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  • Blue Springs prepares for influx of high school marching bands

  • For 34 years, thousands of high school students, marching bands, parents and spectators have flocked to Blue Springs High School for the annual Marching Invitational.

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  • For 34 years, thousands of high school students, marching bands, parents and spectators have flocked to Blue Springs High School for the annual Marching Invitational.
    This year is no different.
    “I have been told that next to Fall Fun Fest, this is the largest event hosted in Blue Springs,” said Tim Allshouse, director of bands at Blue Springs High School. “The proceeds go to support the Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment but more importantly, the community will have an opportunity to see some amazing things from around the Midwest.”
    The 2012 Blue Springs High School Marching Invitational begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Peve Stadium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive in Blue Springs. Twenty-nine bands from five states will compete in the field show, drumline and color guard categories.
    Admission is $10, which includes preliminaries and finals. Parking is free.
    “We have an amazing parent committee, which certainly helps with many of the logistics,” Allshouse said. “The biggest challenge is just the pure number of people on the Blue Springs High School campus. Band folks are good folks, which makes it a lot easier to manage this massive crowd.”
    Each band will perform a field show with music, drill formations and routines by the color guard. Bands selected for finals include the high score from the 1A to 4A bands, the high score 5A band in preliminaries, the high score 6A band in preliminaries and then the next six highest scores from the 5A/6A classification. Trophies are also presented in areas such as outstanding drum major, outstanding soloist, outstanding visual performance and outstanding musical performance among others.
    The Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment does not compete during the festival, but will present an exhibition performance following finals.
    In addition, Allshouse said there are a few changes for this year’s festival. This includes a 32-page color program, a souvenir festival T-shirt and additional vendors. He said every year is considered “new” because the bands always have “new and creative twists to their productions.”
    “We try very hard to put on a first class event. We fly in judges from all over the country and find the top names in the activity to bring to Blue Springs. It really is not just a marching band contest, it is event,” Allshouse said. “From the time you walk through the gate you are literally transformed into another world. Although there is a ‘champion’ at the end of the day, a great amount of care is taken to try to make the event an amazing educational experience as well as making all participants feel like they are at the Olympics of marching band. Although it may sound ‘cliché’ it really is true that we want everyone to feel like winners.”
     
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