Scholastic Preview: 10/13/12

Saturday, October 13th marks the second-to-last competitive weekend for Scholastic events. This week, four Scholastic Competitions are being held: Grandville, Alma, Lakeshore, and DeWitt.


The Grandville Invitational begins at 9:40 AM with the playing of the National Anthem. Grandville High School is technically located at 4700 Canal Avenue SW in Grandville, but Spectators are required to use the Wilson Avenue entrance. There is unfortunately not an address for this, but it is located just North of Costco and has its own stoplight. The Costco address is 4901 Wilson Avenue Southwest, Wyoming, MI 49418.

Martin performs in Class D at 9:45 AM. Class C starts with Wyoming Godfrey-Lee at 10:00 AM and concludes with Kelloggsville, who performs at 11:00 AM. Class D and C Awards will be held at 11:15, followed by a lunch break.

Competition resumes at 12:15 PM when Spring Lake takes the field in Class B. At 1:15, there will be a 15 minute break. Following the break at 1:30, Wyoming kicks off Class A. Class AA begins as Chippewa Valley takes the field at 2:30 PM. East Kentwood performs in Class AA at 2:45, and Grandville performs “Incomplete” in Exhibition at 3:00 PM. Awards for Classes B, A, and AA will be at 3:15 PM.

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The Alma Invitational, hosted by and at Alma College, begins at 10:50 AM as the Kiltie Brass Ensemble performs the National Anthem. As this is held on a College Campus, parking may not be easily available. Plan to arrive early in case you find yourself having to find parking or walk to the Stadium. Alma’s address is 614 W. Superior St., Alma, MI 48801.

White Cloud performs in Class D at 11:00 AM. Breckenridge takes the field at 11:15 in Class C. Tri-County concludes Class C competition at 12:30 PM. At 12:45, there is a 45 minute break. Competition resumes at 1:15 PM with Shepherd in Class B. Oxford performs in Class A at 2:30 PM.

Following Oxford, there will be a 15 minute break prior to the Alma College Kiltie Marching Band’s exhibition performance (at 3:15 PM). Awards will occur at 3:30 PM.

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Gates open for the Lakeshore Marching Invitational, on Kohn-Lehmann Field at Al Stockman Stadium, at 1:00 PM. The official competition begins at 3:00 PM.

Class D starts at 3:00 PM with Cassopolis. Gobles’ performance at 4:30 concludes Class D. A 15 minute break will occur between classes at 4:45. Class C starts at 5:00, with Paw Paw, and concludes at 5:30 with Constantine. Awards for Class C and D will happen at 5:45 PM.

Competition resumes as Dowagiac takes the field in Class B at 6:15 PM. Class B concludes with Vicksburg’s second competitive appearance of the day at 7:45 PM. Another break is found at 8:00, and Class A starts at 8:15 with Portage Northern. The Portage schools sandwich Class A competition; Portage Central concludes Class A at 9:15 PM.

Lakeshore performs their competitive premiere of “ATACAMA” in exhibition at 9:30, with Class B and A Awards happening at 9:45.

It is worth mentioning that if you are heading to Stevensville from the Grand Rapids area that I-196 is experiencing construction from Holland to Douglas. Traffic is down to one lane in both directions; heading South you will have to deal with Rumble Strips for a lengthy period of time. We have traveled this way several times already this competitive season and have not experienced any traffic delays (just mild annoyances). 

Also, please know that at large events, parking can become VERY limited at Lakeshore High School.  As with other competitions (especially ones that are large and well attended), plan to arrive early.

Lakeshore is located at 5771 Cleveland Avenue, Stevensville, MI 49127.

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The DeWitt Invitational starts at 3:15 PM [updated 10/11/12 at 1:36PM] this Saturday. DeWitt High School is located at 13601 Panther Drive in DeWitt.

Springport opens competition in Class D at 3:15 PM [updated 10/11/12 at 1:36PM], Fulton performs at 3:30, with Pewamo Westphalia concluding Class D competition at 3:45. Ithaca performs, for the second time in competition this Saturday, in Class C at 4:00 PM. Olivet, also having performed at Alma earlier, concludes Class C competition at 4:30. Class B starts at 4:45 as Corunna takes the field, and concludes after Harper Creek, whose time starts at 5:15.

A break between B and A lasts for 30 minutes. Hastings, Sturgis, and Three Rivers all compete in Class BB. Their competition block starts at 6:00 PM. Class A starts at 6:30 and consists of Davison, Brandon, and Petoskey. Grand Haven performs in Class AA at 7:30 PM, with DeWitt performing “Corner Pocket” in Exhibition at 7:45. 

Awards for All Classes will be at 8:00 PM.

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Will you be attending one of these competitions? If you buy a program, please take some time after the competition to send us band show titles and competition scores. We, unfortunately, cannot attend every event and your submissions ensure a more complete experience and record of Michigan’s competitive marching bands.

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