Norwich hosts Fall Festival of Bands Saturday

NORWICH – The 33rd annual Fall Festival of Bands will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday under lights at Norwich High School.

The Norwich show is one of the oldest in the New York State Field Band Conference. The conference began with what was called “The Gold Rush” in 1971 in Sherburne. Two years later, Norwich began competing and out of the six original charter members, only three now perform. There are nearly 60 bands overall in the conference.

Performing bands competing in Norwich this weekend include Pride of Westmoreland, Johnson City Wildcats, Johnstown Marching Sir Bills, Baldwinsville Bees, Central Square RedHawk Regiment, New Hartford Spartans, Norwich Tornado, and a drum major retreat.

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