Stirring music, spirited marching

The Alvin Patterson Battle of the Bands and Drumline Competition is set for this Saturday, and you can preview it all for free tomorrow afternoon. Watch the bands form up and then set off toward the Capitol, complete with brass, drumlines, and plenty of SWAC-style everything. If you work downtown, spend an hour’s vacation time; if you’re at home with the kids head downtown to see it all begin, at 2 pm (or be there earlier to see the bands form up). The local traditional Juneteenth parade will be on Tuesday, June 19, scheduled to begin at 10 am, with a route from MLK along Comal, then Rosewood to the park. This may be a third opportunity within a week to catch our own Austin All Star Band, with participants from many AISD schools working on their SWAC style. (See links to past entries about these wonderful recurring events.)

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