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East Kentwood to host one of the largest marching band competitions in West Michigan
East Kentwood to host one of the largest marching band competitions in West Michigan

The competition will be intense down on the football field, with a stadium full of cheering fans, at East Kentwood High School this Saturday, October. 21. Uniformed players will be suited up in their school colors, every movement planned, with the sole focus of trying for the best performance of the season. It’ll be a lot like the games you see in every football stadium across America, except for one thing, there will be no football.


In fact, this is no game at all. This event is the East Kentwood High School Falcon Marching Band Invitational, a marching band competition, and it’s happening from 2:30pm to 10:00pm.


It is a musical extravaganza and one of the biggest marching band shows in West Michigan, with twenty high school bands from around West Michigan slated to compete for top honors.


People who have never been to a marching band competition, can liken the experience to watching twenty, football game, halftime shows. Bands are classified according to school size and compete in their respective classes. Each band’s performance has its own chosen theme with related music that they perform with synchronized, choreographed movements. This is no small task, when you consider some of these bands are in excess of 200 members. That’s a lot of moving parts and instruments! The result is a  performance that is impressive to hear and watch.


And, the view should be spectacular. East Kentwood boasts the highest vantage point of any high school stadium in West Michigan. A very important detail, considering when it comes to marching bands, the higher a person is in the stadium, the better the view of the performance they will have.


People should plan to come out and spend the day. There will be a plenty of food and drinks available at the concession stand, so spectators will not have to miss a single performance. Admission is just $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and age 5 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the EKHS instrumental music programs.

Here is the performance line up:


Class D

2:30 PM  Brandywine High School  

2:45 PM  Bridgman High School

3:00 PM  Pewamo-Westphalia High School

3:15 PM  Gobles High School

3:30 PM  Break 

Class C

3:45 PM  Freemont High School

4:00 PM  Oakridge High School

4:15 PM  Parchment High School

4:30 PM  Whitehall High School

4:45 PM  Dowagiac High School

5:00 PM  Lakewood High School

5:15 PM  Break 

Class B

5:45 PM  Kenowa Hills High School

6:00 PM  Ionia High School

6:15 PM  Charlotte High School

6:30 PM  Vicksburg High School

6:45 PM  Spring Lake High School

7:00 PM  Break 

Class A

7:30 PM  Wyoming High School

7:45 PM  Kalamazoo Central High School

8:00 PM  Olivet High School A 

8:15 PM  Portage Central High School


8:30 PM  East Kentwood High School


9:00 PM  Awards Ceremony