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Volunteers Prepare for Saturday's Band Contest!

posted Sep 13, 2014, 11:42 AM by webmaster dhs   [ updated Sep 13, 2014, 11:43 AM ]

WATERLOO — The DeKalb High School marching band community has been working hard to prepare for the band’s annual invitational.

Gates open at DeKalb High School at 3 p.m. Saturday for the invitational, with the first band taking the field at 4 p.m. Adult tickets will cost $6, and student/senior tickets are priced at $4.

Including the DeKalb Baron Brigade, which will perform in exhibition before the final awards ceremony, 18 bands will perform at the event. DeKalb steps onto the field at 9:44 p.m. Local bands performing earlier are Eastside at 4:39 p.m., Garrett at 5:18 p.m. and East Noble at 9:05 p.m.

Robin Wessley, co-chair for the invitational, said slightly fewer bands are coming to the invitational this year, but about 200 volunteers are scheduled to help Saturday. Volunteers do everything from guiding bands from warm-up areas to performance areas to booking hotel rooms for judges.

“We have a lot of different types of categories,” Wessley said.

Money from band entrance fees and ticket sales will benefit the DeKalb band program in a number of ways, Wessley said. The money is used to buy props, transport and feed students and, more recently, replace a tire on the band’s semi truck that blew out.

Indiana State School Music Association marching band open classes A, B, C and D will be represented, as well as ISSMA scholastic classes A and B.

ISSMA open classes are determined by the size of the school rather than the size of the band, but bands with open class A- and B-size schools can compete in scholastic class A if the band has 124 or fewer members. Similarly, bands with open class C- and D-size schools can compete in scholastic class B if the band has 65 or fewer members.

This is the first year the DeKalb Invitational will feature scholastic class competition, which will have its own awards. ISSMA introduced the new classes in 2013.

Baron Brigade Director Terry Fisher said the band still is working on getting the fourth and final movement of its 2014 show, “Find Your Fortune,” ready for the field. He said the band would perform only the first three movements of the show in exhibition Saturday night.

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Written by Jacob Klopfenstien