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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.