MARSHALL -?Playing against elite competitors with a musical selection it enjoys, the Marshall High School marching band will hit a high note in its performance season this weekend.
The Tigers are heading for St. Louis, Mo., today to attend Music for All's Bands of America Super Regional Championships, a two-day regional event in which up to 60 bands attend. The preliminary competition will result in 12-14 bands advancing to finals.
"It's a chance for the band to get better by preparing to compete against the best of the best," said Wayne Ivers, the MHS band director.
This weekend's event in St. Louis has attracted bands from throughout the region including Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
"This is one of the biggest competitions a marching band can attend," Ivers said. "We're competing on a national level. The band has to really concentrate because they know the caliber of the bands they are competing against."
Ivers said he has talked to other band directors and they say they come to the Bands of America events because "they can see how much better their bands get year after year."
The Tigers are set to perform Saturday afternoon.
After a 12-hour bus ride today, the band members will get to sleep in Saturday, have breakfast and have a bit of leisure time before meeting for lunch and getting prepared for its 2:45 p.m. performance time.
"We have to report a good two hours ahead of time," Ivers said.
The performance is called "Rite and Ritual" which is comprised of a combination of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and the British alternative rock band Coldplay's "Paradise."
"The kids enjoy playing it," said Ivers.