LEMOORE — Lemoore High School’s stadium will fill with the sound of music on Saturday during the 5th Annual Tiger Classic Band Review.
Twelve school marching bands from around the Valley, including Tulare and Kings counties, will be judged on their field shows. Eight judges will make the decision based on music, visuals, technique and more. Bands can get up to 100 points in the competition. The bands that get the top scores will receive trophies and will go to the state finals in November.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors.
“The review supplies a great opportunity for local people to see what these students do and how much hard work they put into their performances without having to travel outside the Valley,” said Lemoore High School Band Director Shawn McElhaney.
Unlike the stricter state competitions, McElhaney said the Tiger Classic Band Review is special because it’s “homebred” and offers a community experience.
“It’s very organic,” he said. “It’s all about education and giving local students opportunities and parents a chance to see their children perform.”
McElhaney said about 3,000 students will participate in the review. He said his students are really excited about participating. While the Lemoore High band won’t be competing because the school is hosting the review, the band will still give an exhibition performance that will close out the show.
“The students like it because they don’t have to worry about competing; it’s only about the performance,” he said.
Stadium gates will open at 4 p.m., with the review starting at 4:45. Corcoran High School kicks off the competition at 5 p.m. Sierra Pacific High School is set to perform at 6:09 p.m., while Hanford High School will perform at 7:41. The host band is scheduled for 8:10.
For more information, contact McElhaney at 924-6600, ext. 367.
The reporter can be reached at 583-2429 or jluiz@HanfordSentinel.com.