GH marching band to host invitational Saturday

Krystle Wagner • Sep 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Fourteen high school marching bands from across the state will perform this weekend at Grand Haven High School.

Community members can enjoy the 11th annual Marching Band Invitational at Buccaneer Stadium on Saturday. The first band will perform at 4:45 p.m. Gates will open an hour earlier.

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for senior citizens and students. Children younger than 5 are free. Programs are available for $5.

GHHS band director Iain Novoselich said he’s excited for the invitational.

“It is by far the largest invitational that we have had the pleasure to host,” he said.

Since Grand Haven is hosting the invitational, its band will perform but not compete for a score. The Bucs will perform at 8:45 p.m.

The concessions stand will be open throughout the evening.

In the Scholastic Marching Band contests, there’s a four-judge scoring system.

— In the music adjudication portion, bands can earn 30 points for music performance and 30 points for music effect, which accounts for about 60 percent of scoring. Adjudicators look at technique, tone quality/intonation, interpretation, musicianship, repertoire and musical effectiveness, Novoselich said.

— Visual adjudication accounts for about 40 percent of scoring. In that category, adjudicators look for marching accuracy, effectiveness, creativity and student coordination. Bands can earn 20 points for performance and 20 points for effect.

Novoselich said there are also captions for auxiliary and percussion, which can each receive 20 points. Although those points aren’t used toward the overall score, it’s used for awards such as Best in Class and Achievement of Excellence.

From the beginning of the season through the end, bands make continuous changes.

“These events are geared to drive the growth of every band, and to assist students and directors in making artistic choices that continuously refine their field show,” Novoselich said.

Novoselich said the Grand Haven school district’s band directors — himself, Brian Ambrose and Dustin Stoner — wouldn’t be able to produce the event without Amy Draper, the event’s co-chairperson, and the Grand Haven Band Boosters Association, which is led by Heidi Fairfield. Novoselich said they also couldn’t hold the event without the support of the district, administration, GHHS Principal Tracy Wilson and Superintendent Andy Ingall.

“We are looking forward to an outstanding night, and hope that folks from around the Tri-Cities and beyond venture out for a great night of music making,” Novoselich said.

Here’s a breakdown of when each high school band is slated to perform:

4:45 p.m.: River Valley

5 p.m.: Decatur

5:15 p.m.: Montague

5:30 p.m.: Oakridge

5:45 p.m.: Whitehall

6 p.m.: Fennville

6:30 p.m.: Kenowa Hills

6:45 p.m.: Fruitport

7 p.m.: Ionia

7:15 p.m.: Allendale

7:30 p.m.: Spring Lake

8 p.m.: Muskegon

8:15 p.m.: Wyoming

8:30 p.m.: Grand Ledge

8:45 p.m.: Grand Haven

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