Every year on the 3rd Saturday of October, the Hoover High School Band hosts the Hoover Invitational Marching Band Festival. I have been to many of these festivals in the past and the atmosphere is warm and inviting as the spectators cheer on the various students. I am really looking forward to some great entertainment.
The first Hoover Invitational Marching Band Festival was held in 1978 at Berry High School and was called The Over the Mountain Invitational Marching Band Festival. There has been only one year since 1978 that there has not been a Festival. In 1994, with the opening of Hoover High School, The Festival was moved to The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium and renamed to The Hoover Invitational Marching Band Festival. The Hoover Invitational Marching Band Festival is held at Region's Park Stadium. Region's Park (formerly called the Hoover Met) is the home of the Birmingham Barons Baseball team. This facility is converted to a football stadium during football season and the Hoover High Bucs play there as soon as the baseball season is over (they played their first game at the High School field this year because the Barons were in the playoffs).
The stadium comfortably seats over 12,000 people for football season so there is plenty of room for spectators at the band festival. Many of the lower chairs have backs with bleachers seats in the remainder of the stadium. It has plenty of parking, large restrooms, numerous concession stands (I hear the chicken finger basket is one of the best in town), and is easily accessible from major interstates - just one mile off of I-459 at HWY 150.
The Hoover Invitational has become one of the premier marching band festivals in the southeastern United States. They will have over 25 bands participating in the event. Once all the competing bands have played, the Hoover High Band will take the field in exhibition. After that, the University of North Alabama "Pride of Dixie" Marching Band will entertain the crowd.
The first band (Locust Fork High School) will take the field at 11:30 and the Awards should be presented at 8:00. Weather this year should be sunny and in the high 60's. Hope to see you at this wonder fall event in Hoover Alabama!
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