It’s hard to believe that we’re so near the completion of the 2016 marching season. To this date, we have had 32 contests (in state), where 175 Michigan bands have performed. This isn’t counting any contest out of state, or any non-MCBA or SMB invitationals, or MSBOA festival. Can you believe it?! This weekend, 55 bands compete for the opportunity to qualify for MCBA State Finals – only the top 12 bands per flight advance. Who will take to turf at Ford Field next Saturday?
Admission Prices for each of the following events is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. These prices are set by MCBA.
Michigan Marching staff will be at the West Shore Invitational this weekend. If you are at Great Lakes or Huron Valley for any awards ceremony, please jot down scores and share them with us. We annually get the most requests for scores this weekend. If anyone can provide scores, we will be better able to provide scores to everyone.
Great Lakes Invitational
10 bands will perform at Great Lakes Invitational, hosted at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park in Canton. The event begins at 4:00 PM, with competition beginning at 4:15. Flight order is: IV, III, II, then I. Awards for all Flights will be at 7:00 PM.
Huron Valley Invitational
Huron Valley is hosted by Lakeland High School in White Lake. 19 bands will perform at this competition, which begins at 2:50 PM. Flight performance order is IV, III, I, with awards for these Flights at 6:45 PM. Flight II competition begins at 7:45, and concludes with Awards at 9:30 PM.
West Shore Invitational
Muskegon Reeths-Puffer hosts West Shore Invitational this Saturday at Rockford High School in Rockford. The competition begins at 2:00 PM, and 26 bands are in attendance. Flight IV performs first, and Awards will be at 5:15 PM. Competition resumes at 6:00, with Flights III, I, and II. Awards for these Flights will be at 10:00 PM.
MCBA culminates in State Finals, held November 5 this year. In each Flight, the top 12 scoring bands – based on averaging their highest two scores – will advance to state finals. The Championship Average Scores – the CAS – will be finalized after Saturday’s competitions. An official CAS will be released by MCBA. We have an unofficial CAS that you can peruse in the meantime.
An official State Finals competition will not be available until Sunday, after the CAS has been finalized. At State, bands perform in reverse CAS order; the 12th place band performs first, with the first place band performing last. Knowing this, and the Flight start times, we have a tentative performance schedule available. Once we know the final schedule, we will update the page.
We want to wish all bands the best of luck this weekend!
As always, it is impossible for us to be at every competition. Please take a few minutes after the show to send us scores, and if you’re feeling generous – send us Band Program information. You do not have to be affiliated with a band to send information in! If you bought a program, we’re interested in Band Name, Directors, Show Title, and Musical Selections.