This Saturday marks the beginning of the competition season for three area marching bands.

The Jasper, Forest Park, and Southridge marching bands open the 2013 season at the Evansville Central High School Invitational on Saturday. The gates open at 3 pm CDT for that show and will feature 23 participating bands classified based on school enrollment.

Southridge is set to perform at 5:43 pm central time in Class C, Forest Park is set to perform in Class D at 8:56 pm central time and Jasper will perform at 9:09 pm central time as part of Class B.

The Heritage Hills and Northeast Dubois marching bands start their competition seasons on September 28th. Both schools participated in a noncompetitive showcase last weekend at Crawford County High School over in Marengo.