The Southeastern Washington cavalcade of bands was begun in 1981, jointly by the band directors of Pasco and Kennewick High Schools, Randy Hubbs and John Owen.
They desired to have a marching band field competition show where band students from high schools across the Pacific Northwest could showcase their talents and compete amongst each other. The two band and instrumental music boosters from both high schools formulated from their memberships the first cavalcade executive board. That board consisted of: Max Andrus, Larry Gerhardstein, Beverly Coffland, Marlene Gerhardstein, Nancy Vannice, and Jackie Larsen.
In the fall of 1982, the first competition was held in Edgar Brown stadium in Pasco, Washington. There were 12 bands that competed. They were: Wenatchee, Shadle Park, Hermiston, Payette, Hanford, Ferris, Clarkston, Richland, Rogers, Central Valley, University, and Mead. Pasco and Kennewick performed for judges comments only. The Cavalcade of Bands continues today under the direction of Kennewick High School band director Jon Miller.
In October, 1997, the Cavalcade was held in the Neil F. Lampson stadium in Kennewick, while Edgar Brown went through major renovations. From that time until the present the Cavalcade has been held on alternate fields in Kennewick and Pasco.
One important person in Cavalcade history has been Bill Dickey. He started with Cavalcade back in 1982 (at the beginning) when his daughter was a junior at Pasco High School. He believed in Cavalcade’s mission of music education so much that he stayed with Cavalcade even after his daughter graduated Bill served as the Corresponding Secretary and was the ‘voice of Cavalcade’ with his announcer duties. We are sad to say that Bill passed away in January 2006, he will be truly missed.
In March of 2020 the world experienced a total shut down as COVID-19 took over. The closures meant that for the first time, the 39th Cavalcade of Bands had to be cancelled as there were no public events held that year. One year later and the world recovered slowly which gave hope and optimism that large music events could take place again.
We are happy to attempt another shot at hosting the 39th Annual Cavalcade of Bands which directly benefits the students of Kennewick High School. The event will be hosted at the brand new Kennewick High School (opening in 2021) and Lampson Stadium.