10 Western Slope high school bands put best feet forward

There definitely will be a big parade, and very possibly 76 trombones, though 110 coronets close at hand might be pushing it. However, there will be rows and rows of the finest virtuosos, the cream of every local band.

It’s the Colorado West Marching Invitational and it’s coming to Grand Junction on Saturday, Oct. 2. Ten Western Colorado marching bands will participate.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a parade down Main Street in Grand Junction. Then, beginning at 1 p.m., the bands will play at Stocker Stadium. They will perform their competition routines, a trial-run for the Colorado Bandmasters Association qualifying event Oct. 14 at Stocker Stadium.

For some new marching band members, the Invitational will be their first experience being critiqued by judges and marching in competition with other bands.

The parade downtown is free, and the competition at Stocker Stadium is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

After all the bands compete, there will be an awards ceremony at 3:45 p.m. at the stadium.


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