Every year, the Charleston band Program hosts a marching contest named in honor of the late Arkansas Governor and US Senator, Dale Bumpers. This year the marching contest will take place on Saturday, October 5th at Tiger Stadium in Charleston, Arkansas.
High School and Junior High Bands from Arkansas and Oklahoma travel to compete in the Charleston marching competition. Bands compete in one junior high and one senior high division for grand champion. Each shows will be score outside judges who will score the band on their Marching, Music, and General Effect.
Each band that attends the competition will also receive a division rating based on their show. 1st and 2nd Division trophies will be award for Color Guard, Percussion, Drum Major, and Solo. High Music Score, High Marching Score, and High Overall Effect Awards will be presented as well.
Many area High School bands will be competing this year. Also two area high school bands will be performing in exhibition, the Charleston High School and the Fort Smith Southside High School Band.