FAIRLAND - Members of the Fairland High School marching band will compete in two contests this month.

On Wednesday, the band will travel to Cushing to compete in an annual marching festival there.

“Our show is titled ‘The Best of Years,'” said Fairland band director Sean Newman. “The musical selections are “Lady Marmalade,” “The Best Year of Our Lives,” “Love Shack” and “Louie, Louie.”

Last year, Newman and his musical entourage traveled to Arlington, Texas, where the band and choir competed in the 2008 Music in the Parks performing arts competition.

It was the first overnight trip for Fairland students in several years.

“I am looking forward to the contests, we have been working hard,” said Ty Stovall, a snare drummer

This year's event is historic for Fairland students as well. In September of 2007, Newman put the school's band back on their feet.

“We've had a band, but it had been several years since they've been a marching band,” said Mark Malcom school principal.

This is the first time Fairland students have competed in a marching contest in more than 20 years, according to Newman.

“We are the only 2A school that will compete at this contest,” Newman said.

Three students will perform solos at the competition. Matt Williams on trumpet, Matt Jones on Tuba and James Harris on Mellophone.

“I want to see where our band ranks against others from across the State,” said Trevor Berger Senior Drum Major

On Oct. 15, the marching band will travel to Skiatook High School for the OSSAA Regional Marching Contest.

“Our performance is at 8:30 a.m.,” said Newman. “We are the first band at the contest.”

About 45 students make up the marching band.

“I think it is a great opportunity for the students at Fairland to be able to experience these contests and for them to see just exactly where they fall in the competition,” said Newman.