Nine area high schools competed in Saturday’s Winds of Autumn marching band competition at Howard J. Sheen Field.

The 22nd annual event, which is part of the Lakeshore Marching Band Association, was the first to take place on the district’s new artificial turf.

“Everything went really well overall,” said Brian Gresh, director of Corry’s marching band. “A lot of people were really impressed with the field. They were saying things like ‘Wow, your field looks awesome.’”

Although there were periods of rain throughout the morning and afternoon, the weather did manage to clear up in time for the start of the evening competition.

“The weather cooperated and it wasn’t raining during the performances,” Gresh said.

At the end of the competition schedule — which included an exhibition performance by members of the Slippery Rock University marching band — trophies were awarded.

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