Marching bands meet at DakotaDome Oct. 15

Marching bands meet at DakotaDome Oct. 15
The University of South Dakota will host The Quad State Marching Competition from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the DakotaDome. Twenty-four high school bands from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota will compete in field marching competition.

The event offers four classes of competition which are based on school enrollment in grades nine through 12. Admission is $6 for high school student and adults, $3 for K-8 grade students. Preschool children may attend for free.�

Judges for the competition are William Ballenger form Lubbock, TX; Todd Blazer from Alexandria, MN; Kim Cosen from Owatonna, MN; Eric Haenfler from Gilbert, AZ; David Haugen from Sioux Falls; and Steve Lyons from Champlin Park, MN.������

Trophies will be awarded to the first three places in each class of field competition with a sweepstakes trophy being awarded for the outstanding performance of the day. Plaques will also be awarded for best drum major, color guard, drum line and horn line in each class.� �����������

For more information, please contact Dr. Lawrence Mitchell, festival director, in the Department of Music at USD, at 605-677-5726, or by email at

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