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Annual showcase of bands returns to Herndon High School

The annual event returns to Herndon on Sept. 30 (Photo courtesy Pride of Herndon).

An annual event that brings 35 bands from around the region is coming to Herndon next month.

The 26th annual Showcase of Bands will take place on Sept. 30 at Herndon High School (700 Bennett Street). This year’s event features bands that will perform throughout the day — including the Pride of Herndon, which is set to perform in the middle of the day.

Entry is free for students who wear a Herndon Pyramid school shirt with a paying adult. General admission is $6 for students between the ages of six and 12 and $12 for all others, although children age five and under is free.

Kathleen Jacoby, band director of the Pride of Herndon, said the event will kickstart the marching band season. Bands are expected to come from as far as Shenandoah Valley, according to event organizers.

“It’s such a festive event with all the different show themes and storylines, uplifting music and precision marching,” Jacoby added. “Invite your friends and bring your sunscreen – it’s the perfect outdoor event for a fall weekend.”

Each band will compete with bands of a comparable size. Performances are judged based on music and visual work.

“Showcase is great for camaraderie amongst musicians, and for bands around the state to encourage and support each other” Jacoby said.