The mighty marching bands of Stevenson, Eisenhower, Henry Ford II and Utica
High schools are once again set to fill the fall air with sound of music.
That’s right, it’s again time for the UCS fall classic known as Band-A-Rama. This year’s outdoor musical marching extravaganza will take the field at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 7 at Runkel Stadium on the grounds of Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 39701 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights. Admission is just $5 at the gate for adults and high school students, free for junior high and younger.
This year’s themes are “Under the Big Top’’ presented by the Utica Chieftains Marching Band with director Michael Sauer, “The Music of Sir Paul McCartney” presented by the Eisenhower Eagles Marching Band with director Christopher Traskal, “Dreams and Nightmares” presented by the Ford II Falcons Marching Band with director Matthew Schoenherr and “Welcome to the Jungle” by the Stevenson Titans Marching Band with director Michael Sekich.
Because it’s the only time the talents of all four UCS high school marching bands can be seen together in one place, Band-A-Rama is a one-of-a-kind experience for both the students performing on the field and the audience in the stands.
Ticket proceeds benefit the Louis Gonda Memorial Music Scholarship to fund opportunities for UCS band students to further their music education. Over the years, the Gonda fund has enabled hundreds of students to attend music camps, take private lessons and otherwise enrich their study of music.