Rockford Marching Band Invitational

Rockford Band Invitational to be held this Saturday

September 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Marching Band Invitational will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. Rockford’s band will host the event and perform in exhibition. Directed by Brian Phillips and led by drum majors John DeGuise, Jacob Hewitt, Ross Knoop and Christian Bomer, the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band will present its 2011 program entitled “Reactivity.” The gates will open at 1 p.m. The invitational will begin with the National Anthem at 2:40 p.m. The RHS marching band will perform in exhibition at 8:25 p.m., to be followed by the awards ceremony. Awards are given for the highest scores in each classification, and bands are ranked within their class. One band will receive the Grand Champion Award. Entrance fees are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors (age 60 and older), or $20 for a family of four or more. Senior Passes will not be honored, as this is a fundraiser for the band.

Rockford to host annual Marching Band Invitational

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

The sound of music filled the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18 as Rockford hosted the 28th annual Rockford Marching Band Invitational. This year, 21 bands took the field in competition with Rockford’s own performing in exhibition to close the evening of performances. RGates opened at 1 p.m. and the opening ceremony took place at 2 p.m. Admission fees for this band fundraiser were $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors, or $20 for a family of four or more. Senior passes are not honored at this event, due to being the main fundraiser of the year for the Rockford Public Schools band program. Bands were separated into different flight classes based on the total number of students in their school. Each performance was evaluated by a panel of judges for music performance, music effect, marching performance and their overall visual effect. The judges gave each band important feedback about its performance, recognizing achievements as well as suggesting modifications. Awards were given for the highest scores in each classification, and bands were ranked within their flight class. In addition, each band’s color guard and percussion section was also judged, but these scores were separate from the overall scoring. At the end of the evening, a grand champion for the invitational was also announced. Flight C competition began at approximately 2:05 p.m. and the music continued throughout the remainder of the day with Rockford closing the show at 8:45 p.m. with their “steel, steam and speed show,” followed by the final award presentations. Concessions were be available throughout the day. In addition, raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was also on sale. Proceeds from the car raffle help provide transportation costs for the band performances for all age groups, including the upcoming performance at Walt Disney World over Christmas break. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Tickets are also available at any home football game or at Kool Chevrolet on Plainfield Ave. in Grand Rapids. For more information, visit the Rockford band’s website at