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, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.