Marching Bands
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The Kansas State Fair extends an invitation to you and your band students to participate in the Band Program at the Kansas State Fair. Approval has been received from the Kansas State High School Activities Association for the 2018 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 105 High School and Middle School bands participated, with 5,478 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 march in the parade on the Fairgrounds and perform in the arena. Marching will be on September 9th, 10th and 11th (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with judging on all days. All Bands that participate will receive a rosette with their rating. Those bands that receive a I of any kind will also receive a $30 premium check. Those bands that receive a I+ will also receive a banner.

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. Judges 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. Rides open at 1pm on Tuesday and at Noon on Wednesday. In addition to the $1.00 gate admission available on Monday, September 10, all North American Midway carnival rides will be ONE TICKET per ride. Rides open at Noon on Monday.

Every effort will be made to schedule your time preference. 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.

The parade on the fairgrounds is scheduled between 8:00 am and 11:00 am on Monday; 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Tuesday and 8:00 am and 11:30 am on Wednesday.

Bus parking is available in Lot B which is on the North side of the Fairgrounds off of State Fair Road. (See Fairgrounds map below) Please enter the Fairgrounds parking area at State Fair Road and Main Street.

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. Bands will march through the Fairgrounds for the Fair patrons. Please be prepared to march and play or march to a drum cadence.

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 7:45 am and 10:20 am on Monday & Tuesday and 7:30 am and 11:15 am on Wednesday.

All bands must check-in at Gate 5a by 11am to receive their tickets and band packet.

Fair admission tickets are required to participate in this marching event.

Restrooms are available after your performance. Water is also available at Gate 5a.

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

Band performance schedule will be posted here on September 3rd. We will not be sending out performance schedule emails. All bands will be scheduled to perform on the day you chose so buses can be scheduled in advance. We many need to adjust your performance time if we have multiple bands requested the same time. You can find your scheduled performance time by looking at the performance schedule on September 3rd.

Registrations are due August 31st. The performance schedule will be posted to this website on
September 3rd. To register your band, please fill out the online registration form below.
Please call 620-669-3607 or email with any questions.

2018 Band Judges
James Oliphant
Brian Hoffman
Jeff Pelachek

Brad Shores, Bethel
Robert Lee
Shawn Knopp

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