SUMNER, Wash. – On Saturday, Oct. 29th, Sunset Stadium will come alive as six schools compete in the third annual Sunset Festival of Bands.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., the marching bands from Enumclaw, Auburn-Mountain View, Bainbridge, Bonney Lake, Sultan, and Sumner High Schools will square off in a competition of skill, endurance, and music.
The Third Annual Sunset Festival of Bands
Saturday, October 29, 2011.
Performances begin at 8 a.m.
Blue Thunder performs at 11 a.m.
The competition kicks off at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $5/person to $20/family, kids 5 and under get in for free.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available in the concession stands.
Go to www.sunsetfestivalofbands.org for tickets and information.
The Sunset Festival of Bands is the brainchild of then-drumline member Mason Longnecker as a Senior Project with the goal to establish a quality marching band field show on [the] campus [of Sumner High School] as well as create an educational opportunity for individual band members.
Mason’s mom, Peggy, is serving as this year’s Chair of the Festival.
Celia Bender, of Enumclaw-based BRC Gear and Chameleon Productions, whose son Calen is a member of the Sumner High School Band [he plays the flute, and will be playing the alto saxophone after December], says parent involvement, even after graduation isn’t all that unusual.
“The Sumner Band Parents Association is made up of uber-dedicated parents who do everything from fit, alter, and distribute uniforms” to “chaperoning, and feeding the kids, to performing a myriad of other tasks and fundraisers. MANY of these parents have kids that have already graduated, and yet they are still involved and as dedicated as ever.”
Bender gives much of the credit of Joe and Ellen Carl, the husband and wife team who direct Sumner’s Band and Color Guard organizations respectively.
“This group is truly amazing. Joe Carl has created something special, and Ellen, has build the Color Guard alongside the band. The kids all work hard, but have a lot of fun too.”
The event kicks off at 8 a.m., with each band playing, and then receiving feedback from the judges after.
The Festival kicks into full-gear at 11 a.m. with a performance from the Seattle Seahawk’s own Blue Thunder.
The drumline performed at the grand opening ceremony of MultiCare Good Samaritan’s new facility on Puyallup last year, and were a huge hit.
Tickets are $5 each, or $20 for a family, kids five and under are free, for the whole day.
According to Bender, one of the event’s main sponsors, Papa Murphy’s, has included a coupon on the back of the ticket.
“The coupon is worth more than the ticket price, so attendees will actually come out ahead when they purchase the ticket.”
Bender’s final words for potential attendees, “It’s okay to come hungry! We have breakfast all day and lunch and snack items as well, including Papa Murphy’s pizza. Sunset Chev Stadium has covered seating, but be prepared for whatever the weather brings – the festival will go on, rain or shine.
“I would encourage folks to arrive in time to see Blue Thunder before the competition phase begins – they are so much fun and a great way to get the afternoon performances off to an energetic start. Overall, this is a great event for the whole family, and the kids of all six schools [including Sumner] have worked very hard to be able to perform in this venue.”