Music in Oil Country fest set for Saturday

Junior Tyler Boucher will perform with the Oil City High School marching band in the Music in Oil Country festival on Saturday. This photo was taken during the Oil City-Franklin football game last week. (By Richard Sayer)

The Oil City High School marching band will host the 2016 Music in Oil Country marching band festival on Saturday.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. at the Oil City High School stadium. Gates and concessions will open at 6:15 p.m.

Music in Oil Country shows off the talents of marching band programs throughout western Pennsylvania.

More than 550 students from Oil City, Franklin, Keystone, Clarion-Limestone, Lakeview, Meadville, Cambridge Springs, Brockway and Penncrest school districts will perform throughout the evening.

Music in Oil Country is a non-adjudicated festival.

The festival has helped raise funds for many projects in recent years, including new rain coats and an equipment trailer. Money raised this year will go toward new band front uniforms.

In addition to the band performances, there will be concessions, a bake sale, basket raffle, and air grams, where patrons can buy an announcement for their favorite “marcher” to be read before their performance.

In the event of inclement weather, the show will be moved to the Oil City High School gymnasium.