Rockville High School Festival of Bands returns Oct. 19

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Rockville High School will again host hundreds of musicians at the Festival of Bands on Oct. 19. Photo courtesy of Lori Guminiak. - Contributed Photo

A battle of the bands will bring approximately 600 musicians and thousands of spectators to the Rockville High School athletic field on Oct. 19. RHS Festival of Bands coordinator Michael Guminiak said the 21st annual show at RHS will be slightly smaller than last year, with nine bands participating, down from 16, but the 2012 show also included two college bands, which is a rare occurrence.

Plainfield High School and Springfield Central High School are among new entrants into this year's competition.

Awards will be given for best music, best color guard, best percussion and best overall effect. Each band performs three pieces of music.

Rockville High School's band will be performing a "Sounds of Africa"-themed piece, including a percussion-heavy piece, and several props. Guminiak said the performance piece will be more visual this year, as the judging of bands has evolved to include more of the entire spectacle, rather than focusing on the music and movements.

"What's happened is the governing body has turned from strictly music to the music and the visuals," he said, adding that RHS typically scores well on the music alone, and the adjudication caused them to add more visual effects.

Guminiak said the RHS band is technically performing an exhibition, because a band can't win an event which it hosts, but this year's quality of musicians and overall production could net them some awards at the New England Regional competition in Bridgeport on Oct. 26, where 44 bands will compete.

He also said the band is one of the "bright spots of Rockville High" and that most of the credit goes to 34-year band director Darcy Davis. Guminiak said 100 of Davis's students have gone on to play in Division I colleges across the country. "There is really the utmost respect that the parents and kids have for what he does for our children," he said.

Rockville High School's Festival of Bands will take place on Oct. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. Presales tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors or students. Tickets are $10 and $5 at the door. For presale tickets, contact Michael Guminiak at 860-871-2415 or 

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