Strike Up the Band…Four States Invitational Marching Contest Slated for Saturday


In the mood for some marching music? Then, Tiger Stadium at Grim Park is where you will want to be on Saturday, October 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. as it becomes the host facility for the annual Four States Invitational Marching Contest.  An expected 4,000 students representing 25 schools from the four states area will be in attendance and will wow the crowd with their unique marching abilities. The event will be followed by an awards ceremony that begins at 5:20 p.m. 


The Four States Invitational Marching Contest brings together the musical and marching talents of area bands as they prepare for regional contests.  Admission is $5 per adult and $2 per student. The public is invited to attend.


Judges for this year’s contest are:  Robert Hesse, retired Band Director for University of Arkansas-Monticello in Monticello, AR; David Stuart, Sr., retired Band Director for Magnolia High School in Magnolia, AR; Dr. Ryan Yahl, Assistant Director of Bands for Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, TX.


Percussion judge will be Dr. Oliver Molina, Assistant Professor of Music, Assistant Director of Bands – Percussion for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA; Color Guards will be judged by Alexandra Schoeffel, former member of Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in Allentown, PA.


Schedule of performance are as follows:


10:30 a.m. Pewitt High School

10:45 a.m. Hughes Springs High School

11:00 a.m. Genoa Central High School

11:15 a.m. Maud High School

11:30 a.m. Fouke High School

11:45 a.m. Prairiland High School

Noon Pleasant Grove High School

12:15 p.m. Cooper Junior/Senior High School


12:30 p.m. BREAK

12:45 p.m. DeKalb High School

1:00 p.m. Ashdown High School

1:15 p.m. Hooks High School

1:30 p.m. Jefferson High School

1:45 p.m. Elysian Fields High School

2:00 p.m. Chisum High School

2:15 p.m. Clarksville Middle/High School 

2:30 p.m. C.E. Byrd High School 


2:45 p.m. BREAK


3:00 p.m. Redwater High School

3:15 p.m. New Boston High School

3:30 p.m. Atlanta High School

3:45 p.m. Heber Sprngs High School 

4:00 p.m. Liberty Eylau High School

4:15 p.m. Bullard High School

4:30 p.m. Benton High School

4:45 p.m. Arkansas High School

5:00 p.m. Texas High School


5:20 p.m. Awards Ceremony

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