Vin's People: Marching band festival cranks up 5 p.m. Saturday

October 25, 2013 

There's going to be some beautiful music at Hawkins Stadium, site of the annual Florida Bandmasters Association District 11 Marching Band Festival.

Showtime is 5 p.m. Saturday.

Fifteen bands comprising 1,400 scholastic performers will be on hand from Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee County.

It is the 26th year the festival is being hosted by Manatee High, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton.

Tickets will be available at the festival.

Prices are $7 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 6-12.

Children 6 and under are free.

Parking is $3 per car.

For details, call Manatee High at 941-714-7300, ext. 2182 or 2093.

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Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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