The third annual Bron Warren Tigerpalooza Marching Band contest will host 19 bands Saturday.
The first year’s competition featured five high school bands, but the number grew to 20 bands last year.
The bands will be competing at Norris Field for one of 10 trophy-earning spots in the finals competition. Marching bands from Weleetka, Luther, Heavener, Chelsea, Eufaula, Beggs, Dickson, McLoud, Bristow, Bethel, Poteau, Tecumseh, Ada, Ardmore, Duncan, Durant, Lawton Eisenhower, Ponca City and Midwest City will be participating.
The preliminary competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and concludes at 5 p.m., when the East Central University marching band takes the field for a special exhibition performance before judges select the best bands that competed throughout the day. The top 10 bands will compete for honors in the finals beginning at 7 p.m.
Bronson Warren, one of the event’s organizers, said he was pleased with this year’s turnout. He noted that the competition is being held a week earlier due to ECU’s football schedule.
“We hope the community will come out and enjoy the event,” he said in a news release.
Warren was the band director at Ada High School for 22 years and is a former dean of students at ECU.
Approximately 1,500 students will flow into town during the competition, according to the news release. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 through 12. Children under 6 are admitted free.
All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in the name of Bron Warren, a former band member at Ada High School and ECU. He died in 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
The scholarship awards funds to ECU students involved in instrumental music.