The SIU Hosts the Annual High School Orchestra Competition on Saturday

The Marching Salukis, featured here in 2021, host the annual meeting “Music and Movement” high school marching band competition on Saturday, October 1 at Saluki Stadium. (Photo by Russell Bailey)

September 29, 2022

The SIU Hosts the Annual High School Orchestra Competition on Saturday

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Illinois – The University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale will host the annual “Music and Movement” High School Marching Band Competition at Saluki Stadium, Saturday, October 1.

Led by George Brozak, Director of Sports Groups, this year’s competition will feature 17 Marching Schools from Illinois and Missouri and allow these students and their families to spend time around SIU’s Marching Salukis and the campus.

“I’m thrilled because the weather seems like a perfect fall day in southern Illinois and on campus for the kids to present the productions they’ve been working on since the summer,” Brozak said. This is the 12th year Brozakwho is also associate director of groups in the Music schoolled the event.

Marching Salukis will also perform

Doors open and ticket sales begin at 9:30 a.m., competition begins at 10 a.m. and prizes are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors . Children under 4 years old are admitted free. The Marching Salukis will present a non-competitive exhibition just before the awards program.


Media Advisory

Journalists, photographers and press crews are invited to cover the Music & Motion band competition on Saturday at Saluki Stadium. For more information, contact George Brozak, Director of Sports Groups and Deputy Director of Groups at SIU Carbondale at 618/453-2776 or [email protected]


Marching Salukis play an essential role

The 165 member Marching Salukis will present an exhibition at 2:15 p.m. before the awards ceremony and they will also play an essential role during the competition.

While working on the event, band members will chaperone the bands, help them get in and out of the field, handle high school hash marks, assist each of the seven judges, do tabulations, and sell tickets and tickets. programs. Performances also serve as an important recruiting tool for the Marching Salukis and SIU Carbondale.

The East Prairie High School Band of Missouri will begin competition at 10 a.m. with the 15-minute opening window. A different group performs every 15 minutes. Bands are divided into four classifications based on band size, not overall enrollment.

Columbia High School will perform in the non-competitive festival division and receive feedback from the judges.

The competing groups and their rankings are:

Class C division

  • Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.
  • East Prairie High School, East Prairie, Missouri.
  • Mater Dei High School
  • Murphysboro High School.
  • Puxico High School, Puxico, Missouri.
  • Richland County High School, Olney.
  • Sparta High School.
  • Wesclin High School, Trenton.

Class B division

  • Carbondale Community High School.
  • Carterville High School.
  • Northwestern High School, Cedar Hill, Mo.
  • Pinckneyville Community High School.

Class AA division

  • West Belleville High School
  • Marian High School.

Class A division

  • Cape Central High School, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
  • Waterloo High School.