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They may all toot their own horns and march to the beat of a different drummer, but members of 12 Utah high school marching bands are hoping to come out ahead in one of the largest band competitions in the state.

Payson High School will host the 17th annual Nebo Tournament of Bands on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Keith Russell, band director for the host school, said spectators will enjoy "entertaining performances from the top high school bands in the state."Competing this year in the class A division - schools with up to 75 members of the band - will be Viewmont, West, Kearns, Spanish Fork, Tooele and Ben Lomond. Class AA competitors - those with 75 to 125 members in the band - are Springville, Roy, Carbon and Payson. Timpview and American Fork will vie for the open competition championship - for schools with more than 125 members in their bands.

"We hope everyone will attend the performance and see the highest quality of bands from throughout Utah; it is great entertainment for the evening," Russell said. "It should prove to be an enjoyable event."

During the tournament, awards will be given for winners in each division for outstanding attached units, outstanding drum major and outstanding music performance, Russell said. A sweepstakes award will be given to the band with the highest total score.

Each band will be judged on musical performance, program effectiveness, and marching and maneuvering. The tall flags, rifles and drill teams will be judged on similar criteria.

In addition to the band performances, there will also be food booths, souvenir booths and other programs.

The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. on the high school football field, 1050 S. Main. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students or senior citizens and $10 for a family ticket.