BY CAROL ROEHM email@example.com
---- — DANVILLE – An annual tradition that draws the community to Danville High School is set for next Saturday.
The Danville High School Instrumental Music Boosters will host the 40th annual Danville Viking Invitational Marching Band competition from 4-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Ned Whitesell Field.
DHS band director Kent Krause said the competition was moved to the evening this year because “the schools had less conflicts that way.”
Thirteen visiting bands from across central Illinois will perform 7- to 11-minute shows during the competition. The first band performs at 4 p.m., with an awards presentation at 8:15 p.m.
“It’s fantastic and it celebrates the students who work very hard ... no matter what school they attend,” Krause said. “It’s a great community event.”
Each of the 13 bands will compete and be evaluated by a panel of music professionals on the musical and visual aspects of their performance.
Longtime Danville band director Jon Dugle, who will be one of the judges at the competition, will be recognized at the event for his contributions to the music heritage at DHS.
“We’re very excited about that. He was very successful during his tenure here,” Krause said of Dugle. “A lot of students’ parents had him as a band director.”
The DHS marching band, Band of Vikings, will perform at 8 p.m. at the end of the competition, but will not be eligible to win any awards because it is the exhibition band.
The DHS marching band’s theme is Americana, Krause said. The title of the band’s performance is “Postcards: An American Journey, Featuring the Music of Craig Fitzpatrick.”
First-, second- and third-place awards will be given in four classes of bands — A, AA, AAA and AAAA.
Krause said this year AAAA was added to the various classes of bands because “we wanted bands to be evaluated by comparable band size.”
Awards will be given in the categories of music general effect, visual general effect, ensemble and individual.
Awards also will be given for best musical performance, best visual performance, outstanding color guard and outstanding percussion.
Tickets are available at the door for $3 for children, students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. A variety of concessions also will be available for purchase, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, Subway sandwiches and nachos.
“Grab a brat and watch your favorite band,” Krause said.
The Danville invitational is an important fundraiser for the DHS marching band.
“We use the money to operate the instrument music department and to purchase music and hire clinicians and staff members to work with the kids,” Krause said.
The money raised through admission to the competition also will go toward uniforms, instrument repair and replacing equipment used to transport the instruments.
DHS band members and their parents also play a significant role in the invitational that day as well, running the concessions and setting up and tearing down the venue.
“It’s almost entirely parent-run,” Krause said of the event. “We couldn’t run this without the help of the parents.
“It’s the entire music family from the high school and the middle schools that help out,” he added. “Everyone comes together.”
If you go The 40th annual Danville Viking Invitational Marching Band competition will run from 4-8:30 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 28, at Ned Whitesell Field. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens at the door.