Marching Bands Converge on Jackson

Marching Bands Converge on Jackson
By: Holly Brantley

JACKSON, MO --Marching band students from across Southeast Missouri are filling Jackson with the sound of music.
They are taking part in the 61st annual Jackson Band Festival.

Band  Directors tell me the Jackson Festival is a chance for everyone involved to be first chair without waiting for halftime, or the pressure of competition. 

“Today the bands are in the drivers seat, they’ll all sitting first chair today,” said Jackson Band Director Scott VanGilder.
“We’re a small school and we don’t have a football program,” said Kelly Director, Keith Kyle. “So, coming and performing a field show is something we don’t get to do all the time.”
Band day is a chance for students to see other schools perform and get a break from classes.
“You get out of school and you get to see other bands perform and get ideas from them,” said Nora Glasser of Scott City.
For many kids marching band is big part of their life. Jackson Band day will also be a big part of their marching memories.
“Band is my favorite class,” Said Kami Miinch of Jackson. “I look forward to it everyday.”
A parade and field show performances are big highlights of the festival. That’s when the students and directors will get a good look at what other bands have been up to.