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Festival of Champions Brings Marching Band Competition to UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 20, 2014) - Young musicians and performers representing 33 high schools from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will participate in the 2014 Festival of Champions as the University of Central Missouri hosts the annual marching band and drum line competition Saturday, Oct. 25.

Preliminary marching band competition begins at 8 a.m. on Vernon Kennedy Field at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. After lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., preliminary competition resumes. The UCM Marching Mules will perform at 5 p.m., followed by the preliminary awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. Finals competition begins at 7p.m., with final awards scheduled for approximately 10 p.m.

Indoor drum line competition begins at 9 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center, followed by indoor guard competition, which begins at 1:40 p.m., also in Student Recreation Center. For a full schedule and the performance time of each school, visit

Missouri schools registered to compete include Odessa, Staley, Francis Howell North, Fort Osage, Warrensburg, Monett, Webb City, Harrisonville, Lee’s Summit North, Fort Zumwalt West, Wentzville Timberland, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit West, Branson, Platte County, Butler, Wentzville Holt, Grain Valley, Willard, Blue Springs South, Leeton and Smithton.

Kansas schools competing include Buhler, Basehor-Linwood, Winfield, Lansing, Shawnee Mission West, Shawnee Mission North, Blue Valley Southwest, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Olathe South.

Competing from Illinois will be Belleville East.

The public is invited to attend all events. Admission is $13 for general admission and $5 for drum line and auxiliary events. Children under the age of six are admitted free. All proceeds will benefit the UCM Department of Music Scholarships Fund and the Ararat Shrine Temple Hospital Transportation Fund.

The 2014 Festival of Champions is hosted by the UCM Department of Music, the Department of Music Wind and Percussion areas, and the UCM Bands. Primary sponsors for the event are Meyer Music, Midwest, the Ararat Shrine/Houn’ Dawg Club, Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

For more information regarding the 2014 Festival of Champions, contact Michael Sekelsky, Festival of Champions coordinator, at 660-543-4681.