Public invited to ‘March on the Brandywine’

A crisp fall evening offers the perfect time to get out with the family to enjoy music, pageantry, and fun, and Unionville High School has just the opportunity.

The Unionville High School marching band will perform in exhibition during 'March on the Brandywine.'

The Unionville High School marching band will perform in exhibition after the other 11 bands have completed their shows.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 6 to 10 p.m., the school will present “March on the Brandywine,” a marching band competition featuring the area’s best high school musicians and color guard squads in friendly competition. Area residents are encouraged to attend, said a band press release.

Described as “one exciting halftime show after another,” the event includes judges from the Cavalcade of Bands, Inc. who will rate the precision, creativity, musicality and complexity of the performances. The 11 participating high schools are: Bridgeton, Cumberland Regional, Haverford, West Chester East, Sun Valley, Garnet Valley, Mount Pleasant, Pennwood, Kennett, Marple-Newtown, and Upper Darby.

Unionville High's color guard will also perform the 'Tribal Nation' show.

Unionville High's color guard performs during the 'Tribal Voices' show.

When the competing bands are finished, the Unionville High School Marching Band will treat the audience to a performance of its 2016 show, “Tribal Voices.”

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for ages 5 and under. Food, including Unionville’s famous hand-cut, fresh – never frozen! – band fries, will be available for purchase, along with programs and music-related items.

For more information, including a list of each school’s performance time, click here . Unionville High is located at 750 Unionville Road in Kennett Square, and the event will be held rain or shine.

The Cavalcade of Bands Association is a regional circuit that brings together student musicians from across the mid-Atlantic region in Saturday competitions during the fall. Bands are divided into categories based on their size and are judged in the following categories: music, visual, overall effect, drum major, auxiliary (color guard) and percussion. All bands are given a final score and awards are distributed at the end of all performances. At the end of the season, a championship competition is held in Hershey.

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