BARSTOW Langworthy field will be full of high school youth strutting their marching band skills as Barstow High School plays host to the 26th annual High Desert Field Show Tournament on Saturday.

Bands from 12 schools from the High Desert and Inland Empire will compete in the tournament, which was in jeopardy briefly as area school districts dealt with cuts to their transportation budgets.

"Last year we thought we might not have a competition this year because cutbacks might take away some of the participants," said Barstow High band director Tim Garvin.

Garvin said that two schools pulled through and spent their transportation budgets on attending the Barstow tournament alone, leaving any other tournaments they attend to be funded by band boosters.

"It's flattering that they exhausted their entire transportation budget on us," said Garvin.

As Barstow High is playing host, their marching band will not compete in the tournament. However, they will put on a performance and be scored by judges. Bands in three different size classes will be judged on their music, marching ability, and the general effect of their show.

This year the band is presenting music from the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys", which told the story of the Four Seasons pop group. The Four Seasons had a string of hits in the 1960s, including "Let's Hang On" and "Walk Like a Man".

The Barstow Junior High Band and the Marine Corps Color Guard will open the tournament, set to kick off at noon.

Garvin said that he is confident of the band's performance.

"The band had their last rehearsal (Friday) morning and they really came together," said Garvin. "We want to be as clean as we can and set a high benchmark for the tournament."

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