The 22nd annual Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic will kick off the Geneseo Harvest Time Music Festival on Sept. 29 at the high school’s Bob Reade football stadium. The two-day festival, sponsored by the Geneseo Performing Arts Council, also will include festivities in Geneseo City Park. Bands from area high schools will compete for top honors at the Maple Leaf Classic Marching Band Competition from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, including bands from Rockridge, Davenport North, Galesburg, Cambridge, Galva, Kewanee, Wethersfield, Oregon, ROWVA, Rochelle, Dunlap, LaSalle-Peru, Streator, Metamora, East Peoria, Pekin, McHenry, Oak Park/River Forest and IVC. The Geneseo Middle School band will perform prior to the competition, and the Geneseo High School marching band will perform at its conclusion. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students. Sept. 30’s festivities include a pork-chop dinner and concessions from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with karaoke and music from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Geneseo City Park, or at the high school if it rains. The seventh- and eighth-grade choirs will perform at 1 p.m., followed by the high school vocalists at 2. Choirs from grades 4-12 will present the grand finale at 4:45, with songs related to this year’s theme, “The Beatles Tribute.” The event also will include a live auction, raffle drawings, a talent show and more. Big-ticket raffle items include a year’s worth of groceries from Fareway valued at $5,200, a laptop, XBOX and a Kindle Fire. Raffle tickets ($10 each, or three for $20) are available at the festival or from band and choir members. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Geneseo band, choir and drama students.
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.