13 Bands Take Field Saturday, Oct. 17 for 2015 Delmarvacade of Bands
Parkside High School and the Parkside Band Boosters present the 2015 Delmarvacade of Bands at Wicomico County Stadium, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Posted on 10/16/2015
One of the most exciting and uplifting nights of the marching band season is coming up Saturday, Oct. 17, when Parkside High School and the Parkside Band Boosters present the 2015 Delmarvacade of Bands at Wicomico County Stadium, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Thirteen high school marching bands from throughout the region will fill Wicomico County Stadium that night with the sights and sounds of their field show as bands tune up for the impending championship events. Marching bands from the three Salisbury high schools will perform.

6:15 p.m. Wicomico High School Marching Band, Lillian Hoffman, Director of Bands, 2015 field show “Atlantis.” Join the Wicomico High School Marching Band to travel to the hidden city of Atlantis. Through the music of Saucedo, Williams, and Bocook, the band will begin this journey with the resurrection of the booming metropolis. The use of musical themes and a gentle trumpet solo in the second movement evoke the calm before the storm. The journey ends as the civilization meets its demise by the sea.


 8:15 p.m.: James M. Bennett High School Clipper Marching Band and Color Guard presents “Around the World in 8 Minutes.” Jules Verne’s classic narrative of a fantastic world tour has captivated readers for nearly 150 years. In a playful twist, the Clippers invite you to travel the world musically in eight minutes. The rich, ethnic flavors of each musical selection will lead the audience from one country to the next. The journey begins in London, with the sounds of the traditional brass band at the palace. Then it’s on to India, the land of intrigue and mystery, Malaysia, and Singapore. The musical journey continues to Japan, capturing the mesmerizing beauty of the lotus and the power of the Kyoto drums. The next stop is the USA, featuring the jazzy, swinging sounds of the big city. The return to London caps off the whirlwind tour of the world.  The Clipper Marching Band is under the direction of Douglas Miles.


8:45 p.m. The host, Parkside High School Marching Rams, proudly presents “War.” This field show is intended to pay tribute to all of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have made great sacrifices to protect our freedoms at home and abroad.  It features music of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” as well as “Sensemaya” by Sylvestre Revueltas. The 2015 Marching Rams are under the direction of Kevin Zaczkiewicz. 

Between bands, parents, and spectators, the Delmarvacade is expected to draw thousands of people to the stadium. Bands will compete starting at 5:30 p.m., with each band performing the kind of field show people are accustomed to seeing at halftime of football games. Each performance will last seven to 12 minutes, and a new band will take the field about every 15 minutes.

Bands will compete in four categories, depending on the number of instrumentalists in the band. Parkside High and James M. Bennett High are in Group 3-O, and Wicomico is in Group 2-A. (Parkside, as host, will perform in exhibition.)  There will be an awards ceremony at the end of the night.

The schedule is posted here: http://windi.njatob.org/share/seasons/87c6033e-aaf3-11e4-93da-000c297990a9/competitions/601cbe5e-abbb-11e4-86c3-000c297990a9

The event will be adjudicated by professional judges of the National Judges Association. Bands will be judged on every aspect of their field show, including both musical and visual elements, individual and group elements, as well as the overall general effect of the show.  Each band will receive a score based on a 100-point scale, and a trophy.

Marching bands often stay all evening, even after they have competed. "They support each other, even though they are rivals," says Gary Beauchamp, supervisor of fine and performing arts for Wicomico schools and the founder of the event in 1977. Students know they are competing not just against each other, but against their own previous performances, trying to make this one just a little bit better.

Admission to Delmarvacade of Bands is $7, or $5 for students and seniors. A program detailing the participants, with a score sheet to keep track of how the bands are doing, is $5. The Parkside Band Boosters will donate $1 from each program sold to Women Supporting Women of Salisbury.

For information call Kevin Zaczkiewicz, Parkside High School band director, at 410-677-5161.