39th marching band competition Saturday

39th marching band competition Saturday

DANVILLE — More than a dozen bands from downstate Illinois are set to compete in the 39th annual Viking Invitational Marching Band Competition at Danville High School on Saturday.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held on Ned Whitesell Field at the high school, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Admission is $6 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m., and the competition begins at 1 p.m. Danville High's Band of Vikings will perform in exhibition at 4:45 p.m., and the awards ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m.

A variety of food and drinks will be available for purchase.

"I've heard this is always a wonderful event that is well-supported by the community," said Kent Krause, who is in his first year as director of the high school's instrumental music department.

"We have some fantastic bands that will be competing this year, and we have a fantastic panel of judges. The weather is supposed to be great, so we hope that a lot of people will come out to watch them perform."

Each band has a 15-minute time slot. They are from the following schools: Mount Carmel; Bismarck-Henning; Heritage in Homer; Okaw Valley in Bethany; Georgetown-Ridge Farm; St. Joseph-Ogden; Paris Cooperative; Hoopeston Area; Coal City; Paxton-Buckley-Loda; Urbana; Normal Community; and Champaign Central.

Krause said the Band of Vikings will perform its show called "Latin Images," which features music from different Latin countries.

"We are small but mighty," Krause said of the band, which has 59 members this year. "I've just really been impressed by the work ethic and talent of the students. They're fantastic."

The band competition is the high school's instrumental music booster's largest fundraiser of the year. The group uses the money to buy instruments, sheet music, uniforms and more.

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