PERRY, Iowa — South Korea is not the only one currently hosting the Olympics. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Perry will host its 34th Annual Perry Band Olympics.


Doors to the high school will open at 7 a.m. to welcome 10 schools and nearly 1,000 student musicians ready to give their personal best in each of their events.


Individuals and ensembles will perform for judges in 17 centers. Each center is dedicated to a particular instrument or ensemble group, and students will compete for their best scores. Perry students will participate in the event.


“The Perry Band Olympics has put our school on the map, so to speak, attracting a number of very talented high school band programs,” said Brad Sparks, Perry High School band director. “We have highly respected judges from around the state providing great feedback to these students regarding their performances.”


“Many schools will use this event to prepare their students for state solo and ensemble contests, which will happen around Iowa in the spring.”


Scores are divided between two grade groups — 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grade students. The top 5 scores for each instrument and ensemble in the two groups will be recognized in an awards program at the end of the day-long Band Olympics.


Perry Band Olympics is open to the public. Admission is $3. Food is available for purchase and all proceeds go to the Perry High School Instrumental Music Department. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 5 p.m.