VAN WERT — On March 9 and 10, the Van Wert High Music Department will host the OMEA District Band and Choir Contest. Bands and choirs will come from across the region to perform for judges and receive ratings.

Overall 19 bands and 15 choirs comprised of over 1,600 students will perform. The contest will be held at Van Wert High School and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Bands will perform in the NPAC Saltzgaber Auditorium while choirs perform in the First Federal Lecture Hall. All performances are free. Concessions will be available in the VWHS Commons to benefit the Van Wert Band Parents Association.

Students from the VWHS Concert Choir, Sophomore Women’s Choir, Freshmen Choir, and Symphonic Band have been working very hard throughout the third nine weeks for this performance. Their time has been spent preparing their three prepared pieces. One of these three pieces is selected from a required list that determines the class, while the other two are selected at-large.

Local competing band on Friday night is the Wayne Trace Band at 8 p.m.

Local competing bands on Saturday include: the Parkway Concert Band at 9 a.m., Spencerville Concert Band at 9:30 a.m., Parkway Symphonic Band at 11 a.m., Spencerville Symphonic Band at 11:30 a.m., Crestview Band at 1 p.m., Lincolnview Band at 1:30 p.m., Paulding Band at 2 p.m., and the Van Wert Symphonic Band at 2:30 p.m.

Local competing choirs on Friday night include the Van Wert Freshman Choir at 5 p.m., Delphos Jefferson Choir at 5:20 p.m., Spencerville Concert Choir at 5:40 p.m., Van Wert Women’s Chorus at 7:20 p.m., Spencerville Women’s Chorus at 8 p.m., Parkway Choir at 8:20 p.m., and Van Wert Concert Choir at 9 p.m.

Local competing choirs on Saturday include the Lincolnview Choir at 8:40 a.m., Paulding Choir at 9 a.m., and Wayne Trace Choir at 9:20 a.m.

Groups receiving a Superior rating will qualify for state contest. While this is a competition, bands and choirs do not compete against each other, but against a “Standard of Excellence.” There is no winner or loser.

It should be noted that the public is welcome to attend. However, please be aware that OMEA regulations prohibit the use of any audio or video recording devices including (but not limited to) cell phones, cameras (still or motion), tape recorders, or any other recording device. Failure to comply may result in disqualification of the school.

For more information on this or any event please visit the VW Band website at, “like” them on Facebook at Van Wert Bands Information, follow them on Twitter and Instagram @vwbands, or call the Music Department at 419-238-3722.