In 1963 the Newsday Marching Band Festival began with a one-day performance featuring 13 bands.
The Newsday Marching Band Festival acts as a fundraiser for each participating school band and also funds a donation to Newsday Charities.
Location: Mitchel Field Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., across from the Cradle of Aviation Museum and the Long Island Children's Museum
Tickets: Your $10 ticket is available through any participating school. They will also be available for purchase at the gate each performance night, as well. Children 10 years old and younger are admitted for free. There is no assigned seating.
Start Time (all nights): 7 p.m.
2016 Event Dates: October 18th, 19th and 20th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
Below is last year's (2015) order of performance:
Wednesday, Oct. 14: H. Frank Carey opening ceremony
Sewanhaka, Floral Park, H. Frank Carey, Oceanside, Three Village Patriot Marching Band, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream North, North Babylon, Hauppauge, Wantagh, Valley Stream South, Valley Stream Central and Commack.
Thursday, Oct. 15: Farmingdale opening ceremony
Islip, Lindenhurst, Bethpage, Seaford, Kings Park, Island Trees, Eastport South Manor, Malverne, Lynbrook, Brentwood, Central Islip, Rocky Point, Connetquot, Farmingdale and Northport.
Monday, Oct. 19: Harborfields opening ceremony
FREE Players, Division Ave., Amityville, Plainedge, Harborfields, Plainview-Old Bethpage, Elwood/John Glenn, Longwood, Freeport, MacArthur, Long Beach, Massapequa, West Babylon and Uniondale.