Columbus City Schools will present the first Columbus City Schools Marching Band Invitational Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Whetstone High School Stadium, 4405 Scenic Drive.

Columbus City Schools will present the first Columbus City Schools Marching Band Invitational Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Whetstone High School Stadium, 4405 Scenic Drive.

The event will begin at 11 a.m.

Participating CCS high school bands include: Beechcroft, Briggs, Brookhaven, Centennial, East, Eastmoor Academy, Independence, Linden-McKinley, Marion-Franklin, Mifflin, Northland, South, Walnut Ridge, West and Whetstone.

"This is a very exciting event, and hopefully, the beginning of a tradition that will last for years to come," CCS Unified Arts Coordinator Betty Hill-Church said in a statement. "Our goal is for students and our community to see the great talent we have from across the district. We want to showcase the work of our students and their directors, and create a sense of excitement and anticipation for up and coming instrumental music students in CCS."

One of the highlights will be the opening ceremony, in which all of the bands will line up on the field as one group to perform The Star Spangled Banner.

To close out the day's event, the Central State University Marching Band will perform its 2013 field show.

Cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.