The Western Band Association will bring together 62 high school bands from across California for championship competitions this weekend in Clovis and Merced.
The championship events will take place at Buchanan High School and Merced College.
On Saturday, 37 bands will compete in the Small Band Championships in three classes based on size at Merced College.
Among the 37, central San Joaquin Valley school bands include Mt. Whitney, Visalia; Golden West, Visalia; Madera; Madera South; Washington Union, Easton; Selma; Hanford; Sierra Pacific, Hanford; Tulare Western; and Kingsburg.
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At Veterans Memorial Stadium on the Buchanan High campus Saturday, 25 bands will compete in two classes in the Large Band Championships.
Local schools include Buchanan; Bullard; Clovis; Clovis East; Clovis North; El Diamante, Visalia; Lemoore; and Tulare Union.
The top 16 small bands and the top 17 large bands from Saturday’s scores will compete in the Grand Championships at Buchanan on Sunday.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors.
The ticket covers both days of the event. Parking will be free at Merced College.