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Eleven bands to compete in 24th annual Octoberfest band competition

The Quincy High School Marching Blue Devils during the Octoberfest Invitational Parade down Maine Street on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. In it's 21st year, the Octoberfest Invitational Parade and Field Competition, 15 featured high schools. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 16, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 17, 2019 9:58 am

QUINCY -- Eleven bands representing Missouri, Iowa and Illinois high schools will parade through Quincy on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of the 24th Annual Octoberfest Invitational Parade and Field Competition.

Representing Illinois high schools are bands from Illini-West High School, Ashland-Chandlerville Central High School, Auburn High School, Hamilton High School, Warsaw High School, Liberty High School and Quincy Notre Dame High School.

Quincy High School's marching band as well as the Quincy Junior High School Concert band will participate but not compete in the contest.

Representing high schools from Missouri are bands from Clark County High School, Elsberry High School and Troy Buchanan High School from Troy. The lone band from Iowa in this year's event is Fort Madison High School.

The Octoberfest parade, which is sponsored by the Quincy Senior High Music Department, WGEM and QPS Friends of the Performing Arts, will begin at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at 30th and Maine streets and continue west until reaching Quincy Junior High School at 14th and Maine.

After the parade, the bands will go to Flinn Memorial Stadium for the field show competition, where the bands will perform themed halftime shows. The field show competition begins at 5 p.m. or immediately following a performance by the Quincy Senior High Marching Blue Devil Band, the QHS Colorguard and the Q-City Pommers.

The competing bands are vying for several awards including the Ragan Knapheide Award for Outstanding Percussion, the James Burns Award for Outstanding Brass, the Charles Heidbreder Memorial Drum Major Award, the Todd Slater Memorial Spirit Award, the Randy Hoover Outstanding Soloist Award and the Paul Duker Memorial Award.

Additional awards will be presented for musicianship and overall enrollment.

Chairmen Susan Gabel and Kathleen Dooley are coordinators of the event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the stadium's ticket booth. For more information, call the Quincy Senior High Music Department at 217-224-3774.

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