“Seventy-six trombones led the big parade With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.” These are lyrics from a 1957 Broadway hit show tune which has been sounded by marching bands, military bands and orchestras for generations. “The Music Man” musical not only inspired people of fictional River City, Iowa but band instruments and uniforms are stimulating and encouraging youth today! You can see and feel that similar community excitement October 8th! Right here in our own River City, for all to enjoy, the YHS Band Boosters, in cooperation with Yankton High School and the City of Yankton, will be presenting the 4th annual March to the Meridian Marching Festival. Reserve Saturday, October 8, because the sun will glint off instruments of all kinds in a parade competition of school bands that will kick off this festival in downtown Yankton at 9:00 a.m. Thundering their music across the Meridian Bridge, nineteen bands will showcase their song selections and marching technique. They will first line up on the south side of Meridian Bridge, then proceed North across the bridge and turn East on 3rd St. Competition judges will be located at the intersection of Mulberry and 3rd, with the bands continuing on to Pearl St. Spectators are encouraged to line the entire route for viewing as most bands are unable to showcase their full routine until they arrive at Walnut St. Awards for the parade portion of the festival competition have been sponsored by Ray's Midbell Music out of Sioux City, and will be presented at Crane-Youngworth field at 11:45. Parade bands include: Crofton Marching Warriors, The Pride of Parker, McCook Central Marching Band, Howard Marching Band, Columbus’ Discoverer Marching Band, Osmond Tiger Marching Band, Pierce Pride of the Blue Jays Marching Band, Pierre Emerald Regiment, Tri-Valley High School Marching Mustangs, MVP Marching Band, Pride of Vermillion Marching Band, Scotland Marching Highlanders, Elk Point-Jefferson Marching Band, Alcester-Hudson Marching Cubs, Irene-Wakonda Marching Eagles, Menno Marching Band, Bon Homme Marching Cavaliers, Yankton Middle School Marching Band and Yankton High School Marching Bands. At 12:00 noon, field Bands will begin performing at Crane-Youngworth field. Participating field marching bands are: Chamberlain Scarlet Pride, Crofton Marching Warriors, Rapid City Central Cobbler Marching Band, Columbus’ Discoverer Marching Band, Pierce Pride of the Bluejays Marching Band, Pride of Vermillion Marching Band, and Yankton High School Marching Band. Field awards at approx. 2 p.m. Crane-Youngworth field and concession stand will open at 11 a.m. Admission for field events and awards is $10 adult, $5 student. Enjoy lunch from the concession stand where pulled pork, pizza, pop and home baked goodies will be available for purchase. Funds raised will be used to assist the Yankton Band Boosters funding of projects including the Yankton High School Marching Band, the Yankton High School Band, scholarships for students to attend music camps, as well as funding for Senior scholarships. Family, friends, marching band enthusiasts, all are encouraged to attend and cheer on these youth as they combine music and motion in intriguing, innovative ways. Band members love a packed stadium just as much as other athletes do!!! We’ll surely have more than 76 trombones. Come, see the pizzazz, feel the music and be inspired!