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26th Annual Heart of America Marching Band Festival on Oct. 21

Monday, October 16, 2017

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas, Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association and Meyer Music are proud to host 22 bands Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at the 26th Annual Heart of America Marching Festival.

Bands will travel to Lawrence from across Kansas and Missouri. A panel of seven adjudicators will provide scores and comments to the participating bands.

Heart of America is well-known across the Midwest.

“Many schools plan their marching seasons around Heart of America. It provides the kids with a great opportunity to see what other schools are doing, put forth their best efforts to compete and return to their high schools recharged and ready to build excitement on their home fields,” said Matt Smith, director of the KU Marching Jayhawks. “The Marching Jayhawks hope that the high school competitors see them at the festival;and decide to march on the field at Memorial Stadium.”

For those interested in attending the festival, the first performance begins at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium on the University of Kansas campus. The Marching Jayhawks will perform at 7:45 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 for students and senior citizens, pre-school aged children are free.

In addition to the great music and performances, there will be concessions and vendors available for food and souvenirs.

The competition schedule is as follows:

1:30 p.m.  Basehor Linwood HS
1:45 p.m.  Bishop Carroll Catholic HS
2:00 p.m.  Wichita East HS
2:15 p.m.  Raytown South HS
2:30 p.m.  Center HS
2:45 p.m.  Emporia HS
3:00 p.m.  Goddard HS
3:15 p.m.  Raytown HS
3:45 p.m.  Blue Valley HS
4:00 p.m.  Lawrence Free State HS
4:15 p.m.  Topeka West HS
4:30 p.m.  Lee’s Summit HS
4:45 p.m.  Liberal HS
5:00 p.m.  Lawrence HS
5:15 p.m.  Derby HS
6:00 p.m.  Washburn Rural HS
6:15 p.m.  Blue Valley North HS
6:30 p.m.  Olathe South HS
6:45 p.m.  Olathe North HS
7:00 p.m.  Olathe East HS
7:15 p.m.  Buhler HS
7:30 p.m.  Olathe Northwest HS
7:45 p.m.  KU Marching Jayhawks
8:15 p.m.  Awards Ceremony


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