The Grove City High School Marching Band will host 13 bands from schools throughout Ohio Sept. 22 at its 30th annual Marching Band Invitational.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Grove City High School stadium, 4665 Hoover Road. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for seniors. Children 5 years and younger will be admitted free.
"This is an exciting event for people of all ages," said Jeff Warner, communications chairman of the Grove City High School Band Boosters.
"Our invitational is one of the first contests of the school year," he said. "It's an opportunity to be one of the first to see the new shows these marching bands have prepared."
The competition will include bands competing in four classifications, sorted by school size, from Class C for the smallest schools to Class AA for the largest schools.
The bands will be judged in a variety of categories set by the Ohio Music Education Association, including music, marching, general effect and color guard, he said. The scores in each category are added up to determine the winning bands.
"The bands will be competing against the other bands in their classification," Warner said. "There will also be an overall winner."
The participating high school bands will include Adena and Green, Class C; Blanchester, Liberty Union, Maysville, Minford, River Valley and Westfall, Class B; Franklin Heights, Licking Heights, Newton and Tippecanoe, Class A; and Pickerington North, Class AA.
Following the guest band performances, the Grove City High School Marching Band will premier World Melodies of Dance, its 2012 contest show, Warner said.
The band will be performing the show in late December at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Fiesta Bowl National Band Contest in Phoenix.
About 251 students are participating in the Grove City High School band this year, meaning "that there are hundreds of parents working tirelessly to support the band through the Boosters," Warner said.
The invitational serves as a fundraiser for the Boosters, he said.
The organization also holds two craft bazaars each year and sponsors the annual street concert, in which band members perform as they ride through town on the back of flatbed trucks.
"The Grove City High School Marching Band is really ingrained in our community," Warner said. "It was one of the first school marching bands in the state."