65th Annual Mark Twain Marching Band Festival
2 months ago by Bob Gough
Hannibal Band Day is October 8
See silky flags snapping in a crisp fall breeze. See uniforms colorful as autumn leaves. Hear drum cadences and brass fanfares echoing in the streets lined with kids, both young and ‘the not so old’ watching the parade. Come participate in the Hannibal tradition of Band Day on Tuesday October 8th.
Area marching bands from Illinois and Missouri schools will converge on Hannibal for the 65th Annual Mark Twain Marching Band Festival. Twenty-eight high school and middle school bands will assemble at Dulaney Park for a two-hour parade starting at 3 pm and march down Broadway. Due to construction, the parade will not continue down Main Street, however Hannibal Band Boosters encourage everyone to visit the businesses along Main Street.
The evening field event follows at 6 pm at Porter Stadium at Hannibal High School. Three schools will perform in parade formation and 13 schools will perform their field shows. Missouri Military Academy Marching Band will play the National Anthem. Hannibal’s Pirate Pride Marching Band will conclude the festival with their field show “The Phenomenon Of Cool” at approximately 8:15 pm.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, candy, soda, and bottled water will be available at the Band Boosters concession stand beginning at 5 pm. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of great music. Joe Pappas from Festus, Missouri and Kurt D. Bauche, from Farmington, Missouri will provide recorded commentary for each group. Both judges have years of experience and adjudicate in several regional venues.
Admission for the evening show is $5 for adults $2 for students. Children 3 and under are free. Concessions open at 5 pm. People's Choice table will take donations in $1 amounts for Favorite Band.
If you have any questions you may call the High School band staff at 221-2733 or the Middle School at 221-5840.