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Pageant of Bands back for year 55

SPRINGVILLE—One of the longest running pageants in New York will bring in many of the area’s finest young musicians to Springville as the 55th annual Springville Pageant of Bands comes to the village May 19-20.

Starting on Friday, May 19 the regional jazz ensemble competitions will be held throughout the day at Springville-Griffith Institute High School. Saturday, May 20 will start with the concert band, color guard and percussion competitions at S-GI High School.

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Following the competitions on Saturday, bands will march from the high school to Main Street for the start of the parade at 1:30 p.m. This year, about a dozen bands from regional area schools will perform their music down Main Street to be judged on their marching technique and musicianship before arriving at the high school’s Pop Warner Field for the awards ceremony. Along with the bands, local car enthusiasts and Corvettes of Buffalo will drive the pageant queens through the parade.

Since its start in 1963 by former Springville Band Director Gerald DeLisle, Springville Pageant of Bands has consistently grown over the years, which helped lead to Springville being named one of the best communities for music education in 2008 by the NAMM Foundation. Also big in the growth of Pageant of Bands has been Springville Band Director Joe Gervase, who has been the pageant chairman since 2011. Gervase has been able to give students in the music department the opportunity to coordinate many of the activities of the pageant and give these students a chance that most schools do not provide.

Food and beverages will be provided by the Springville Kiwanis on May 20 at the high school concession stand at the entrance to Pop Warner Field and will help support the pageant for years to come. A live webstream of the event will be offered at www.springvillegi.org to those who cannot attend the event.

For more information, visit the Springville Pageant of Bands Facebook page.

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