MCBA Preview: 10/29/11

Saturday, October 29, 2011 marks the last competition of the regular MCBA season for the year. Lakeland, Plymouth Canton, and Reeths-Puffer host the 58 MCBA bands that are trying to earn one of the 44 spots in this year’s MCBA State Finals, which are November 5th. 


Huron Valley Invitational

Lakeland hosts the Huron Valley Invitational at their campus, located at 1630 Bogie Lake Road in White Lake.  If you attended Bands Across the Valley, you should be familiar with how the schedule line-up is. First is Flight IV, starting at 2:00pm with Bentley. Flight III begins at 3:30, and Flight IV and III awards are at 6:00pm. Wyandotte Roosevelt starts Flight II at 6:45, and Flight I begins with West Bloomfield at 8:15. Awards for Flight II and I are at 10:00pm. The Huron Valley Invitational is the largest single-circuit competition of the year (not counting MCBA state), with 26 bands performing.  The complete schedule is located here.


Great Lakes Invitational

The Plymouth Canton Marching Band (PCMB) hosts their annual Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday. This is actually the smallest MCBA competition this weekend, with 11 total bands performing. Held at the Educational Park, which is located at 8415 N. Canton Center in Canton, the event begins at 5:00pm with a performance of the National Anthem by Plymouth Canton Middle School Students. Competition starts at 5:15, with Woodhaven performing in Flight II. Woodhaven is followed by 4 more Flight II bands and a break. Flight I starts at 6:45 with Grand Blanc. PCMB performs in exhibition at 8:00, with awards at 8:30. The full line-up is available here.


West Shore Invitational

In a unique situation of cross-flight camaraderie, Reeths-Puffer hosts their competition, the West Shore Invitational (also known as “RP @ Rockford”), at Rockford High School in Rockford. The address for Rockford’s High School is 4100 Kroes Street. This competition is very Flight IV heavy (presently, 11 of the Flight IV bands are from West Michigan). Kent City leads us into competition at 2:45pm, with Flight IV awards being at 5:35.

As was experienced at Jenison on 10/22, this large number of Flight IV bands draws a very large crowd. Luckily, the Flight IV awards ceremony is followed by a break, and competition does not resume until 6:30pm. We are still advising that Flight III supporters arrive early, though, to ensure that they have time to find a seat before competition resumes.

Fruitport opens competition in Flight III at 6:30pm. After a break at 7:45, Flight I begins with Hudsonville at 8:00. Jenison performs in Flight II at 8:45, with Reeths-Puffer’s exhibition performance at 9:00. Awards for Flights III, I, and II will be at 9:20pm. The entire line-up can be found here.



If you’re like us (the staff at Michigan Marching), we know you’ll be anxiously awaiting the posting of the Recaps and the CAS chart, along with the State Finals Schedule. We will let you know through our Social Media outlets when we find out that these are posted.

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