SoCal marching bands to parade through south Riverside

More than two dozen marching bands and J-ROTC color guard units will parade through south Riverside Saturday during the annual Riverside King Band Review, hosted by MLK High School.

The competition is slated to begin about 9 a.m. at Cole and Krameria avenues and continue until noon.

Bands will perform rally songs and strut their brass in front of a panel of judges, traveling several blocks to a staging area.

This year’s competitors hail from all over Southern California. The lineup includes Anaheim’s Loara High School, Beaumont’s San Gorgonio High School, Corona’s Santiago High School, El Monte’s Arroyo High School, Fontana’s Kaiser High School, Ontario’s Oak Middle School, Palm Desert Charter Middle School, Santa Ana’s Sergerstrom High School and the host — King High.

Given that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, the bands are expected to play at least a few rousing tributes to the U.S. Armed Services.

An awards ceremony will be held on the field of King High at 1:15 p.m. The Kingsmen Band & Color Guard has received recognition and played a variety of venues over the last 15 years, appearing in place of the USC Trojan Marching Band at college basketball and volleyball games. The Kingsmen have also appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Under the direction of leader Charles Gray, the band has received repeat invitations to play at Disneyland and has racked up multiple sweepstakes awards, according to the Kingsmen website.

The band is scheduled to compete in the Fiesta Bowl National Band Competition in December.

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