The Floyd Central Highlander Band and Emerald Guard will host their 24th consecutive annual Marching Band Invitational, Saturday, September 27, at Ron Weigleb Field, adjacent to the Floyd Central Campus, in Floyds Knobs.
Gates open at 3pm and the first band takes the performance field at 4:30pm.
With the instillation of artificial turf this summer at Floyd Central, the invitational has attracted twenty premiere Southern Indiana and Kentucky bands competing for the coveted Endris Sweepstakes Grand Champion Trophy.
Several ISSMA and KMEA State Class Champions will perform, including Shawe Memorial, Charlestown, Southwestern, Salem, New Albany, Corydon Central, Henryville, Eastern (Pekin), Crawford County, Madison Consolidated, Bedford-North Lawrence, North Harrison, Scottsburg, Springs Valley, Forest Park, Jeffersonville, Bloomington South, Meade County (KY), and Columbus North. Floyd Central’s own Highlander Band and Emerald Guard will perform in exhibition at 9:53pm.
Admission is $6 for ages five and older.
Children under the age of 5 are, as always, free.
The Band Boosters will host the concession stand, including home-made favorites like their Pork BBQ Sandwich, Chicken and Dumplings, and Chili.
Papa John’s will have their own pizza ovens on site to serve fresh, hot pizza by the slice.
Photo provided by Vickie Saewert
The Eastern band competed Saturday at Paoli in Class 2A. The Marching Musketeers were first overall and also won Best Music, tied for Best Visuals. The EHS band will be back in action this weekend at Floyd Central as well as many other bands from schools throughout Southern Indiana.