The Newsday Marching Band Festival Committee is making plans for our 2021 festival. Keeping a close eye on CDC guidelines and working closely with Nassau County, the owners of Mitchell Field, we do expect to present the festival this year. Our scheduled dates are: October 19, 20 and 21st. Looking forward to hearing the music play again and hope to see you in October!
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.
Having only missed one year in all the festivals history (2020 due to the pandemic), the Newsday Marching Band Festival carries on creating treasured memories for generations of Long Islanders.
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, 2021 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.
2021 Event Dates: October 19, 20 & 21st
2021 Postponement (rain) dates: October 25, 26 & 27th
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