15
Students - $10
Children 5 and Under - Free

ADJUDICATORS

Ryan Miller
Aaron Musser
Dave Armbruster
Albert Lo
Dan Sailer
Ben Firkus
Matt Hartwell
Rhonda Blaser
Eric Haenfler
Steve Lyons
Todd Blaser
Shane Macklin
Paul Rennick

Participating Bands

2018 RESULTS

PARADE
Class A
1. Beresford, SD
2. Adrian, MN
3. Murray County Central, MN
Participation - Tracy Area, MN
Participation - Menno, SD
Participation - George-Little Rock, IA
Participation - Gregory, SD
Participation - Boyden-Hull, IA
Participation - Dell Rapids, SD

Class AA
1. West Central, SD
2. Sioux Falls Christian, SD
3. Tea Area, SD
Superior - Lennox, SD
Superior - Chamberlain, SD
Superior - Pipestone Area, MN
Superior - Luverne, MN

Class AAA
1. Waseca, MN
2. Brandon Valley, SD
3. Brookings, SD

Class AAAA
1. Worthington, MN

FIELD PRELIMS
Class A
1. McCook Central, SD

Class AA
1. Rochester Lourdes, MN
2. West Lyon, IA
3. West Central, SD
Superior - Lennox, SD
Superior - Sibley-Ocheyedan, IA
Superior - Madison, SD
Participation - Luverne, MN
Participation - Pipestone Area, MN
Participation - Chamberlain, SD

Class AAA
1. Brandon Valley, SD
2. Waseca, MN
3. Brookings, SD
Superior - Mitchell, SD
Superior - Huron, SD
Superior - MOC-Floyd Valley, IA
Participation - Yankton, SD

Class AAAA
1. Marshall, MN
2. Irondale, MN
3. Norfolk, NE
Superior - Harrisburg, SD
Superior - Aberdeen Central, SD
Superior - Sioux City North, IA
Superior - Sioux City East, IA

FIELD FINALS
76.70 Marshall, MN (Winds)
74.00 Irondale, MN (Percussion, Guard)
73.85 Waseca, MN
69.70 Brandon Valley, SD
68.20 Rochester Lourdes, MN
67.80 Brookings, SD (Drum Majors)
65.30 Mitchell, SD
64.90 West Lyon, IA
64.40 MOC-Floyd Valley, IA
62.20 Norfolk, NE

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – Beresford, SD
POPPLERS MUSIC “SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL” AWARD – West Lyon, IA

SWEEPSTAKES – PARADE: Waseca, MN
SWEEPSTAKES – FIELD: Marshall, MN
OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION: Waseca, MN

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alexandra Hoffman

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