Owasso Progress


September 22, 2010

Thousands expected at weekend’s band contest

OWASSO — The hills of Owasso will be alive with the sound of music this Saturday — marching band music, to be precise, as the city hosts the 12th annual Owasso Invitational Marching Band Contest.

Scheduled to begin Saturday morning, bands from around the state will compete for honors from Owasso Stadium at the high school.

Bands entered in the competition include those from Victory Christian, Durant, Tahlequah, Pryor, Tulsa Memorial, Skiatook, Coweta, Stillwater, Bixby, Union, and more.

As in previous years, the city will be offering free shuttle services for those who attend the band competition.

“This is one of the largest band competitions in the state — a qualifying competition, and one which draws literally thousands of people to Owasso,” said Chelsea Harkins, economic development director, City of Owasso. “This will be the fourth year that we (the city) have partnered with the school to provide free shuttles for parents, guests, and other attendees (of the contest).

“From 3-7 p.m., there will be three school buses to shuttle people from the competition at the high school to area restaurants and other retail areas in the city,” she said.

While shuttling attendees to local business is always beneficial for the economy, Harkins said they are done more as a service for contest attendees.

“We see this as a good guest service as this is a very hectic day for those people — because of all the bands attending and the people who are at the contest, traffic is very hectic,” she said. “The shuttles simply help everyone to avoid having to fight the traffic, having to get in an out of their vehicles and try and find a good place to eat or to shop — this helps make the day more enjoyable for everyone.”

Owasso’s annual Owasso International Marching Band Contest will run through Saturday, Sept. 25.

For more information, visit www.prideofowasso.com/Owasso_Invitational.html.

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