Kingsburg High Band: Marching

The Kingsburg High School band marches through downtown Kingsburg.

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KINGSBURG – Kingsburg High School is hosting the Viking Classic as its first Western Bands Association competition from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Kingsburg High School Bowl. The competition will bring an estimated 1,500 students and spectators to town.

“The Music Boosters and our award-winning Marching Band will host up to 15 high schools for the competition,” Kimbi Sigle KHS Music Booster Secretary and Rafer Johnson Jr. High Band Director said.

Sigle said the Viking Classic gives the school an opportunity to showcase its award-winning Viking Marching Band to the community.

“The band travels throughout the fall season and performs all over the Valley. When Kingsburg built the KHS Bowl, Mike Schofield recognized the option to use it and host competitions here in Kingsburg. With the addition of Oliver Bullock to the KHS music staff, everything aligned to make this a reality. An award-winning band, multiple instructors with WBA experience, great community support and an outstanding Music Boosters organization will be a great combination to host the Viking Classic,” she said.

The boosters are selling ad space in their program and will recognize local businesses supporting the event with announcements over the loud speaker at the event.

Visiting bands will use Memorial Park as a warm-up location and will perform for WBA judges in the Kingsburg High stadium.

“All community members are invited to the stadium to enjoy a great evening of the marching arts,” Sigle said. KHS’ band will take the field in an exhibition performance at 6:52 p.m. and awards will be announced at approximately 10 p.m.

The KHS Music Boosters are also having the 12th Annual Crab Feed & Silent Auction from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Young Life building, 1948 18th Ave. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased from music students.

This is their largest fundraiser of the year and allows students to raise funds for their band and choir festivals and competitions.

Students are also requesting donations for the silent auction. Donations are tax deductible and if more than $100 in value, will be recognized publicly. To donate goods, services, a gift basket or gift certificates, call 307-6498 for an item to be picked up, or mail donations to Kingsburg High School, atttn. Mike Schofield, 1900 18th Ave, Kingsburg, CA 93631.

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