Fall is in the air and the 17th Missouri Day Marching Festival is around the corner.
Fifty-four bands will be gathering in Trenton October 19 to take part in the evaluative events that are being provided the participating bands in parade, auxiliary, drumline, and field show. The Missouri State High School Activities Association has sanctioned this event.
The parade will start at 8:30 a.m. at Crowder and Main, continue south on Main to Ninth, then east on Ninth to Normal. Competing bands will exit at Normal so they can proceed quickly to the high school for the remainder of the morning and early afternoon auxiliary and drumline events that are scheduled in the Trenton High School Gymnasium starting around mid-morning. There is no admission charge for any of the events held in the gym.
Scheduled to get underway around mid-day will be the field show competition at the C.F. Russell stadium in Eastside Park. There will be an admission charge of $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children sixth grade and older. Children below the sixth grade will be admitted free. Gates at the football stadium will open shortly before the first field band.
The fifty-four schools scheduled to take part in the marching festival include: Albany, Benton of St Joseph, Braymer, Cameron, Carrollton, Center of Kansas City, Central of St Joseph, Chillicothe, DeKalb (deâ€™ cab), East Buchanan of Gower. Excelsior Springs, Fairfax, Fayette, Gallatin, Glasgow, Grandview, Grundy R-V of Galt, Hallsville, Kirksville, Lafayette of St Joseph, Lafayette County of Higginsville, LaPlata, Lathrop, Lawson, Leeton, Liberty North, Linn County of Purdin, Lone Jack, Macon, Maryville, Maysville, Moravia Iowa, Norborne, North Harrison of Eagleville, North Kansas City, North Platte of Dearborn, Oak Grove, Oak Park of Kansas City, Osborn, Park Hill of Kansas City, Pattonsburg, Pleasant Hill, Polo, Princeton, Putnam County of Unionville, Rock Port, Savannah, Smithville, South Harrison of Bethany, Staley of North Kansas City, Stanberry, Sweet Springs, West Platte of Weston, and Winnetonka of North Kansas City. Six schools are participating for the first time in the Missouri Day Marching Festival. They are Albany, Fairfax, North Harrison, Osborn, Pleasant Hill, and Stanberry. Trenton performs in exhibition.
A complete schedule of events will be announced the week of October 14th.
Questions or comments regarding the Missouri Day Marching Festival may be directed to Buddy Hannaford, Festival Manager, at 359.2762.