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October 2, 2009

Konawa to host band contest

Konawa — The population of Konawa will more than double as dozens of high school marching bands from all around converge on Konawa Saturday to compete in Band Day.

Bands will march in a parade through downtown Konawa followed by a field contest at the high school football field. The bands that march in the parade will be judged by three judges.

In the field contest, each band will march their shows and be judged. Each band’s show lasts about 15 minutes. East Central University Marching Band will perform an exhibition about 8:30 p.m. after the field contest.

Konawa High School Band Director Donny Longest said approximately 1,800 band members will be competing and admission to watch the bands compete is free.

“Of course admission is free,” Longest said. “The bands pay an entry fee. We have businesses that donate to help defray costs.”

Longest said the day is a huge boon to the city.

“We get just a tremendous amount of support from the community, city government and school administration and staff here,” Longest said. “It’s just a major deal for this little community.”

The parade begins at 10 a.m. with the field contest starting at 12:15 p.m. Competitions are scheduled to last until 8:30 p.m. with an award assembly following the ECU exhibition at the stadium.

“We invite everyone to come on out and enjoy the day,” Longest said. “We’re supposed to have great weather so it will be a great day.”

Bands competing this year include, Konawa, Wayne, Davis, Wilburton, Washington, Holdenville, Lexington, Lindsay, Camanche, Prague, Chandler, Bethel, Stigler, Eufaula, Pauls Valley, Purcell, Lone Grove, Bethany, Checotah, Blanchard, McLoud, Elgin, Seminole, Western Heights, Harrah, El Reno, Chickasha, Ardmore, Lawton MacArthur, Durant and Norman.

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