This year 25 high school marching bands from Utah and Idaho will vie for the traveling Davis Cup trophy as they perform choreographed programs on the stadium field at Davis High.
The bands slated to compete range in size from fewer than 50 to over 200 members. Davis High is one of the biggest bands with 260 members.
The competition will begin with the smaller bands at 3 p.m. The bigger bands will start at about 8 p.m. Performances will run at 15-minute intervals throughout the afternoon and evening until they finish up around 10:30 p.m.
Nine years ago, the Davis Cup competition was held in another venue with different sponsors. It faced cancellation when it became unprofitable for its backers.
At that time, Davis High's band teacher, Steve Hendricks took it over. It was held in other venues but it found a home at Davis High when the new stadium was finished several years ago.
Now the Davis Cup is a part of the marching band tradition at the school. According to Hendricks, another part of the band tradition is parent and family involvement. Kids follow their older brothers and sisters into the band and parents take on responsibilities for the band and its programs.
"There has always been a tradition of excellent bands going back over 40 years," said Hendricks. "We get a lot of support from the community."
He also feels that consistency has helped the school to carry on the tradition. He has taught the marching band for 17 years and the band teachers that feed into Davis High have also been there for years.
The Davis marching band has also become home to 10 kids from other high schools in Davis County that no longer have marching band programs. On practice days, they jump in their cars and drive to Davis High to practice with the band.
After Kylie Holder moved to Utah from California during her sophomore year, she saw the Davis marching band and was mesmerized.
"I saw the band at the high school and I knew I wanted to get involved," said Holder.
She tried out for color guard that year and got in for her junior year and again this year. As a result, Holder practices with 42 other color guard members four days of the week for two-and-a-half or three hours a day.
"We practice flag routines, rifle routines, the saber and dancing along with attitude and presence," she said. "We work really hard and we aim for perfection."
Holder says the 43 girls are like a big family. They are good friends and enjoy each other's company.
The competition is open to the public and tickets are $5 each at the door.