The main event in the 65th Sherburne Pageant of Bands takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. with the parade downtown. Concert band performance is at 9 a.m.
About 30 schools are participating, said Sherburne-Earlville band director Jeff Manwaring, who has coordinated the event for 14 years. Competitions started Thursday for the jazz and small band ensembles, and the event culminates in Saturday’s parade.
One of the schools that will be participating is Laurens, which has traditionally been very successful. Although the band is participating with a new director following the retirement of Daniel Martin, Superintendent Romona Wenck said she is hopeful the various groups competing will do well.
“It has historically been a very big event for our school district,” she said. The students and their instructors have been working very hard in preparation, she said, and “we will be highly competitive.”
The pageant continues to be a success because of several factors, Manwaring said, adding that the facilities are good and “we have really good judges.”
With the help of the local fire and police and the school booster club, “it’s a community event. Everyone works together.” It continues to draw bands from around the state, mostly central New York, because it occurs at the right time of year — after state testing — he said.
Attendance usually depends on the weather; Saturday’s forecast calls for sun. The parade has drawn about 20,000 in past years.