Here Comes CMU Band Day

Let the flags wave and the drums roll. Band Day is back.

Put on by the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University, Band Day welcomes bands, townspeople, and visitors for a day of marches, drum corps, parades, and field competitions. Band Day begins at 8:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, on the Courthouse Square.

This year, a total of 46 regional bands will participate in a variety of overlapping events. The CMU Marching Eagles Band will lead the parade of 41 marching bands down Church Street and around the Square.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., 27 bands will begin performing in the field competition. Small bands, Class 1, perform first. Class 2 will take the field around 12:15 p.m. Class 3 begins at 3 p.m. Class 4 starts at 5:30 p.m. Finally, Class 5 takes the field at 7 p.m.

Indoor Drum Line competition begins at 9:10 a.m. and ends at 1:40 p.m. It will 24 schools, and takes place in Puckett Field House.

Indoor Color Guard competition starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 3:40 p.m. with 26 schools in attendance. This competition will be held in the Philips-Robb Recreation Center.

Awards will be given at several times during the day. Class 1 and 2 awards will be announced at 2:45 p.m. on Davis Field. Class 3 honors will be announced at 5:15 p.m. Awards for Classes 4 and 5, along with the Drum Major and Sweepstakes Awards will be given at 7:30 p.m., following all performances plus a field show by the CMU Marching Eagles Band.

All events except the Field Competition will be free. The Field Competition at Davis Football Field is $3 for adults. All students get in free, as do CMU personnel.

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