Crown Jewel Band Festival to be held Oct. 17

On Saturday, Oct.17th the Citrus Bowl Stadium at Vero Beach High School will come alive with thousands of high school musicians from Florida’s top high school bands performing their halftime and competition shows in the 28th Annual Treasure Coast Crown Jewel Band Festival.

This annual gathering of some of the finest high school bands in Florida is presented in a Preliminary and Finals format.  Tickets are $12 for both Prelims and Finals.  Tickets are not available for the preliminary competition only.

The Finals Competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets for the finals competition will be $10.00 per person and available at the Stadium Gate.

The Crown Jewel Band Festival is sponsored jointly by the Vero Beach High School Band and the Fighting Indians Band Boosters.  Formed 28 years ago by VBHS Band Director Jim Sammons and Mr. Gordon Popple, former Assistant Principal and Director of Community Education, the Crown Jewel Band Festival is one of the oldest and most successful of its kind in Florida.

The festival requires many dozens of volunteers from the booster organization, community, band alumni, and current band members.  These volunteers manage and work every aspect of the logistics of the festival from bus parking, concessions, guiding bands around the campus and stadium, ushering, and ticketing to name just a few of the dozens of tasks that are staffed from 6 a.m. to midnight on festival day.

“The festival requires many hours of planning and lots of meetings” commented Sammons.  “The festival brings together a large contingent of boosters, community volunteers, and of course our Fighting Indians Band members work all day and then perform at the very end of the finals.”

“We are looking forward to another great festival and encourage the public to support the fine talents and efforts of these amazing young musicians” says Sammons. Profits from the festival benefit the operations of the Vero Beach High School Band.

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