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An eight-hour halftime

Barry McNamara
The Fighting Scots will be on the road Sept. 18, but that doesn’t mean there won’t still be a college football atmosphere at Monmouth College’s April Zorn Memorial Stadium.

Eight marching bands, including MC’s own, will participate in the Monmouth College Marching Band Invitational, starting at 10 a.m. with a performance by Galesburg High School. Other high school bands in attendance will be: Pleasant Plains, 11 a.m.; Lewistown, 1 p.m.; Unity, 2 p.m.; Orion, 3 p.m.; Rushville-Industry, 4 p.m.; and Rock Falls, 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Fighting Scots Marching Band will take the field at noon.

“The Monmouth College Marching Band Invitational is an exhibition/clinic for high school bands,” explained Steve Richter, director of the Fighting Scots Marching Band. “The high school bands will have clinic sessions with our faculty, and they will work in the areas of marching fundamentals, woodwind performance, brass performance and drumline. Drum majors will also have sessions with the drum majors from our band.”

Dan Potts, Tony Oliver and Richter will be the clinicians. Each band will receive a one-hour clinic following its field show performance.

“It has been a dream of mine to host a marching band invitational ever since the Fighting Scots Marching Band was formed,” said Richter. “Now, with the new field and stadium, Monmouth College is a first-rate venue for high school bands to come and perform. My hope is that we will grow the invitational into an annual event.”