Ready to March!

The Marching Blue Jays, under the direction of Director Troy Bunkley, will host the 45th annual Washington Band Festival this Saturday. Senior members are pictured above as other band members practice behind them. The festival will feature both parade and field competitions. A total of 29 schools and 1,800 students will compete.      Missourian Photo.

Some 1,800 students from 29 schools will compete Saturday in the Washington Marching Band Festival.

Several area high schools will be among the bands competing, including St. Francis Borgia Regional, New Haven, Sullivan, Hermann and Warrenton.

The 45th annual festival is hosted by Washington High School. The Marching Blue Jays will perform in both the band and field events, but will not be judged.

The parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Downtown Washington.

The parade lineup is as follows:

Junior High Division — Valley Park Middle School and High School and Linn Junior High.

Class D — Galena, Vienna, Louisiana, Cabool, Linn, Fordland, New Haven and Elsberry.

Class C — Bismarck/Valley, Bourbon, Clever, Cuba, Hermann and Fatima.

Class B — Wright City, Bayless, Sullivan and St. Francis Borgia Regional.

Class A — Troy Buchanan.

The final band in the parade will be the WHS Marching Blue Jays.

The parade will begin at Main and Cedar streets and proceed east on Main to Jefferson Street. It will turn south on Jefferson to Eighth Street and end at Eighth at 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.

Field Contest

The field competition will be held at Rauch Field at Washington High School. It will get under way at 12:15 p.m.

The field schedule is as follows:

Prelims Class C — Wright City, 12:15 p.m.; St. Francis Borgia Regional, 12:30 p.m.; Sparta, 12:45 p.m.; and Hermann, 1 p.m.

Prelims Class B — Windsor, 1:30 p.m.; Sullivan, 1:45 p.m.; Warrenton, 2 p.m.; and Waterloo, 2:15 p.m.

Prelims Class A — Jefferson City, 2:30 p.m.; Republic, 2:45 p.m.; Troy Buchanan, 3 p.m.; Cape Central, 3:15 p.m.; and Rolla, 3:30 p.m.

The prelim awards will be announced at 4 p.m. followed by a dinner break at 4:15 p.m.

The finals will begin at 6 p.m. and run through 7:45 with eight bands competing.

At 8 p.m., the Marching Blue Jays will perform and then the final awards will be presented at 8:15 p.m.

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.

Programs will be available to purchase for $3 at both the parade and field competitions.

Spectators are reminded that no parking will be allowed along the shoulders of Highway 47. People may park along Fourteenth Street or use the parking available at the shuttle parking lot.

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 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.