"This is the eleventh year for this event," said Al Paulson, Fort Dodge Senior High Band Director.
"There are few contests in the Midwest that offer this type of festival that includes the clinic.
It makes the event very educational and fun for the students involved."
The invitational gives bands the chance to brush up their performances prior to the Iowa High School Music Association's
State Marching Band Competition on October 11.
According to Paulson
, the Invitational is a place for the bands to get constructive feedback from some of the top marching band instructors in the Midwest as they prepare for the state competition.
"The clinic and competition give the bands the opportunity to dig into their performance and identify places to improve upon before the state competition," stated Paulson
"The kids put a lot of time and energy into their performances and want to do the best that they can."