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El Paso Area Bands set to Compete in Socorro ISD’s 24th Annual Marchfest Saturday

Twenty-four marching bands throughout the El Paso region will compete in the Socorro Independent School District’s 24th annual Marchfest at the SAC. Judging will be based on a national competition standard with a preliminary/finals format.

Each band will compete to qualify for the finals. Four bands from the small group (Class B) and eight bands from the large group (Class A) will advance to finals. Awards will follow the final performance.

“This year we have invited eight nationally recognized judges from around the country,” said Ron Pingor, assistant director of Fine Arts for SISD. “We will have a new format and new set of awards in addition to the rating awards.”

This year, bands will be recognized for having the most outstanding wind, percussion, drum majors or color guards. Also, awards for outstanding general effect and marching execution will be given.

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. Media opportunities include video of the performing groups, the awards presentation and interviews with student-musicians and band directors.

What:             SISD 24th annual Marchfest

Who:              El Paso area marching bands, directors, parents

Where:           Student Activities Complex (SAC) 1300 Joe Battle Blvd.

When:            Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

  Performances begin at 8:30 a.m. Schedule: http://bit.ly/2dLLRE2

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