High Plains Marching Festival

* Please Note Date Change

 marching bandThe High Plains Marching Festival is a wonderful opportunity for high school marching bands to showcase the hard work they have put in all season. We feature a wide variety of band sizes and school classifications. The event is especially valuable for new marching bands looking for a great first festival experience.

Every year we also enjoy hosting high schools and middle schools who come to observe the festival.

This year's festival promises to be another great event.  It will take place on Monday, October 28, 2013*, at Lewis Field Stadium at FHSU.  To enter as participants or observers, please complete the application available below.

2013 High Plains Marching Festival Application  

 The High Plains Marching Festival will use a six judge format. All bands will be adjudicated by: two Music judges, one General Effect judge, one Marching judge, one Percussion judge, and one Auxiliary judge. The percussion and auxiliary ratings will not be used to compute the final rating; however, we will recognize outstanding performances in these areas. All bands participating on the field will be included in the awards ceremony at the end of the festival. Judges for 2013 are Craig Miller, Sid Showalter, Bill McMosley, Jeff Jordan, Dean Kranzler, and Brianna Day.

 NOTE: All judges will be requested to provide both written and recorded comments for each band. Bands will be scheduled by size, but we will also do our best to honor special scheduling requests submitted in advance. The entry fee will be also be due by September 30, 2013, unless other arrangements are made with Lane Weaver. General admission is $3 for all students with a student ID $5 for adults. The concession stand at Lewis Field will be open during the festival.

Mail entry fees payable to FHSU Department of Music and Theatre to:

Dr. Lane Weaver
FHSU Department of Music & Theatre
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601

High Plains Marching Festival Performance Schedule
Stanton County High School - 10:40am
Scott City High School - 11:00am
Cimarron High School - 11:20am
Goodland High School - 11:40am
Hays High School - 12:00noon


Nickerson High School -12:35pm
Larned High School - 12:55pm
Concordia High School - 1:15pm
Chapman High School - 1:35pm
Dighton High School - 1:55pm


Goddard High School - 2:30pm
Eisenhower High School - 2:50pm
Liberal High School - 3:10pm
Manhattan High School - 3:30pm

FHSU Exhibition performance at 3:50pm

Awards at 4:05pm


Questions?  Please contact Dr. Lane Weaver or call (785-628-5353).