“Music of the Knight” competition to be held Oct. 24

The annual "Music of the Knight" band competition is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18. Blue Knight band members, above, gather at last year's celebration.

The annual “Music of the Knight” band competition is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. Blue Knight band members, above, gather at last year’s celebration.

On Saturday, Oct.24, the Southington High School Blue Knights Marching Band will present the 23rd annual “Music of the Knight” marching band competition at Fontana Field at Southington High School. This event is a US Bands sanctioned marching competition.

Twenty-two high school bands from across Connecticut and Massachusetts will be competing for the title. The final performance schedule will be posted by US bands on their website www.USBands.org.

Music of the Knight has been designated a “Gold Event” by US Bands and is one of the largest and most well-attended high school band competition in New England. It is the band’s major fund-raiser of the season and, with the assistance of many sponsors in the community, the band relies on this event to raise about 50 percent of its operating budget.

The event kicks off at 2:55 p.m. with performances by the Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School Band, under the direction of Richard Santanella, and the John F. Kennedy Middle School Band, under the direction of Tim Johnson.

The Award Winning Southington Blue Knights Marching Band under the direction of Sara Ossias and Harrison Stuppler will perform an exhibition of their 2014 Show, “The Coven.” In keeping with tradition, SHS band alumni will lead the Blue Knights onto the field for their performance. The evening will conclude with the SHS senior recognition and the award ceremony.

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