Weekend at Marshall features marching festival

Marshall University’s Department of Music will host the Tri-State Marching Festival Saturday, Oct. 20. Band performances begin at 11 a.m. in Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Marshall’s Huntington campus. Stadium gates will open at 10:15 a.m.

According to Marshall’s band director, Steve Barnett, this is the largest band festival of its kind in this part of the country. Bands from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia have been separated into categories based on the number of performers.

Marshall’s Marching Thunder will also perform an exhibition at the conclusion of the performances at approximately 9 p.m.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person of school age and up. Public parking will be available for $2 in the south end of the west stadium parking lot until the lot is full. After that, patrons may park in the garage on Third Avenue and any other available spaces near the stadium.

“The Tri-State Marching Festival is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Marshall University,” Barnett said. “We expect to bring more than 10,000 to the stadium, many of whom are prospective college students, with their parents.”

The event is sponsored by Marching Thunder and Kappa Kappa Psi, the band honorary fraternity.