An all-day music festival will bring high school bands from across Oregon to Klamath Falls, for what has quickly become a cherished experience for up-and-coming musicians.
The annual High School Basin Bands Festival draws high school collectives from as far away as Portland for an all-day concert experience, taking place on Tuesday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, and admission is free.
While a celebration of music, the event is also competitive. At stake is a spot in the statewide competition, with competing school sizes ranging from 1A to 6A. The event doubles as a showcase for local high schools — Klamath Union, Henley and Mazama — to compete.
The slate of judges compiled to consider the best among the best for the day-long contest are familiar faces, each having served in the role previously. Those ultimately deciding the winners will be Robert Ponto, assistant dean of admission and recruitment in the University of Oregon School of Music; Patrick Murphy, director of bands and assistant professor of music at the University of Portland; and Dan Foster, band director in Portland Public Schools.
“This is the third year in a row,” said Mazama band instructor Rob Izzett, “and it is fast becoming a festival that bands from outside the area are wanting to participate in.”
The Ross Ragland Theater is at 218 N. Seventh St.