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Music of the Knight

October 21, 2017


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Southington High School
720 Pleasant Street
Southington, CT 06489
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Southington's "Music of the Knight" Marching Band Competition - Schedule for the day is available HERE


On Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Southington High School, the Southington High School Blue Knights Marching band will present the 25th Annual Music of the Knight.  This event is a USBands sanctioned marching competition featuring  high school bands from across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and our very own Depaolo and Kennedy Middle School marching bands. 


The event will include Class A and Open Class bands.  Within each class, bands from six different size categories, based on the number of performers, will compete for awards including placement trophies in each class, caption trophies (Best Color Guard, Best Marching, Best Percussion, Best Music, Best Overall Effect), and "Grand Champion." 


The Award-Winning Southington Blue Knights Marching Band under the direction of Sara Ossias will perform an exhibition of their 2017 Show.  In keeping with tradition, SHS Band Alumni will lead the Blue Knights onto the field for their performance. 


Music of the Knight has been designated a "Gold Event" by USBands and is one of the largest and most well-attended high school band competition in New England.  It is the band's major fund-raiser of the season and, with the assistance of many sponsors in the community, the band relies on this event to raise about 50% of its operating budget. 


Tickets are available at the door the day of the event: General Admission $10, Seniors and students $5. Southington Marching Band Alumni wearing their band jacket will be admitted for FREE.

Free parking will be available on the Flanders Street side of the high school parking lot as well as at Joseph A DePaolo Middle School, 385 Pleasant Street. (shuttle bus provided)

Here is a reference layout map




This year's coordinators for the Music Of The Knight program guide are Tara Gorr, Nicole Pyle and Donna Fontano

bullet Music Of The Knight Program Guide Information/Forms
bulletVolunteer Information



Senior Breakfast - 8am


Guard/Percussion - 9am


Band Report - Prior to 10am


Full Rehearsal - 10am-1:30pm


Uniforms for the opening of MOTK - 2:00pm


Line up at 2:20 in back of band room


Middle Schools National Anthem - 2:45pm


***Those with meal plan are given a voucher to eat on own between 3-4:30pm. NO EATING IN UNIFORM!!!


Drumline 1st Half Awards - 6:15pm in uniform, meet Mr. Stuppler at 5:45pm


Awards - 1st Half: 6:15pm


Uniforms - 7pm


Warm ups in Parking Lot - 7:30pm


Performance - 8:45pm


Senior Recognition - 9pm


Awards 2nd Half - 9:15pm


Equipment and Uniforms Put Away - 9:30pm


Clean Up - Everyone is here until cleanup is complete!





bullet 2017 USBands Schedule & Scores


bullet 2017 MOTK Schedule



How are competitions scored?  CLICK HERE



The largest fundraising event of the year is Music of the Knight (MOTK), our home Marching Band competition.  When properly executed this event can raise enough money to cover more than half our expenses for the year.

But, many volunteers are needed to make this event a reality!

This year's volunteers coordinators are Tisha and Erik Semmel,


What runs all day and into the night, includes 20 high school and middle school marching bands and requires hundreds of volunteers to pull off?  The SHS Marching Band's annual Music Of The Knight US Bands competition is the largest marching band competition in New England. 


This event does not run on its own.  It requires the dedication of all band parents.  Even band parent alumni return year after year to support our organization.  Former as well as current band parents all understand the importance of music in education, and are willing to work hard to keep it in our schools.  If you have not volunteered already, please sign up at band camp to volunteer for any of the MOTK committees or contact Tisha or Erik.


Saturday morning 10/21 is set-up time for the grounds.  This includes setting up the tents, wiring and lighting the venue and marking areas for Saturday's competition.  Many hands make this task go quickly.  No tools or special skills are necessary. 

Please consider volunteering ... with your help, we can continue to make MOTK one of the premier marching band competitions in the country.