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Breaking weather could affect H.S. band competitions

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Updated: 10/12/2012 9:17 pm Published: 10/12/2012 8:40 pm

This weekend, 21 bands from five states are expected to perform their hearts out at Union High School’s Tuttle Stadium, but if bad weather rolls in and lightening is spotted the Renegade Review competition could be put on hold.

Dan Tucker brought 90 kids from the St. Louis suburbs to Tulsa this weekend to compete in the 30th annual Renegade Review.

“We've got some pretty high intensity music we're using Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring,’” Tucker said.

Organizers of the marching band competition know the music might not be the only thing that's high intensity. 

“The weather looks a little ominous, but you know it's Oklahoma, so we'll just wait a few minutes and hopefully things will change,” Renegade Review organizer Matt McCready told FOX23.

If Saturday’s forecast doesn’t change and the clouds burst and lightening cracks, Tucker says, “You're going around with a lot of metal if there's lightening, you've got to get inside right away.”

The kids in Tucker's band are crossing their fingers that the show will go on.

“That’d be a bummer if it was cancelled or anything because we had to drive all the way out here from St. Louis to have it cancelled.” Zachary Olivas said Friday.

If Renegade Review is cancelled, it won't be rescheduled. Organizers say it's tomorrow or nothing.

“The kids are aware of the weather, the parents are aware of the weather, and we've been keeping a sharp eye on it,” Tucker said.

All the young players want to play, because these Missouri musicians have been working on their program since July.

“It's a big competition for us, and we hope to do the best that we can,” Olivas said.

McCready says if it's just a little rain, the competition will go,  but if things get worse they have an evacuation plan to keep everyone safe.

“Marching band we take very seriously, but it's not more important than anyone's life.”

Renegade Review is not the only band competition in Tulsa this weekend. Sand Springs and Jenks will hold state finals for the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association tomorrow. That showcase is worried about the weather affecting attendance.

“I think it will hurt our crowd just because the weather is bad,” OBA Contest Director Dale Barnett said.

If the weather keeps people away from both sites, he says the organization could be hit a sour note.

The contest organizers are hoping folks check out the competitions early, long before the breaking weather hits. All three competitions kick off around 9:00 in the morning.

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