FAYETTE, Mo. – Saturday, Oct. 6, is Central Methodist University's annual Band Day, a non-stop musical event enjoyed by all. The Fayette streets and the CMU football field will be alive with music from mid-morning through early evening.
This year Band Day, sponsored by CMU's Swinney Conservatory of Music, will bring 41 high school bands to compete in street, field, color guard, and/or drum lines.
The parade of 36 street bands, led by the CMU Marching Eagles, begins at 9 a.m., wending its way down Church Street and around the Courthouse Square. Field competition for the 20 entrants begins at 12:45 p.m. on Davis Field.
Inside Puckett Field House, drum lines and color guards overlap other competitions. Drum line competition begins at 10:15 a.m. and color guard at 11 a.m.
Two awards ceremonies will take place. The first, at 4:15 p.m., will announce the winners of Class 1 and 2 awards, as well as Class 3 street awards. The second awards, following the field performance of the CMU band at 6:30, are slated for 6:45 p.m. Presentations will be for Class 3 field, drum line and color guard competitions; and all awards for Classes 4 and 5.
Scheduled to perform in one or more of the competitions are the following bands:
Class 1—Brashear HS, DeKalb HS, Glasgow HS, Keytesville R-III, Leeton R-X, North Shelby HS, Orrick HS, Polo R-VII HS, and Santa Fe HS.
Class 2—Belle HS, Fayette HS, Gallatin R-V, Knox County R-I, New Franklin HS, Paris HS, Salisbury R-IV HS, Smithton HS, Stoutland HS, Sweet Springs HS, Tipton HS, and Westran HS.
Class 3—Blair Oaks HS, California HS, Centralia HS, Dixon HS, Hallsville HS, Holden HS, Lafayette County C-1 (Higginsville), Macon HS, Sherwood HS, South Callaway R-II, and Southern Boone County.
Class 4—Boonville HS, Fulton HS, School of the Osage HS, St. Clair HS, and Warrensburg HS.
Class 5—Hannibal HS, Lebanon HS, Raymore-Peculiar HS, and Waynesville HS.
Both street and field competitions begin with the smallest class bands (class 1) and work up through the largest bands (class 5). Seven schools (from Classes 3 and 4) are slated to perform in all four individual events.