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Annual WIU Marching Band Classic is Oct. 21

October 17, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The 36th annual Western Illinois University Marching Band Classic, for high school bands, will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 on WIU's Hanson Field.

The event is a field competition in a two-division championship format. Overall champion trophies will be awarded in the small school division (Classes 1A and 2A), as well as in the large school division (Classes 3A and 4A). Awards will be given for best winds, percussion, guard/auxiliary and drum major. There will also be a grand champion in each division based on the highest score of the day.

High schools participating in this year's event include:

Class 1A (Small school division):
12:45 p.m. – Galva High School
1 p.m. – Morrison High School
1:15 p.m. – West Central High School
1:30 p.m. - Lewistown High School
4:15 p.m. – Prophetstown High School
4:30 p.m. – Blue Ridge High School

Class 2A (Small school division):
2 p.m. – King College Prep
2:15 p.m. – Orion High School
2:30 p.m. – Kewanee High School
2:45 p.m. – Eureka High School
3 p.m. – Farmington Central High School
3:15 p.m. – Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School
3:30 p.m. – Pleasant Plains High School
3:45 p.m. – Rockridge High School
4 p.m. – Macomb High School

Class 3A (Large school division):
5:30 p.m. – Rock Falls High School
5:45 p.m. – Lincoln Community High School
6 p.m. – Jacksonville High School
6:15 p.m. – Metamora High School
6:30 p.m. – Geneseo High School

Class 4A (Large school division):
7 p.m. – William Howard Taft High School
7:15 p.m. – Pekin High School
7:30 p.m. – Moline High School
7:45 p.m. – LaSalle Peru High School
8 p.m. – Edwardsville High School
8:15 p.m. – Dekalb High School
8:30 p.m. – Joliet West High School
8:45 p.m. – Washington Community High School

WIU's Marching Leathernecks will perform at 9 p.m. Admission to the Classic is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children ages 5-12. Children under age 5 are admitted free. WIU students will be admitted free with valid student identification.

For more information, call (309) 298-1505 or visit

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