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OREGON, Ill. — Oregon School District students perform Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in one of the musical highlights of the season during the 20th Annual Band Extravaganza.
The always popular event will take place at the Blackhawk Center in Oregon, 1101 Jefferson St., and is free to the public. Band students in grades 5-12 will be performing.
“For the majority of the kids, this is their favorite performance of the year,” said Andy Eckhardt, band director for Oregon High School. “The main idea behind the Band Extravaganza is to show the growth of our band students as they progress from fifth grade to high school. It’s really fun to see how far these students have come.”
The fifth-grade, sixth-grade, junior high school and high school bands will all perform, both together and individually during the Extravaganza. Since this is the 20th anniversary of the event, a special feature will be taking place with several Oregon alumni invited to attend and perform with the students.
“We’re very proud of our band program, and I think the Oregon community is as well,” Eckhardt said. “Almost every year, the bleachers are filled to capacity at the Blackhawk Center, and were hopeful that will be the case this year as well.”
Approximately 175 students from the Oregon School District will take place in the Band Extravaganza, and it is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.
Posted March 19, 2014