Marching bands line up for Bluffton invitational

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Homestead High School’s Open Class A marching band will present the show “Of Fire and Ice” at the On the Banks of the Wabash marching band festival Sept. 9 at Bluffton High School. The Spartan Alliance Marching Band drum majors are (from left): Noah Holtsclaw, junior; Samuel Bostater, senior; Brody Wadkins, senior; Alexander Juliano, senior; and Caitlyn Klinepeter, senior. PHOTO BY GARTH SNOW

Homestead High School’s Open Class A marching band will present the show “Of Fire and Ice” at the On the Banks of the Wabash marching band festival Sept. 9 at Bluffton High School. The Spartan Alliance Marching Band drum majors are (from left): Noah Holtsclaw, junior; Samuel Bostater, senior; Brody Wadkins, senior; Alexander Juliano, senior; and Caitlyn Klinepeter, senior.
PHOTO BY GARTH SNOW

Twenty-one high school marching bands will perform Saturday, Sept. 9, at the On the Banks of the Wabash marching band festival at Bluffton High School.

Bluffton Bengal Brigade director Jim Bueter released the festival schedule Wednesday.

Most area bands will debut their 2017 shows at Bluffton.

Bluffton High School can be reached from Wayne Street in southeast Bluffton, about 30 miles south of Fort Wayne. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Food concessions will be available.

Each band is allotted 13 minutes to set up, perform and exit the field. Gaps in the following schedule are for awards presentations and breaks.

Scholastic B: Heritage, 3:30 p.m.

Scholastic A: Bishop Dwenger, 3:43; Wayne, 3:56; New Haven, 4:09; Columbia City, 4:22; Northrop, 4:35; Snider, 4:48.

Open D: Whitko, 5:14 p.m.; Eastside, 5:27; Adams Central, 5:40; Woodlan, 5:53.

Open C: Garrett, 7:24; Concordia Lutheran, 7:37; Angola, 7:50; Norwell, 8:03.

Open B: Marion, 8:29; Huntington North, 8:42; East Noble, 8:55; DeKalb, 9:08.

Open A: Homestead, 9:21.

Host Bluffton does not compete for trophies but performs in exhibition at 9:34 p.m.

Band fans will have several other opportunities to attend festivals as the season unfolds. Snider High School has partnered with the University of Saint Francis for the Parade of Champions, at USF on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The University of Saint Francis Marching Pride will perform in exhibition prior to the awards ceremony.

Northrop High School will present the Big Orange Pride invitational, beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Homestead High School will continue the Homestead Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30. Many bands participating that day will return Saturday, Oct. 7, for the Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Class preliminaries and Open Contest.

Watch for details at INFortWayne.com, at In Fort Wayne on Facebook, and in the IN|fw community newspapers.