Wayland band co-hosts marching festival

PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University's Pioneer Marching Band will join forces once more with the marching band from Plainview High School for the Plainview Pioneer Marching Festival, slated for Oct. 11 in Plainview's Bulldog Stadium as one of several marching events the university will host this fall.

The festival features competition from 38 area bands, with trophies awarded for first division and best in class and plaques for the first runner-up in each class and for outstanding auxiliary, percussion and drum major units.

In its 14 th year, the festival is designed to prepare band programs for the University Interscholastic League competition, which begins with regional competition, according to Tim Kelley, director of instrumental programs at Wayland and the co-coordinator of the festival.

Kelley added that with this year's Region XVI Marching and Twirling Contest for 1A and 2A bands taking place at Bulldog Stadium the following Saturday (Oct. 18), more bands are becoming interested in the Plainview Pioneer Festival as a chance to perform in the exact location of the UIL contest. Wayland's band is also hosting the marching contest for Area A 1A and 2A bands on Oct. 25 in Bulldog Stadium.

"To my knowledge, no other university in the state is hosting as extensive a schedule of invitational and UIL marching events as Wayland," Kelley said of the honor. "Not only is (the Plainview Pioneer Festival) the largest marching invitational in the state of Texas, but it is the largest invitational marching festival in this area of the country."

Kelley said it speaks highly of his Pioneer band members who do most of the planning and running of the festival that they would be asked to host two preliminary events for UIL. It's an honor he doesn't take lightly, and an opportunity both he and his students welcomed.

"We have done the Region XVI contest for the past few years, and the smaller schools really like marching in a smaller stadium," Kelley said. "They like the way we ran our festival and the tight schedule we follow, so word of mouth got around and UIL asked us to do the area meet as well."

Performances for the Plainview Pioneer Marching Festival will begin at 9:45 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Bands performing, in order, include: Lubbock Roosevelt, Anton, Jayton, Hart, Sudan, Lubbock Christian, Shamrock, Springlake-Earth, Smyer, Canadian, Shallowater and Estacado.

Following a lunch break from 1-1:30 p.m., performances will continue with Lockney, Idalou, Olton, New Deal, Tahoka, Abernathy, Paducah, Crosbyton, Petersburg, Post, Whiteface, Hale Center, Denver City, O'Donnell, Sundown, Tulia, Floydada, Forsan and Seagraves.

The final dinner break will take place from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15, followed by performances from Crane, Plains, Lamesa, Slaton, Lorenzo, Dimmitt and Levelland. The Pioneer Marching Band will perform its program at 9 p.m., followed by the Plainview High School band's exhibition performance at 9:15 p.m.

The awards ceremony for the festival will be held immediately afterward at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the festival for guests and spectators will be $2 at the gate.