High school musicians compete for honors at Hillsboro Stadium

It’s halftime all day at the Southridge Spectacle of Sound, a day of competition between area high school bands Saturday at the Hillsboro Stadium, 4450 N.W. 229th Ave.

Bands from across the region and as far away as Seattle will compete while delighting the crowd with music and dance entertainment.

Ticket sales begin at 9:30 a.m. and are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $5 for elementary and middle school students. Younger children are free.

Bands will perform choreographed shows with original music, props and costumes. Shows no longer consist of straight lines and spelling out school names. Band shows have themes ranging from the early days of film to Japanese masters of war. The shows can include old favorites and stunning visual design, including costumes and larger-than-life props.

Preliminary competition will be in the morning and early afternoon. During preliminaries, bands compete against other bands in the same class, based on size.

Finals are held in the evening. Top finishers will be awarded trophies in both preliminary and final competition. Special trophies will be given for music, visual, general effect, color guard and percussion as well as best drum major and best soloist.

Music programs in Beaverton and other area districts have been under pressure due to tight school district budgets, and music education has been reduced in all grade levels. Extracurricular programs such as marching bands receive some support from the district, but are primarily funded by student fees, fundraising and community contributions.

“Band competitions are a day to push yourself to your limit,” said Rachel Leong, a Southridge High School junior. “They’re an excuse to go out on a field in front of hundreds of people and showcase what you love to do with people you love to be with.

“I love being with people from other bands and being able to critique myself based on them and growing as a musician through experience and hard work.”

For more information, visit or call Mary Carey at 503-853-4258.

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