The Nevada Cub Pride Marching Band is putting the final touches on this year’s marching show, “The Music of James Bond.” On Oct. 7, the season culminates in a performance at the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival in Fort Dodge.
Bands from across North Central Iowa will perform in Dodger Stadium for a panel of judges. Nevada plays at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend, with tickets prices at $7 (adults) and $3 (K-12 aged students).
Southern Iowa bands will hold their state festivals the following weekend.
Band director Wade Presley expects NHS to be ready for the event. The band was “finishing up” its performance this week “and making it as good as possible,” he said.
“We’re in pretty good shape going into our last week.”
Its show is “Music of James Bond,” featuring “Skyfall,” “Die Another Day,” “Live and Let Die” and the main theme. Drum majors this year are Malachi Hornbuckle, Elizabeth Wessels and Noelle Huegerich.
Saturday’s festival differs from marching competitions, where places are awarded as judges tally up the points.
Division ratings from one to five awarded at the state festival only reflect the performance of individual bands.
Most bands receive Division I or II ratings, indicating a superior or excellent performance.
The high school participates in the festival “to get other people’s opinion of the band,” said Presley, particularly that of the judging panel.
“It’s our measure against the standard. It’s a tradition started a few years ago,” he said, noting not all 3A bands take part in the festival. The students “are kind of proud that they participate.”