In preparation for several upcoming marching band competitions, bands from Centennial, Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate High School are set to perform previews of their latest productions at the 17th Annual LCPS Marching Band Exhibition Tuesday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 p.m. at the Field of Dreams Football Stadium, 2501 Tashiro Road. The event is free and open to the public.

“The exhibition gives the bands an opportunity to perform for their family and friends without the added pressure of scoring and judges,” said Oñate High School Director of Bands Shawn Silva. “The performance also helps the students build confidence with theatrical side of marching band and helps them build endurance for their band’s eight-minute show.”

The exhibition schedule is as follows: the Las Cruces High Showcase Marching Band will perform at 7:00 p.m.; the Centennial High School Band will perform at 7:20 p.m.; the Oñate Royal Knight Regiment Marching Band will perform at 7:40 p.m.; and, to conclude the exhibition, the Mayfield High School Marching band will perform at 8:00 p.m.

Silva went on to explain that although most of the bands won’t be completely finished with their productions during the exhibition, it gives each band an opportunity to perform without the pressure of competitive scoring. He also mentioned that the exhibition allows the band directors to fine-tune the performances before the start of the competition season.

“It [marching band] requires an incredible amount of determination and grit, so it takes a real special kind of student to see it through,” Silva said. “This activity is an expressive art form that incorporates music, athleticism and pageantry. It’s truly spectacular to see it all come together.”

Each band also features a color guard which performs in conjunction with the band. The color guard is a group of performers who traditionally use dance, colored flags and other items to serve as a visual interpretation of the music, according to Silva.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.