For years, Lake Orion High School Band director Michael Steele has led his band to invitationals and soaked in the atmosphere.
Now, he and his band will get the opportunity for a home game, hosting eight other bands at Dragon Field on Saturday night in the first Dragon Marching Band Invitational.
"We've got a great stadium here, a really great press box angle, which is one of the things marching bands like, the ability to see down," said Steele, in his 18th year at LOHS. "That helps the bands grow throughout the year. So we looked at our facility and thought, why aren't we hosting? So we applied this year and were lucky enough to host a competition."
Clarkston, Ferndale, Grand Blanc, Lakeland, L'Anse Creuse North, Redford Thurston, South Lyon and Stoney Creek all will attend the invitational from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday night, trying to impress the judges.
Eight is a relatively small number but the idea is the event will grow yearly into a destination. Coordinating the first one was a challenge, making sure this would be the only event on the school campus area at that time so there would be enough parking for all the visitors.
The LOHS band will only perform the national anthem and then conclude the show with its competition show, "Eternal Winter" at 9 p.m. in a judged exhibition.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and all seats are general admission. Concessions will also be sold to help offset the costs of hosting.