The Selma Rotary Club will host its 51st annual Marching Band Festival, consisting of a parade and field show, Saturday, Oct. 31.
“It’s a great venue for kids to perform at,” said Char Tucker, who is this year’s festival organizer. “This is a great chance for Rotary to serve the community.”
Thirty school bands will be performing in the parade and 22 bands in the field show. Bands come from all over Central California, even as far as Paso Robles, for the festival.
“They come to us by word of mouth,” Tucker said.
This year’s festival theme will be Halloween Hullabaloo. The 2015 grand marshal is D-B Heusser.
For the third year in a row, Selma High band will perform but not compete in the festival. Other schools will be competing for different trophies for both the parade and field show.
Selma band director Kevin Tinkle says the band will perform the song “Night Fright” by Karl L. King for the parade and for the review, “To The Stars,” which features original music composed by Tinkle’s colleague Adam Wilke, and Elton John’s “Rocketman”
Tinkle feels rewarded by the efforts of his band and says their performances bring him hope.
“I think what’s most important about this event is giving students a chance to do what they love, while feeling proud of where they come from,” Tinkle said.
With 52 band and color-guard students, Tinkle says the experience level of his band is varied this year, but he still thinks the event will go over well for his band.
“We put in over 50 hours of band practice per week,” Tinkle said. “I try to take on the role more of a coach than a teacher. In the end, the pep talks I give my students give me a sigh of relief as well.”
Selma junior Josue Betancourt, who plays the tuba, says he thinks they have practiced enough to perform well.
“Practice will never make perfect,” Betancourt said. “It will only make us more consistent.”
Senior Bibiana Chavez who serves as the band’s drum major, says this year’s show will be a different experience from previous ones, but she feels what’s most important is the band’s enthusiasm.
“This is great for the band to represent Selma,” Chavez said. “All of us have given a 110 percent effort. There is no lagging.”
This event is sponsored by Kings Mortgage Services and Fresno County Federal Credit Union.