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 ticket will be available through any participating school beginning with the September, 2020 school year. Tickets 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.
2020 Event Dates: October 20th, 21st and 22nd (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
2020 Postponement (rain) dates: October26,27 & 28 (Wednesday and Thursday)
Below you will find the 2019 order of performance:
Tuesday, Oct. 15: Longwood High School - opening ceremony
Amityville, Division Ave., Elwood/John Glenn, Bethpage, Plainedge, Patchogue-Medford, Harborfields, Freeport, Kings Park, Rocky Point, Wantagh, Longwood and West Babylon
Wednesday, Oct. 16: H. Frank Carey - opening ceremony
FREE Players Drum Corps , Floral Park, Sewanhaka, Three Village, Island Trees, Elmont, Hauppauge, H. Frank Carey, Roosevelt, New Hyde Park, Uniondale, Massapequa, and Commack
Thursday, Oct. 17: Northport and Central Islip High Schools - opening ceremony
Islip, Long Beach, Eastport South Manor, Oceanside, Seaford, General Douglas MacArthur, Lynbrook, North Babylon, Plainview-Old Bethpage/JFK, Malverne, Central Islip, Breantwood, Connetquot, Farmingdake and Northport