The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band will perform at the Iowa High School Music Association’s Marching Band Festival Saturday Oct. 12, at 11:25 a.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Stadium.

Admission for this performance is $7 adults, $5 for Senior Citizens (62+), and $3 K-12 students.

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band also invites parents and community members to attend its performance Friday, Oct. 11, at 2:20 p.m., at Viking Stadium. This event will help prepare the band for the following day’s performance at contest.

This year’s marching show is entitled “Living Life” and features music from Fifth Dimension's “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “One Day I’ll Fly Away” from the movie Moulin Rouge, the drumline feature “Raptor” and Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida.”

Music arrangements are by Brad Pearson, Michael Brown, John Hearnes and Tom Wallace; the drill design was created by Ted Reicher; and the Color Guard choreography was designed by Damon Harrington, Maddie Putnam, Katie Bjergum and Ally Bouska. The trumpet soloist this year is Landon Miller on “One Day I’ll Fly Away.”

The Pride of the Vikings marching band is under the direction of Dustin Bliven, Matt Cody,and Emily Hahn. The Drumline is under the direction of Peter Ries, and the Color Guard is under the direction of Laurie Walter. This year’s drum majors are juniors Abby Hanson and Maggie Kane and senior Rex Huinker.

“This year’s marching band has been a blast. These wonderful musicians have worked hard all season and have been ready to perform the entire show for over a week now,” Bliven says. “We have more body visuals than normal this year which really adds to our show. This year we actually have time to clean up our music and drill so we are able to perform at our peak at state. Our senior class and section leaders this year have been outstanding with helping to perfect this show. We are looking forward to performing our best for our season’s last performance in Waterloo.”