Marching Bands Converge on Jackson
By: Holly Brantley
JACKSON, MO --Marching band students from across Southeast Missouri are filling
with the sound of music. Jackson
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
. “I look forward to it everyday.” Jackson