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.
2017 Event Dates: October 17th, 18th and 19th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
2017 Postponement (rain) dates: October 23, 24 & 25th
Below is the 2017 order of performance:
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Brentwood High School - opening ceremony
FREE Players Drum Corps, Patchogue-Medford, Amityville, Division Ave., Bethpage, Harborfields, Lindenhurst, Elwood/John Glenn, Freeport, Plainview Old Bethpage-JFK, Longwood, Long Beach, Wantagh, West Babylon, Brentwood
Wednesday, Oct. 18: Elmont High School- opening ceremony
Three Village Patriot Marching Band, Floral Park, Roosevelt, New Hyde Park, Island Trees, H. Frank Carey, Valley Stream North, Sewanhaka, Elmont, North Babylon, Hauppauge, Valley Stream South, Massapequa, Valley Stream Central, Commack
Thursday, Oct. 19: Farmingdale High School - opening ceremony
Islip, Eastport South Manor, Seaford, Oceanside, Kings Park, Lynbrook, General Douglas MacArthur, Malverne, Central Islip, Rocky Point, Uniondale, Connetquot, Farmingdale, Northport