Eight high school marching bands will compete for top honors at this year’s North Central Iowa Band Competition on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
The NCI Marching Band competition is hosted by Fort Dodge Senior High each fall, inviting schools from across the region to compete.
“It’s a little smaller this year” said FDSH Group Director Al Paulson. “Next year we should be a little bigger, we’re just regrouping and coming back after a year of absence.
This will be the first competition of the year for the FDSH group.
In class 2A will be Aplington-Parkersburg and Carroll Kuemper. In class 3A will be Carroll, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Humboldt and Saydel. In class 4A will be Council Bluffs Lewis Central and FDSH.
The Iowa Central Community College Marching Band will also present an exhibit on Saturday evening.
“It’s exciting that the groups can come back and compete this year after a year of absence”, Paulson said. “The kids worked hard to create the program that we have right now. I’m excited about where we’re at – I think we’ll have the strongest group we’ve had since I’ve been here.
Groups will participate in clinics with the contest judges throughout the day at three venues – FDSH, Dodger Stadium and Fort Dodge Middle School. The groups will then return to perform at the stadium at 5 p.m.
The gates to Dodger Stadium will open at 4 p.m. Admission is $ 7 for kindergarten and more.
The Fort Dodge Senior High All-American Dodger Marching Band will feature clips from the musical “Red Mill.” On Saturday, the group will have their clinic from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the stadium and their performance at 7 p.m.