(Seguin) -- Let the marching begin! The Seguin High School Band Program is preparing to host its first ever marching contest this Saturday at Matador Stadium. The Seguin Marching Festival is marching contest featuring some of the top bands from this region.
SHS Band Director Stan Mauldin says everything is in place to host the one of a kind experience for both small and large school bands.
"We're still on schedule for the weekend. We have 13 other bands coming. We'll start the contest at 8:30 on Saturday morning. Then they have a prelims finals event. So everybody that is there in the morning will make finals. The reason we do that (is) some of the smaller schools never have the opportunity to make (the) finals, because usually the band contests are full of really big bands, so the smaller schools don't have a chance to make finals. So (we) they want to give everybody the opportunity to experience finals. The morning show will start about 8:30, (and) stops about 4:30, Judson goes on about 4:30 in the afternoon, and then finals start about 5:30 that night, and we go on at 10 o'clock (Saturday nights)," said Mauldin.
Mauldin says not only is the structure of the contest unique but the judges being brought in are tops in their fields.
"It's a full day schedule. The prelims performances (have) an educational component. What we want to do is, we brought in five judges from across the state. These guys are the best in their field. They're some of the top guys in the country that just happen to live close to us. So it turned out really good for us that we could bring them in. (The) number one (thing) is (we have) judges that will talk to the kids and their staff. So there's a mini-clinic in the morning, and then in the finals performances. That's a real contest. We're going to rank you one through 13, and give you score and that kind of thing. The morning is educational driven, and the evening is a real contest," said Mauldin.
Mauldin says hosting the marching contest is a win-win for not only the band students, but also for the community as a whole. He says while SHS Marching Band members will not be among those competing, but they will be among those offering a performance all the while learning how to better their talents.
"It's giant for the program. The kids are just really excited. I was talking to Richard Crain. (He) is one of our judges. He lives in Houston. He's also the president of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. So he's going to come in Friday to listen to the band. He'll be at the game Friday night. So for our kids to be around those kind of people (is exciting). Keith Bearden is also coming in. He's the director emeritus at Texas Tech (University). He does a lot of the national band work. So to have these kind of people hanging out with our kids and talking to them, helping our program get better -- the kids are just really thrilled that we could be doing this. Beyond that for us to be able to reach out to our community and reach out to our band community and have this to be something that all of us get to benefit from is just amazing. So I think our community will love the contest. We're bringing 1,500 kids here, that'll bring in another 2,000 adults. They got to eat lunch and get gas and do all of that kind of stuff. So it should be a great day for the community and it's certainly a great day for the band program," said Mauldin.
The marching contest gets started bright and early Saturday morning. It's slated to officially run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Matador Stadium. Tickets for the all day event are $10 each, and will be available at the gate.