This Saturday, Feb. 16, Perry High School will host its 35th Annual Perry Band Olympics.


Often referred to as the “Super Bowl” or “World Series” of solo and ensemble contests, Perry Band Olympics has made a name for itself in Iowa and become the prototype of similar contests around the country. This year 10 schools will be represented with 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 the best score in each center. Perry students will participate in the event.


“Because we have a reputation for having highly respected judges from around the state, the Perry Band Olympics attracts some of the Iowa’s most talented high school band programs,” said Brad Sparks, Perry High School band director. “Our judges provide valuable feedback to these students regarding their performances, and many schools will use this event to prepare their students for state solo and ensemble contests coming up in the spring.”


Scores are divided between two grade groups, ­­ 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grade students. The top five 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. Doors to the high school will open at 7 a.m. and 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.