The 32nd Annual Metamora Band Invitational will take place on Saturday at Metamora Township High School’s Malone Field. The program is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with the first band and will finish up with hometown favorite Metamora Marching Redbirds before 8 p.m. The gates will open at 3 p.m.

This year’s line-up of 16 high school marching bands from all around the area will include Bremen High School (Midlothian), St. Joseph-Ogden High School (St. Joseph), Wethersfield High School (Kewanee), Ridgeview High School (Colfax), Fieldcrest High School (Minonk), Dunlap High School Cadet & Varsity (Dunlap), Rich Central High School (Olympia Fields), Thornwood High School (South Holland), Watseka High School (Watseka), LaSalle-Peru High School (LaSalle), Lincoln Community High School (Lincoln), Pekin Community High School (Pekin), Galesburg High School (Galesburg), Canton High School (Canton), and Metamora Township High School (Metamora).

This fantastic family event has become an annual fall tradition at Metamora High School since it began in 1981. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a variety of music and choreography as the bands play and move in formation on the football field with the rhythms from the percussion. The color guard adds color and excitement with their beautiful costumes and waving flags. The theme of each band’s performance is supported with creative props, moved in and out of place by armies of parent volunteers.

These marching band students have been practicing their programs for countless hours beginning in early summer, including entire, sometimes very HOT weeks away from home, and continuing into the evening hours of autumn school nights. The dedication and discipline that they learn are valuable lessons that will help them in their lives after high school. Also, there is genuine camaraderie when these students spend that much time together working toward a common goal and a well-deserved sense of pride when that goal is achieved!

There will be a tasty assortment of food and drinks available as well as t-shirts, clothing, and miscellaneous music-themed items for sale.

Tickets prices are Adults - $5, Senior Citizens - $3, and students - $2. For more information call 367-4151 x570.

Bremen High School, St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Wethersfield High School, Ridgeview High School, Fieldcrest High School, Dunlap High School, Rich Central High School, Thornwood High School, Watseka High School, LaSalle-Peru High School, Lincoln Community High School, Pekin Community High School, Galesburg High School, Canton High School, and Metamora Township High School.