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Festival of Champions Bring Marching Bands to Walton Stadium

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 20, 2009) – Young musicians representing 31 high schools from three states will participate in the 2009 Festival of Champions as the University of Central Missouri hosts the annual marching band competition at Audrey J. Walton Stadium Saturday, Oct. 24.

Preliminary marching band competition begins at 9:45 a.m. on Vernon Kennedy Field at Walton Stadium. Following lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m., competition resumes and ends with a performance by UCM’s Marching Mules at 5:30 p.m. and preliminary awards at 5:50 p.m. Finals competition begins at 7:15 p.m., with final awards scheduled for approximately 10 p.m.

Indoor guard competition begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building, followed by indoor drumline competition, which begins at 3 p.m., also the Multipurpose Building.

Schools registered to compete include Holden, Higginsville, Southern Boone County R-1, Fulton, William Chrisman, Sedalia Smith-Cotton, Pleasant Hill, Fort Osage, Warrensburg, Topeka West, Neosho, Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission West, Grain Valley, Blue Valley, Olathe South, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit West, Lee’s Summit North, Fort Zumwalt West, Fort Zumwalt North, Truman, Nixa, Platte County, Putnam City (Okla.), Blue Springs South, Wentzville Holt, Willard, and Springfield Parkview.

Nationally recognized adjudicators from as far away as Clemson University will attend to evaluate the performances.

Admission is $10 for the field competition, with no charge for indoor only events. Children under the age of six are admitted free. All proceeds will benefit the UCM Department of Music Scholarship Fund for the wind and percussion areas and the Shrine Burn Center Transportation Fund.

The Festival of Champions is sponsored by the UCM Department of Music, the Department of Music Winds and Percussion area and the UCM Bands. For more information regarding the 2009 Festival of Champions, contact Michael Sekelsky, Festival of Champions coordinator, at 660-543-4681.