Marching band invitational set for Saturday

Krystle Wagner • Sep 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Marching bands from across West Michigan will perform this weekend at Grand Haven High School.

The Grand Haven Band Boosters Association is hosting the 12th annual Grand Haven Marching Band Invitational at Buccaneer Stadium on Saturday. The competition will run from 4:30-9 p.m.

Bands will compete in classes A, B, C and D. One Grand Champion will be awarded.

The bands will be judged on music performance, music effect, and visual performance and effect. There are also points for percussion and auxiliary that go toward Best in Class and for Achievement of Excellence awards, said GHHS Band Director Iain Novoselich.

About 60 percent of the scoring is comprised of music adjudication. Judges look for musicianship, tone quality, interpretation and musical effectiveness.

The remaining 40 percent of the score is comprised of visual adjudication. Judges look for group and individual marching accuracy, coordination, effectiveness and creativity.

Since Grand Haven is hosting the invitational, the Bucs band will not receive a score. However, they will close the show with a performance beginning at about 8:30 p.m.

As bands compete in invitationals, Novoselich said they receive feedback from judges around the state and they make adjustments to their shows throughout the season.

“These events are geared to drive the growth of every band, and to assist students and directors into making artistic choices that continuously refine their field show,” he explained.

Novoselich said the GHHS band directors — himself, Brian Ambrose and Dustin Stoner — wouldn’t be able to produce an event such as Saturday’s invitational without the undertaking of event co-chairperson Amy Draper, the Grand Haven Band Boosters Association led by President Heidi Fairfield, and the support of GHHS Principal Tracy Wilson and Superintendent Andy Ingall.

“We are looking forward to an outstanding night and hope that folks from around the Tri-Cities and beyond venture out for a great night of music making,” Novoselich said.

Adult tickets cost $7. Student and senior citizen tickets are $5. Ages 5 and younger get in free. Family pricing, with two adults maximum, is $22. Programs are available for $3.

Here’s a look at when the bands are slated to perform:

Class D

4:30 p.m. — Fulton High School

4:45 p.m. — River Valley High School

5 p.m. — Bangor High School

5:15 p.m. — Bridgman High School

Class C

5:45 p.m. — Oakridge High School

6 p.m. — Fennville High School

6:15 p.m. — Whitehall High School

Class B

6:45 p.m. — Kenowa Hills High School

7 p.m. — Fruitport High School

7:15 p.m. — Allendale High School

7:30 p.m. — Spring Lake High School

Class A

8 p.m. — Muskegon High School

8:15 p.m. — Reeths-Puffer High School

8:30 p.m. — Grand Haven High School

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