The Newsday Marching band Festival is celebrating its 47th year in 2009. It will take place October 20-22.
Ever since 1963, the grounds of Hofstra University have pulsated with cheers and music from this annual event.
**PROGRAMMING NOTE: The USMC Band will begin playing at 7:20 on Thursday night, 10 minutes earlier than originally scheduled. See full schedule below.
The Newsday Marching Band Festival acts as a fundraiser for each participating school band and, also funds the Newsday Marching Grant program that assists Hofstra Music students in their studies.
Once the festical begins, log on for daily photo and video uploads during the festival and be sure to tune to Cablevision Ch. 14 on Thanksgiving Day as MSG Varsity presents our yearly TV recap broadcast.
Dates: Tuesday October 20; Wednesday October 21; Thursday October 22
Times: Step-off - 7:30pm
Wrap-up - between 10pm and 11pm, nightly
Tickets: $8 in advance from any participating school
$10 each night at the stadium gate
Children 10 years of age and younger - Free
Parking: Free - North side of Hempstead Turnpike. Follow the instructions of Nassau County Police and Auxiliary Police units on location.
Cancellations: The Festival steering committee meets each morning on the dates of the festival to decide if a rain date will be needed. If a performance is postponed the participating schools will be notified before 10 a.m., that day, and the performance shall be rescheduled for the next available evening the following Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (October 26-28).
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Wednesday, Oct. 21
**PROGRAMMING NOTE: The USMC Band will begin playing at 7:20 on Wedndesday night, 10 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.
Valley Stream North
Plainview – Old Bethpage
Valley Stream South
Valley Stream Central
Thursday, Oct. 22
**PROGRAMMING NOTE: The USMC Band will begin playing at 7:20 on Thursday night, 10 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.
New Hyde Park
H. Frank Carey
Eastport South Manor HS