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Pageant of Bands 50th anniversary on May 17 – 18

Editor:I apologize for inadvertently submitting information about last year's Pageant instead of the correct information for this year's 51st Pageant of Bands.  I hope this error on my part did not cause anyone any inconvenience. This year’s Springville Pageant of Bands marches into town on Friday, May 17, with regional jazz ensemble competitions at Griffith Institute High School. Saturday morning, May 18, kicks off with concert band, color guard and percussion competitions at the high school, before the parade. On Saturday afternoon, the bands march from the high school, starting at 1, to arrive on Main Street at 1:30, for the official start of the parade. Each participating marching band is judged on both marching technique and musicianship, over a 300-foot reviewing section of Main Street. This year, about a dozen bands from various school systems within the regional area will be participating in the parade, now in its 51st year. The Springville Pageant of Bands, one of the longest-running pageants within New York state, showcases many of the area’s fine young musicians. The finale of the day, the awards ceremony for the pageant, takes place on the high school’s Pop Warner Field, immediately following the parade. The local pageant was started in 1963, by then-Springville Band Director Gerald F. DeLisle, who was director from 1960 – 1983. In 1962, Mr. DeLisle had taken the Griffith Institute High School concert and marching bands to the Gorham Pageant of Bands in Central New York state.The Springville Concert Band took first place in the concert competition and Springville was awarded the Grand Achievement Award for the Gorham Pageant. As a result of this accomplishment, Mr. DeLisle immediately made plans to start a similar band pageant in Springville. From the very beginning, in 1963, the Springville Kiwanis Club, whose motto is “Serving the Children of the World,” has co-sponsored this exciting event with the school and continues to do so, to the present day.Mr. DeLisle remained an active member of the Springville Kiwanis and helped with the Pageant of Bands, until he moved from the area in 2005. The public is encouraged to attend these various events and to learn a little about why, in 2008, Springville was named by the NAMM Foundation as one of the best communities for music education in the country.Springville Band Director Joe Gervase has been the pageant coordinator since 2011. Mr. Gervase enlists the help of the students in the music department, to help coordinate the many varied activities of the pageant. This gives the students an opportunity not available to most high school music students.The school also provides a live Web stream on its website. Select “Pageant of Bands” under the “community” heading at, for those wishing to make a virtual appearance at the event.Food and beverages, provided by the Springville Kiwanis, will be available Saturday, at the high school concession stand at the entrance to Pop Warner Field. Proceeds from the concession stand and donations from many generous Springville area businesses directly help support the pageant.We especially appreciate the year-after-year support of our pageant trophy sponsors. They have provided the needed support to keep the pageant going all these years.Come on out to see the sights and enjoy the sounds of the Springville Pageant of Bands. Truly a Springville tradition.Mike Pendl
Kiwanis Club of Springville


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