WAUNAKEE, Wis. (October 5, 2016) – Over 30 high school bands from across the state will march onto the UW-Whitewater campus on Saturday, October 15 for the 32nd annual Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Marching Band Championships at Forrest Perkins Stadium, starting at 12 p.m. Click here for schedule.
“This event brings thousands of people together to support and celebrate the musicianship, art, creativity, dedication and achievement of marching bands from all over our state,” said Tim Schaid, WSMA executive 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. Bands have a variety of entry options. While the majority chooses to march in a competitive class, they may also choose Comments Only (no ratings given or announced), Non-Competitive (numbered score is given but not announced) or Festival Class (award divisions I-IV are given similar to WSMA’s renowned Concert Festival rating system.) The UW-Whitewater Warhawk Band and 132nd Badger Brass Band will each present two exhibition performances at the event. 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, Dr. Glenn C. Hayes 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. Hayes has been integral to the face of marching band in Wisconsin for decades. He not only directs the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band, but he also hosts and helps organize the WSMA State Marching Band Championships held at UW-Whitewater. His dedication and contributions help make this event possible. In addition, Hayes’ love of music as well as his love of marching inspires his music students (future music educators) to pass that same passion onto their students throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Family, friends and community members are invited to attend the 2016 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.