Dean Corey Marching Extravaganza is Sept. 26

Posted in , , on September 16, 2022

40th Annual Marching Extravaganza

Join Arlington ISD on Monday, Sept. 26, for the 40th annual Dean Corey Marching Extravaganza. 

All six of Arlington ISD’s phenomenal high school marching bands (Arlington, Bowie, Lamar, Martin, Sam Houston and Seguin) will take the field and perform from 7-8:30 p.m. at Cravens Field. 

Each band will perform the shows they will take to the UIL Region Marching Contest that takes place Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. Bands that receive a first division rating advance to the area competition, and the top bands from the area move on to the state marching competition in the first full week in November. 

Dean Corey Marching ExtravaganzaThe extravaganza is a unique opportunity to witness the prestige of each of Arlington ISD’s spectacular bands. Arlington ISD Director of Fine Arts Christopher Anderson is thrilled about this year’s event. 

“Although our bands see each other every week at football games, there are just not opportunities to come together to support each other that are quite like this one,” he said. “Each band can perform their show the way it was intended to be performed without the constraints that come with halftime schedules at football games. They can get comments to help improve their performances for UIL as well as a chance to get an early run-through of the show logistics that will mimic the contest. This is a community event as well as an educational event, and when those two things can come together, that is a win for everyone.”

The extravaganza honors the legacy of Dean P. Corey, an Arlington High School band director from 1949-1972, who later served as coordinator of music activities for the district from 1972-1980. Corey is also the namesake of Arlington ISD’s elementary school, Corey Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language. 

The University of Texas at Arlington’s marching band will also perform at the extravaganza, giving district students the opportunity to see a university marching band up close and personal. 

Tickets are $5 per person at the gate (cash only), and proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the Arlington Music Enrichment Program. The mission of the Arlington Music Enrichment Program is to improve the musical education experience for all Arlington ISD students in band, choir and orchestra programs by providing financial assistance to students for music lessons. 

Concessions will be open. Please do not bring outside food or drinks into the event. 

Be sure to follow the district’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages for posts from the event on Sept. 26. 

For any questions about this event, email the event coordinator, Raeanne Byington, at rbyingto@aisd.net