Poway High School hosts marching band event
By Emily Sorensen
Poway High School’s Emerald Brigade will host the 20th Annual Poway Invitational Field Tournament Saturday, Oct. 20 at Poway High School, 15500 Espola Road.
This year, the Poway Invitational welcomes 21 marching bands and color guard from all over Southern California to perform their competitive field show for a panel of Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association judges and an audience of eager viewers. This is a slightly smaller turnout of bands than in previous years, which Poway High School Music Boosters media relation and photographer Paul Omholt attributed to other competitions going on at the same time. “It’s a good turnout,” said Omholt.
More than just a competition, the Invitational also functions as the Poway High School band’s biggest fundraiser. Music director Mike Cook said he hoped the band would raise between $20,000 and $25,000 from the tournament, which will go to paying for necessities for the music program.
Gates will open at 11 a.m., with the first round of afternoon performances beginning at 12:30 p.m. The judges will take a break at 2:45 p.m., and performances will resume at 3 p.m. until the awards ceremony at 4:15 p.m.
The evening competition will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. The evening awards ceremony will be at 8:30 p.m.
Schools from all over Southern California will perform, including schools from Ramona, Chula Vista, Fallbrook, San Pasqual, Aliso Niguel, University City and Vista. The marching bands and color guards from Del Norte High School and Mt. Carmel High School will also compete, as well as Poway High School’s Emerald Brigade, who will be judged, but not entered into the rankings, as they are the host school. Poway’s score will not be made public.
There will also be two exhibitions from the San Diego State University Marching Aztecs at the end of the afternoon and evening sessions.
Cook said he expected a good turnout. “It’s a family event. Families, parents, grandparents are all there.” Families can certainly expect a good show from the Emerald Brigade, as Cook said the band was doing great and working hard. “The music is great, very enjoyable to listen to.”
All that hard work must be paying off, as Poway High School’s Emerald Brigade won Sweepstakes at the Scripps Ranch Tournament held Saturday, Oct. 6.
Tickets for the tournament are $15 adults, $10 seniors, high school and middle school students. Elementary school students and younger are free. Premiere parking at PHS North Lot adjacent to Titan Stadium is $10. Additional parking at Lake Poway (14644 Lake Poway Road) with free shuttles running continuously to and from Poway High School. Early arrival is recommended.
For more information and a full schedule of performance times, visit www.phsmb.com/pift.php.
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