Oct. 12 event
New Albany to host marching band festival
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats marching band will visit New Albany on Saturday, Oct. 12, for the high school's first marching band festival.
Darren Falk, band director and a music teacher at New Albany High School, said the school "got lucky" because the university has a home football game Oct. 11, so the band will be available Oct. 12.
"Basically, we were looking for a great college marching band do come and do this," Falk said. "We looked at schools within one or two hours or so."
The show begins at 7 p.m. on Veterans Field at the New Albany stadium, 7600 Fodor Road.
Falk said the New Albany High School marching band would open the show and perform the national anthem.
Five other high school bands then will perform: New Lexington, Danville, Centerburg, Sheridan and Whitehall-Yearling.
"We reached out to some bands that we don't normally see play," Falk said.
New Albany's marching band will perform its halftime show before the Marching Bearcats take the field.
Falk said the Bearcats would perform their pregame and halftime shows, which will take about 30 minutes.
The marching band includes more than 200 members who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. The band also includes flag, rifle and baton twirlers, according to the university's website.
Falk said a few food trucks would be set up at the stadium to provide more of a festival atmosphere.
Tickets are $5 in advance online at newalbanyband.com or by phone at 614-413-8395. Tickets purchased at the door are $8.
All veterans will be admitted free.
Falk said the event is organized by the New Albany High School band boosters.
Falk said money left after expenses are paid would go the boosters and would be used "for more instruments and music for high school band."
"It augments what we can do for the students," Falk said.