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APSU to host "Mass Band" performance at Govs Stadium on Oct. 25

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “It will be a massive, massive sound,” John Schnettler, director of Athletic Bands at Austin Peay State University, said.

            He was referring to the upcoming “Mass Band” performance at 4:30 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 25, when more than 1,200 band students will perform together inside APSU’s Governors Stadium.

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – “It will be a massive, massive sound,” John Schnettler, director of Athletic Bands at Austin Peay State University, said.

            He was referring to the upcoming “Mass Band” performance at 4:30 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 25, when more than 1,200 band students will perform together inside APSU’s Governors Stadium.

            “This will be a one-shot deal,” Schnettler said. “There will be 21 high school marching bands from middle and west Tennessee here, but we don’t get to rehearse together. Each band will rehearse the music on their own, and then they’ll come together to perform with the APSU Governors’ Own Marching Band.”

            The high school students will be on campus this Saturday to participate in the Mid-South Marching Invitational – an annual high school marching band competition hosted by the APSU Department of Music. Each marching band will perform its halftime show for a panel of judges. Later that night, the top 10 bands will move on to a finals round. The high school students will gain valuable experience from the competition, but they’ll also get an up-close look at the APSU campus.

            “For a lot of students, this is their first visit here,” Schnettler said. “They get to perform in the new stadium, so it makes a great first impression.”

            The “Mass Band” performance will also leave an impression on the students, by allowing them to create a powerful sound with APSU’s marching band. That performance is open to the public. Tickets, which are $10 for the preliminary competition and $10 for the finals that evening, will be available at the gate of Governors Stadium. Children under 12 get in free.

            For more information, contact Schnettler at schnettlerj@apsu.edu.