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Marching Bands

The Kansas State Fair and the Greater Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau extend an invitation to you and your band students to participate in the Kansas State Fair Marching Band Program at the Kansas State Fair. Approval has been received from the Kansas State High School Activities Association for the 2017 event.

The high school marching band program is one of the great, long standing traditions of the Kansas State Fair. This program started in 1989. Last year 95 High School and Middle School bands participated, with 5,492 band students in attendance.

We encourage all middle and high school bands across the state to participate in this program. This is a great opportunity for your band to demonstrate their musical talent as well as showcase their hard work and team effort. This performance early in the season gives your band a wonderful chance to benefit from the judge’s ratings and comments before any state competitions.

Bands can choose to participate in the downtown parade portion of the event, the Fairgrounds marching & arena performance or both portions of the event. Marching will be on September 11th, 12th and 13th (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with judging on all days. There will be a limit of 50 bands on each marching day, so please give us your 1st and 2nd day/time selections when you register. All Bands that participate will receive a rosette with their rating.

Three judges are at each location. Ratings, judge comment sheets and your rosette can be picked up at the Kansas State Fair Administration office after 1pm on your performance day. Any awards not picked up will be mailed to the school as soon as possible. Judge will NOT need a copy of your music. Ratings are based on the adjudication form listed at the bottom. The score from the three judges will be averaged together to get your overall rating.

A specially priced $3.00 gate ticket is available to those participating in the Marching Band Program on Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday is Dollar Day at the Kansas State Fair. Gate admission on this day will only be $1.00. All bands must check in at the Fairgrounds at Gate 5a for entrance. When paying by check, we require that one (1) check be made out to the KANSAS STATE FAIR to pay for the gate tickets. All bands entering the Fairgrounds must have payment with them or have pre-paid.

Pay-One-Price days where you can ride all the rides you want for $30, will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to the $1.00 gate admission available on Monday, September 11, all North American Midway carnival rides will be ONE TICKET per ride.

Notification of your assigned marching time will be emailed to you in early September by the Hutchinson CVB. Assembly and lineup information will be included in this mailing. Every effort will be made to schedule your time preference.
Please make restroom breaks prior to your arrival at the parade staging area. Bands will be sent along parade route as they arrive, so please have students in uniform and ready to go when you arrive at the staging location.

Downtown parade is scheduled between 9:00 am and 10:30 am on Monday; 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Tuesday and 8:00 am and 10:30 am on Wednesday.

The Downtown Parade Marching is free to participate. Fair admission tickets are not required to participate in the Downtown Marching portion of this event.

Following downtown marching, we strongly encourage bands to march and perform on the Fairgrounds.

If you experience travel delays and will arrive late to your downtown performance please notify the Hutchinson Conventions & Visitors Bureau at 620-662-3391.

Bus parking is available in Lot B which is on the North side of the Fairgrounds. (See Parking Map).

Students should unload in Lot B and proceed in uniform to gate Gate 5a where Kansas State Fair personnel will assist you. If your tickets have not been pre-paid this is where you will pay.

Bands will be directed by Kansas State Fair personnel from Gate 5a through the Fairgrounds to Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena to perform for the judges. Due to the number of bands performing, all performance will be limited to two musical selections. If the National Anthem is played this will count as one of your two musical selections.

Fairgrounds performances are scheduled between 7:30 am and 10:20 am on Monday & Tuesday and 7:30 am and 11:15 am on Wednesday.

Those bands that purchase tickets but are NOT performing at the Fairgrounds must still check-in at Gate 5a by 11am to receive their tickets and band packet.

Fair admission tickets are required to participate in the Fairgrounds portion of this marching event.

If you experience travel delays and will arrive late to your Fairgrounds performance please notify the Kansas State Fair at 620-669-3600.

Registrations must be received by September 1st. To register your band, please fill out the online registration form below. Please call 620-669-3607 or email with any questions.

2017 Band Judges
Jeff Pelischek, Hutchinson HCC
Robert Bitter, Pratt KS
Glen Goering, Derby KS

Brad Shores, Newton KS
Shawn Knopp, Tabor College
Jim Phillips, Buhler, KS

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