October 17, 2015

This Saturday is October 17, 2015. In the world of Michigan Marching arts, that means another Marching-filled Saturday. Outside of our site, it’s apparently National Pasta Day, Sweetest Day, and even “Wear Something Gaudy” Day! We may not recommend carbo-loading before a competition, but afterwards? I could go for some nice hot pasta to warm up after what is likely to be a cold day. Parents – let’s wear some gaudy clothes and show our Michigan Marchers that they’re the Sweetest to us! [I apologize for my lame jokes.]


Allendale’s competition is in its inaugural year. Seven bands will be competing at this contest, which starts at 6:00 PM. Allendale is located at 10760 68th Avenue, in Allendale, MI 49401. Allendale performs in Exhibition at 8:15 PM. Awards for all classes is at 8:30. Click here for more information.


18 bands are competing at Brandon’s contest in Ortonville this Saturday (1025 S. Ortonville Rd., Ortonville, MI 48462). The contest begins at 10:20 AM. Class D, C, and B perform, and their awards ceremony will be at 1:00 PM. Class A begins at 1:30 PM, followed by AA. Brandon’s exhibition performance is at 4:00 PM, with Awards for Classes A and AA at 4:15. Click here for more information.


Lakeshore High School, in Stevensville (5771 Cleveland Avenue, Stevensville, MI 49127) is the largest Scholastic contest this Saturday. With 20 bands in competition, the event begins at 2:30 PM. Awards for Class D and C bands will be at 5:30 PM. Class B begins at 6:00 PM, with their awards at 8:00.

Things get a little crunched on the schedule, as Class A is scheduled to begin at 8:15. Given a 15 minute break may not be fully enough for an Awards ceremony, we’re advising Class A bands fans to arrive early! Class B fans? You may want to consider staying a little longer, and watching a band or two before you leave. Whatever the case, let us make sure we give all bands our respect and do not enter or exit stands during any bands’ performance. (We’re hoping this may be a mistake and that this 15 minute block may end up being a break. We’ll keep you updated with more information.)

Class A is followed by AA, and then Lakeshore’s exhibition performance (9:00). Awards for A and AA will be at 9:15 PM.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Family tickets are $20 (max 2 adults), and programs are available for $1. Click here for more information.


In the land of MCBA, Belding hosts their annual competition in Belding, MI. 15 bands are in competition at this contest, located at 850 Hall St., Belding, MI 48809. The contest begins at 3:15 PM. Flight II kicks off competition, followed by Flight III. Awards for Flights II and III will be at 5:45 PM. Belding’s Flight, Flight IV, begins at 7:00 PM. Multi-time Flight III State Champion, Ferndale, performs first, followed by Howard City Tri-County, who is new to MCBA this year. Belding’s exhibition performance at 8:45 wraps up Flight IV, and Awards for Flight IV will be presented at 9:15 PM.

Tickets are $8 for Adults, and $6 for Students and Seniors. An important note: a majority of parking for Belding is located across the street from the stadium, and often spills into the surrounding neighborhood. There are some hills, and some parking may end up being a distance. Arriving early to have plenty of time to get to the stadium and find a seat before your band’s performance. The extra walking means more pasta later! [This refers to an earlier lame joke. I have been informed that I have a “problem”…] Click here for more information.

Bands Across the Valley

Highland Milford’s competition is hosted at Lakeland High School, in White Lake, MI (1630 Bogie Lake Rd., White Lake, MI 48383). In addition to two exhibition performances, 13 bands will be competing. The invitational starts at 4:50 PM. Competition begins at 5:00 with Flight III, followed by Flight I at 6:15. Lakeland performs in exhibition at 7:45 PM. Competition continues with Flight II starting at 8:45. Milford’s exhibition performance is at 9:00. Awards for all Flights will be at 9:30 PM. Tickets follow the MCBA prices: $8 for Adults, $6 for Students and Seniors. Click here for more information.

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