UCM Hosts Annual Festival of Champions Band and Drum Line Competition

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Young musicians representing 29 high schools from Missouri and Kansas will participate in the 2013 Festival of Champions as the University of Central Missouri hosts the annual marching band and drum line competition at Audrey J. Walton Stadium Saturday, Oct. 19, according to a press release.
Preliminary marching band competition begins at 8 a.m. on Vernon Kennedy Field at Walton Stadium. After lunch from 11:25 a.m. to 1 p.m., preliminary competition resumes. The UCM Marching Mules will perform at 4:25 p.m., followed by the preliminary awards presentation. Finals competition begins at 6:30 p.m., with final awards scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m.
Indoor drum line competition begins at 10 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center, followed by indoor guard competition, which begins at 1:30 p.m., also in Student Recreation Center.
Missouri schools registered to compete include Southern Boone, William Chrisman, Cole Camp, Tipton, Centralia, Monett, Nevada, Raytown, Fort Osage, Warrensburg, Rock Bridge, Branson, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit West, Lee’s Summit North, Platte County, Truman, Blue Springs South, Willard, Raymore-Peculiar, Smithton, Adrian and Clinton.
Kansas schools competing include Winfield, Blue Valley Southwest, Topeka West, Shawnee Mission West, Olathe South, Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission South and Basehor Linwood.
The public is invited to attend all events. Admission is $13 for general admission and $5 for drum line and auxiliary events. Children under the age of six are admitted free. All proceeds will benefit the UCM Department of Music Scholarships Fund and the Ararat Shrine Temple Hospital Transportation Fund.
The 2013 Festival of Champions is hosted by the UCM Department of Music, the Department of Music Wind and Percussion areas, and the UCM Bands. Primary sponsors for the event are Meyer Music, Midwest Marching.com, the Ararat Shrine/Houn’ Dawg Club, Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
For more information regarding the 2013 Festival of Champions, contact Michael Sekelsky, Festival of Champions coordinator, at 660-543-4681, or visit the Festival of Champions website at www.ucmo.edu/music/bands/FOC.