The event “where it’s halftime all night long” is a fundraiser for the Oil City High School music program, which is getting ready to purchase new marching band uniforms. According to music director Dan Cartwright, it was 2009 the last time a new set of uniforms at a cost of $50,000. He suspects it will be more this time around.
Beyond the fundraising aspect, Cartwright says there is a greater benefit to the festival. "The purpose of the festival is not only to give area marching bands a great event and venue to perform at, but for participants to meet and mingle with kids from all over the area who do the same thing every week," he said. "There are no contests or rivalries, just an evening to celebrate the countless hours that each school puts into their show each season."
The following 12 schools from seven counties will perform:
- Oil City Oiler Marching Band
- Franklin Black Knight Marching Band
- Titusville Rocket Marching Band
- Keystone Panther Marching Band
- Lakeview Sailor Marching Band
- Cambridge Springs Marching Blue Devils
- Warren Dragon Marching Band
- Conneaut Area Eagle Marching Band
- Fort LeBoeuf Stampede of Sound
- Brockway Rover Marching Band
- West Middlesex Big Red Marching Band
- Sharpsville Blue Devils Marching Band
The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on September 9 at Oil City High School. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. As in years past, there will also be raffles, concessions, a bake sale, candy grams and air grams.
The event will go on if it rains but will move indoors to the gymnasium where the bands will crowd the basketball court.
For those who can't make the show, the Oil City High School broadcasting team will livestream the event. Anyone wishing to support the band's fundraising efforts can also send checks payable to OCASD with the Oil Marching Band in the memo line.
For questions, contact Daniel Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see more photos from last year's event please visit https://sayerrich.zenfolio.com/p390515015