More than 2,000 students from 37 schools will compete Saturday in the 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival.
The event will feature both a parade competition and a field competition.
As the host, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays will give exhibition performances in both events, but will not be eligible for awards.
WHS Band Director Ryan Lovell said the festival is a major undertaking and more than 200 volunteers, including parents, staff and others, will help to put it on.
The parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. WHS will be the last entry and should step off at approximately 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at Main and Cedar streets and proceed east on Main to Jefferson street. It will turn south on Jefferson to east on Eighth Street and end at Eighth and Sunnyside streets.
The bands will require the full width of the street, so parking restrictions will apply along the route Saturday from 7:30 until about 11 a.m. or the end of the parade.
The lineup for the parade is as follows:
Class Middle School — Linn Middle School.
Class F — Chamois Junior High and High School, Linn High School, New Haven High School and Russellville High School.
Class E — Maries R-2 High School, Fatima High School and Clopton High School.
Class D — Mansfield High School, Maries R-1 High School, South Callaway High School and Steelville High School.
Class C — Bourbon High School, Valley Park High School, Hermann High School and Hartville High School.
Class B — Cuba High School, Bayless High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.
Class A — Troy Buchanan High School.
The parade awards will be announced at about 1:50 p.m. at the high school.
The field competition lineup and performance times are as follows:
Prelims Class E — Laquey High School, 11:30 a.m.; Clopton High School, 11:44 a.m.; Grandview R-2 High School, 11:58 a.m.; and South Callaway High School, 12:12 p.m.
Prelimns Class A — Eureka High School, 12:26 p.m. (Performing at this time due to a Homecoming conflict.)
Prelims Class D — Hermann High School, 12:40 p.m.; North Callaway High School, 12:54 p.m.; Owensville High School, 1:08 p.m.; St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, 1:22 p.m.; and Living Word Christian, 1:36 p.m.
Parade awards will be announced at 1:50 p.m.
Prelims Class C — Windsor C-1 High School, 2:04 p.m.; Waterloo High School, 2:18 p.m.; Union High School, 2:32 p.m.; and Wentzville High School, 2:46 p.m.
Prelims Class B — Warrenton High School, 3 p.m.; Farmington High School, 3:14 p.m.; Fort Zumwalt East High School, 3:28 p.m.; and Rolla High School, 3:42 p.m.
The judges will take a short break at 3:56 p.m.
Prelims Class A — Seckman High School, 4:10 p.m.; Francis Howell North High School, 4:24 p.m.; Troy Buchanan High School, 4:38 p.m.; and Francis Howell High School, 4:52 p.m.
The prelim awards for all classes will be announced and the finalists 1 through 10 will perform beginning at 6:45 p.m. and continuing until 8:51 p.m.
The WHS Marching Blue Jays will then give an exhibition performance at 9:05 p.m. followed by the announcement of final awards.
There will be an admission charge for the field competition and award ceremonies. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Seniors and children under 5 get in free.
Shuttles will be used to transfer spectators from parking at the Mercy Medical Building parking garage. These shuttles will take passengers to and from the Washington High School campus only. The shuttles will not provide transportation to or from the parade route.
The shuttles will run from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.