WAUNAKEE, Wis. (October 12, 2015) — Over 30 high school bands from across the state will march onto the UW-Whitewater campus on Saturday, October 17 for the 31st annual Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Marching Band Championships at Forrest Perkins Stadium, starting at 12 p.m.
“Thousands of people come together for the State Marching Band Championships to celebrate the accomplishments of the bands on the field. For every student involved it is a great lesson in teamwork, comradery, goal setting and achievement,” said Tim Wurgler, WSMA program director.
The WSMA State Marching Band Championships are divided into four entry classes determined by total school enrollment. Each band will perform for 15 minutes. A panel of eight judges will evaluate bands in five areas: music performance, visual performance, general effect, percussion and color guard. Bands will receive both a written critique and recorded comments from each judge for their performance. In addition to the competitive classes, there is a Novice Class, and a non-competitive “Festival Class,” which utilizes an adjudication process for ratings, similar to WSMA’s renowned Concert Festivals. The UW-Whitewater Warhawk Band will present two exhibition performances at the event, before the awards ceremonies. In each class, awards for Best Percussion, Best Musical Presentation, Best Visual Presentation and Best Color Guard will be presented, in addition to division awards and the top three awards in each class.
At this year’s championships, Harold Lorez (1928-1989) will be officially inducted into the WSMA Marching Band Hall of Fame, which is intended to recognize the contributions made by individuals to the marching activity in Wisconsin. Lorenz, who is the inaugural inductee, was respected for his vision and commitment to bring the WSMA State Marching Band Championships to fruition. Lorenz believed strongly that there should be a statewide culminating marching band event that brings all interested WSMA member schools together to perform on the same day at the same field. While on the WSMA Board of Directors and principal of Cudahy High School, he brought that belief into reality.
Family, friends and community members are invited to attend the 2015 WSMA State Marching Band Championships. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-17, senior citizens and undergraduate college students with valid college ID. Children five and under, free admission. For more information, including post-event results, visit www.wsmamusic.org.
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Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 100,000 students participate in over 220,000 events for WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships and Student Composition Project. WSMA, headquartered in the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, is governed by a board of directors made up of superintendents, principals and other officers from all over the state. WSMA believes music is a basic human need and that all children have the right to experience all that music offers them.