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‘Bandtober’ kicks into high gear with three events this week

Band performances aren’t just for halftime anymore. The 2015 Band Marching season started last week at Andress High’s Marching Invitational, but now kicks into high gear this week.

The first of three important competitions gets underway tonight at Socorro ISD’s Eastlake High, as they host the 2015 Percussion Invitational at 5 p.m.

The fun continues on Friday with El Paso ISD’s Marching Invitational at Bowie High. The two day event will feature bands from all over the area, competing in 15 minute segments.

To view the bands and their order of competition, click HERE. Awards will be handed out on both Friday and Saturday. Admission for the event is $5.

Across town on Saturday, Socorro ISD is set to host the 23rd Annual MarchFest at Student Activities Complex (1300 Joe Battle Blvd.)

 Thirteen marching bands from around the El Paso region will compete all day. Judging will be based on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) standards and bands will be awarded ratings of Division 1, 2 or 3. The awards will follow the final performance.

 The event is open to the public, and offers great family entertainment. General admission fee is $5; children under the age of three are free.

March Fest schedule can be found at HERE

As for the other events during ‘Bandtober,’

October 10, 2015 – UIL Region 22 Marching Contest Socorro ISD, SAC

October 17, 2015 –  T-Bird Invitational Coronado HS

October 24, 2015 –  UIL Area Marching Contest Socorro ISD, SAC

October 24, 2015 –  Zia Marching Band Fiesta Albuquerque, NM

November 2-3, 2015 –  UIL State Marching Contest San Antonio, TX

November 7, 2015 – Tournament of Bands Las Cruces,

About Chris Babcock

Editor in Chief: El Paso Herald-Post, horizoncity.com Chris began his long journey in Journalism back in the early 70’s. Armed with a Bell and Howell 8mm camera and tape recorder. Chris would go on to document such events as the great plastic dinosaur attack on Tornillo, GI Joe’s dramatic rescue of Barbie from a backyard mud pit and a massive toy train derailment caused by Godzilla. FULL BIO

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