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Welcome

The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, Kearney Band Parents Association, and the Kearney High School Bands welcome you all for this year’s State Marching Festival! The City of Kearney is a great community with plenty of opportunities to help you enjoy your time with us.

Travel Information

Kearney High School is located at 702 W. 11th St., Kearney, NE 68845. When traveling:

From the north or south:

Use 2nd Avenue/Hwy 44/Hwy 10 to 11th Street. Turn west, and travel beyond Kearney Regional Hospital.

From the east or west:
  • On I-80: Take exit 272 on to 2nd Ave/Hwy 44/Hwy 10. Turn north, traveling to 11th Street. Turn west, and travel beyond Kearney Regional Hospital.
  • On Highway 30: Travel to 30th Avenue (west edge of town), and turn south and continue over the bridge.

Spectators

Parking

Spectator parking will be available in the northeast parking lot, with entry off of 27th Avenue. Accessible parking is available in the lot, as well as drop off/pick up zones along Bearcat Boulevard. Please refrain from parking on Bearcat Boulevard or 27th Avenue as most curb locations are marked as no-parking. Overflow parking is available at Central Community College, Brookestone Gardens, and the Buckle Distribution Center.

Additional details can be found on our arrival information sheet.

Stadium

Stadium access will be available beyond the drop off/pick up zone under the big blue K. NSBA event admission prices have been set by the Nebraska State Activities Association:

  • Adults: $10
  • Students: $7

Please note that all transactions at the door must be conducted in cash. An ATM is on site for your convenience, but credit cards will not be accepted for admission or concessions.

The event will be broadcast onto the displays in the common area inside the building.

We ask that if you arrive during a band’s performance that you wait until a band is done performing before finding a seat. This will show respect to the performing band and allow others to fully enjoy the performance.

Concessions

Lollies 25¢
String Cheese 50¢
Popcorn 1.00
GoGurt 1.00
Capri Sun 1.00
Chips 1.00
Hot Hands1.00
Candy 2.00
Coffee2.00
Hot Chocolate 2.00
Domino’s Pizza 2.50
Hot Dog 2.50
Pretzel 2.50
Pretzel w/ Cheese 3.00
Nachos3.00
Bottled Beverages 3.00

Please note that all transactions must be conducted in cash. An ATM is on site for your convenience, but credit cards will not be accepted for admission or concessions.

Pit Crew Olympics

The Kearney NSBA Marching Festival is the only festival in the state that includes an opportunity for the band volunteers to get into the action. At the conclusion of each session (TBD), teams of five will complete in a timed obstacle course designed to showcase the skills developed over the course of this marching season.

Each school may form as many teams as they desire, but team members may not participate on multiple teams. Be prepared to carry, push, setup, stack, and run to match the best time.

Previous Pit Crew Olympics champions

Year1A / 2A3A / 4A / 5A
2023OgallalaColumbus
2022WayneHastings
2021?Kearney Color Guard Dads
2019?Kearney
2018?Hastings

Bands

Bus and equipment trailers

Please enter the bus parking area through the northwest entrance of the west lot, after turning on 30th Avenue. Specific locations and directions will be provided by the transportation staff.

Equipment trailers will be directed to the south parking lot, and will be directed to their unloading zones by transportation staff.

Details outlining specific parking locations and traffic flow before, leading up to, and after your performance can be found in the Directions for Parking and Pit Area PDF.

Performance Schedule

Performance TimeSchool
1:30PM Hastings St. Cecilia
1:45PM Lakeview
2:00PM Hershey
2:15PM Kearney Catholic
2:30PM David City
2:45PM Conestoga
3:00PM BREAK
3:15PM Minden
3:30PM Wayne
3:45PM Ogallala
4:00PM Adams Central
4:15PM Cozad
4:30PM BREAK
4:45PM Aurora
5:00PM McCook
5:15PM York
5:30PM Pierce
5:45PM Holdrege
6:00PM Pit Crew Olympics
6:15PM 1A/ 2A/ 3A Awards
6:30PM DINNER BREAK
7:00PM Grand Island Northwest
7:15PM Lexington
7:30PM Hastings
7:45PM North Platte
8:00PM BREAK
8:15PM Columbus
8:30PM Fremont
8:45PM Grand Island 
9:00PM Kearney
9:15PM Pit Crew Olympics
9:30PM EX – UNK
9:45PM 3A/ 4A/ 5A Awards

We really hope you enjoy your stay!

Kearney High Director of Bands

Nathan LeFeber

Kearney High Band Director

Rick Mitchell

Kearney Marching Band Site Hosts

Shawna Knott & Mikaela Richmond

Shawna Knott & Mikaela Richmond