California’s best high school bands to compete at the 21st Annual Sierra Cup Classic

Fresno State Marching Band

The 21st Annual Sierra Cup Classic will be held at the Bulldog Stadium on 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Bulldog Stadium. The event is open to the public and tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and children under 12 at the gate. The performances will continue all day and will finish with the final scoring around 10:00 PM.

This visually spectacular event is a contest for 27 of the best high school marching bands from all over the state. Every year spectators fill the stands as musicians and color guard dancers combine to put on elaborate shows in front of a spirited audience.

“We love attracting potential Fresno State students to our campus and we spend the day recruiting kids to participate in college band when they reach the university,” said Steve McKeithen, Associate Director of Bands for Fresno State. “We also work hard to provide each band with positive feedback and the best information possible to help directors in their quest to have a huge impact on student learning and performance. Our judges provide feedback to each band to do just that.”

A judging panel will evaluate each performance from a variety of perspectives including visual effect, music effect, color guard, percussion, and several other specific aspects. The bands will be ranked and receive a score based on performance criteria. After an afternoon of performances, the top 10 bands move on to the finals for evening performances.

Fresno State drumline

In addition to the competition, Fresno State’s very own Bulldog Marching Band will perform two exhibition shows throughout the event.

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