The Festival of Bands USA features a very full day of marching activities for a large lineup of bands from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
This 33rd year of competition is expected to draw up to 20,000 visitors and competing band members. The 2019 lineup featured a total of 43 different bands, with 24 bands in the parade and 30 bands in field performance.
Festival of Bands is committed to providing an educational experience to marching band students in the region. While they work to preserve this opportunity for students to perform, they are also working to ensure the health and safety of all participants and volunteers. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, this year’s event will be modified:
- Due to the difficulties of adequate spacing during parade staging and performance for both performers and spectators, they have decided to cancel this year’s parade event.
- To keep the highest standard of environmental safety protocols in place to protect all participants, this year spectators will not be allowed at Howard Wood Field.
- They are excited to share that a live stream of the event will be made available online for all parents, fans, and Festival of Bands supporters to watch participating bands take the field.
Supporters and spectators, stay tuned for more details on the event and live stream in the weeks to come!