One of the largest marching band competitions of the season is set for Saturday at Wheaton North High School.
Wheaton North's 25th annual Falcon Fest will feature bands from 16 high schools competing in three different classes. As the host school, Wheaton North won't compete but will perform in exhibition near the end of the night.
The festival will be held 4:20 to 9:30 p.m. at Wheaton North, 701 W. Thomas Road, Wheaton. Competing bands will be coming from Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Naperville Central High School and Wheeling High School.
Among the large bands expected to take to the football field this year are units from Neuqua Valley, Fremd and Lake Park high schools. They will square off in the Class AAA division. Bands with fewer musicians will be competing in Class AA and Class A divisions.
The Wheaton North band is scheduled to do its exhibition performance at 8:45 p.m.
The evening will end with awards being presented at 9:15 p.m. for outstanding visual performance, outstanding musical performance, outstanding general effect and outstanding percussion.
Admission to the festival is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for children younger than 6, and $20 for families, with a maximum of two adults and two children (additional children are $5 each).
For details, visit wnband.org.