WINFIELD — Southwestern College will be host to the fourth annual Mound of Sound Marching Festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.

Southwestern College logoThe event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

“We are very excited to host the Mound of Sound again,” said Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music at Southwestern College.

“Participating schools will showcase their talents while receiving feedback from our panel of professional adjudicators. The feedback is intended for schools to make improvements in their performance at football games and other marching festivals.”

The event is approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Approximately 700 students from eight schools will participate. Each school will compete in one of four classes, which are determined by band size, not school classification.

Schools participating and their times of performance are:

  • 10 a.m. — Dexter High School;
  • 10:20 a.m. — Riverton High School;
  • 10:40 a.m. — Pratt High School;
  • 11 a.m. — Winfield High School;
  • 11:20 a.m. — lunch break;
  • noon — Great Bend High School;
  • 12:20 p.m. — Arkansas City High School;
  • 12:40 p.m. — Ponca City (Okla.) High School;
  • 1  p.m. — Enid (Okla.) High School.

Awards include grand champion, runner-up, second runner-up, outstanding percussion, outstanding color guard and outstanding drum major. Best in Class awards are determined by total score.

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas. Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.