By Alicia Dziak

The Pageant of Bands is an annual tradition that began over 50 years ago. SGI students run the festival while also performing as an exhibition group in both Jazz and Marching Band.

“This is the 56th pageant of bands held here in Springville.  It is one of the few remaining band pageants in the entire state,” said SGI high school band director, Joe Gervase. “It serves as a great opportunity for bands of every level to perform and compete while receiving valuable feedback from the adjudicators.”

Gervase said that while the pageant itself hasn’t changed much over the years, with the decline of marching bands in our area, the participation it once had has declined. “We are looking for ways to try to increase the number of schools involved so this pageant can last for a long time,” he said.

The pageant consists of competitions in Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Indoor Percussion and Indoor Color Guard.  “Bands compete against each other by size class and we also award a grand champion for both Senior High and Junior High,” Gervase explained.

Other schools competing include East Aurora High School, Genesee Valley, Forestville, Sweet Home, Portville, Lancaster and Amherst, among others.

On Friday, schools compete in the Jazz Ensemble portion. Competitions are held in the high school auditorium.

On Saturday, the Concert Band portion will be held in the high school auditorium from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by the Percussion and Color Guard Competition starting at 11:45 a.m. in the gym.

The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the Springville middle school and high school bands leading the way.