The Wolverine Marching Band will host the Grove City College Marching Band Festival at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Robert E. Thorn Field on campus.
Six high school bands, 750 musicians and their band directors will showcase their music and moves. Each band is allotted 20 minutes on the field to warm up and perform and a panel of judges will provide constructive criticism. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5:45 p.m.
Participating schools include West Middlesex High School, Sharpsville High School, Grove City High School, Slippery Rock High School, Penn Hills High School and Pine Richland High School.
“We are also pleased to provide an opportunity for our and surrounding community members to see a wonderful display of marching band performances,” Grove City College Director of Bands Andrew Erb said. “This may be the first time that many of these students have been on our campus, and we are excited to show them our beautiful athletic field facilities and campus.”
The Wolverine Marching Band will also perform. Members hope some of the participating high school musicians will consider continuing their musical education at Grove City College.
“It is neat to think about the fact that these high school students could one day be one of my college band mates and carry on the program that I care so deeply about,” Grove City College Drum Major Sarah Dawson ’21, a Pine Richland alumna, said
Concessions will be available. Spectators are asked to park at Carnegie Alumni Center, Rathburn Hall or the Physical Learning Center parking lots. There will be limited handicapped parking available in the Field House lot and a handicapped drop-off location in the loop by Carnegie.