WEBB CITY, Mo. —
Marching bands from 26 high schools in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma will take the field Saturday for the eighth annual Webbstock marching festival.
The brainchild of former director of bands Diana Williams and the Webb City Cardinal Pride Band, in recent years, the festival has grown to attract more than 9,000 spectators and band members.
This year’s festival is coordinated by Jim Devine, who succeeds Williams as the new director of bands. He said he has had the support of school personnel, Band Boosters and area sponsors.
“It’s really a great experience for the local community to attend Webbstock and see these young talented musicians performing their impressive and varied marching shows,” Devine said.
Preliminary competition will begin at 9 a.m. at Webb City High School’s Cardinal Stadium, 621 N. Madison, and will continue through the afternoon. During this time, bands will individually take the field for approximately 10-minute performances that will be judged and ranked.
In performance order, high school bands slated to participate Saturday are Riverton, Kan., Fair Grove, Mo., Miller, Mo., Miami, Okla., Pleasant Hope, Mo., Joplin, Nevada, Cassville, Hillcrest from Springfield, Buffalo, Mo., Republic, Mo., Lee’s Summit, Mo., Mount Vernon, Willow Springs from Pleasant Hope, Mo., Monett, Aurora, Warsaw, Mo., Nixa, Mo., Blue Valley Southwest from Overland Park, Kan., Raytown, Mo., Platte County, Mo., Neosho, Willard, Mo., Kickapoo from Springfield, and Blue Springs, Mo.
As each band leaves the field, members will have the opportunity for a 30-minute clinic with judges who offer feedback — one of the draws to Webbstock, organizers say, because bands can implement suggestions as soon as they return home.
At 3:50 p.m., awards will be presented to bands qualifying for finals. Those finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. At 9:15 p.m., the Webb City Cardinal Pride Band will present an exhibition performance, followed by an awards presentation at 9:45 p.m.
The festival is open to the public. Tickets will be sold at the gate and will be $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the stadium concession stands. Event programs, shirts and marching band fan items also will be available in the stadium.
Stadium Drive closing
Stadium Drive from Madison to Main Street will be closed for Webbstock on Saturday to accommodate parking for visiting bands. Doing so should create more spectator parking in the Webb City High School parking lot, which quickly filled to capacity in past years.