Band Day Brings 17 High School Bands To Kearney And The UNK Campus For Annual Competition

Dr. Neal Schnoor
UNK director of Bands, 308.865.88631
 UNK- The sights and sounds of marching bands will fill the air Saturday morning (Sept. 27) in downtown Kearney and along 27th Street to the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus as 17 high school bands compete in UNK Band Day.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the UNK Pride of the Plains Marching Band will lead the bands and their more than 1,000 band members in a parade from Central Avenue and Railroad Street to the UNK campus.

Competing bands are judged in the following categories: pre-parade uniform/instrument/personal appearance inspection,
marching execution, music performance, drum majors, drumline, colorguard/auxiliary unit.

Trophies are awarded for highest point totals by class and overall and special awards for outstanding drum major(s), drumline, and colorguard/auxiliary unit.

“We are excited to welcome the 17 bands and more than 1,000 band members and directors to the Kearney community for the 2008 Band Day competition,” said Dr. Neal Schnoor, director of the UNK Pride of the Plains marching band.

“Band Day is truly a community effort and would not be possible without collaboration with the Kearney Visitors Bureau, Jaycees, UNK Athletic Department, UNK Parking Services, KGFW Radio, “Kearney Hub” and Kearney Police Department,” he said.

Participating bands, listed in marching order, include: 

Elm Creek
Kearney Catholic
G.I. Central Catholic
Red Cloud
South Platte
Kearney 8th Grade
Grand Island Northwest
Kearney H.S.