Thirty-one schools and about 2,200 students will compete this Saturday in the 50th annual Washington Marching Band Festival.
“This festival is our 50th and dedicated to the founder, Gene Hunt,” said Ryan Lovell, Washington High School band director.
The event will feature both a parade competition in the morning and a field competition in the afternoon and evening.
As the host, the WHS Marching Blue Jays will give exhibition performances in both events, but will not be eligible for awards.
Lovell said the festival is a major undertaking with more than 250 volunteers, including parents, staff and others, helping to put it on.
The parade, featuring 19 bands, will begin at 8:30 a.m. WHS will be the last entry.
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 and Borgia Regional Grade School.
Class A — Hartville High School, Russellville High School, Linn High School and Maries R-1 High School.
Class AA — Bourbon High School, Fayette High School, New Haven High School and Valley Park High School.
Class AAA — Bayless High School, Cuba High School, Fatima High School (Osage County R-III), and Hermann High School.
Class AAAA — Potosi High School, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Sullivan High School and Waynesville High School.
The field competition lineup and performance times are as follows:
Prelims Class A — Fayette High School, noon; Grandview R-2 High School, 12:15 p.m.; Winfield High School, 12:30 p.m.; Hermann High School, 12:45 p.m.; and North Callaway High School, 1 p.m.
Prelims Class AA — Owensville High School, 1:15 p.m.; Waterloo High School, 1:30 p.m.; Sullivan High School, 1:45 p.m.; St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, 2 p.m.; De Soto High School, 2:15 p.m.; and Potosi High School, 2:30 p.m.
Parade awards will be announced at 2:45 p.m.
Prelims Class AAA — Windsor High School, 3 p.m.; Rolla High School, 3:15 p.m.; and Fort Zumwalt East High School, 3:30 p.m.
Prelims Class AAAA — Alton High School, 3:45 p.m.; Battle High School, 4 p.m.; Eureka High School, 4:15 p.m.; Mehlville High School, 4:30 p.m.; and Waynesville High School, 4:45 p.m.
Prelim awards will be announced for all classes at 5:15 p.m.
The top eight finalists will then perform beginning at 6:30 p.m. and continuing every 15 minutes with finalist No. 8 performing at 8:15 p.m.
The WHS Marching Blue Jays will then give an exhibition performance at 8:30 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 $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children under 5 will get in free. The program will cost $5.
Shuttles will be used to transfer spectators from 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.