The Tumwater Marching Band Festival is an annual competition for marching bands, from around the Pacific Northwest. The competition is held the second Saturday of October, and takes place at Tumwater Stadium (on the grounds of Tumwater High school). This year marks the 15th year our competition.
The Tumwater Marching Band Festival was founded in memory of Frank Minear, a passionate music professional and educator. He holds a special place in our hearts as he influenced many lives here in the Tumwater community. Serving as band director for both Tumwater High School and Black Hills High School, Frank forever touched the lives of countless students. His love and passion for music lives on through the legacies he created and sustained. The Frank Minear Sweepstakes Award was dedicated in his honor and is awarded to the outstanding band at Tumwater Marching Band Festival.
Frank shared his love for music with public school students for 28 years. After graduating from Seattle schools and the University of Washington, Frank began his teaching career at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. He went on to teach at Auburn, Monroe, Federal Way, Grants Pass, Centralia, and in Tumwater at both Black Hills and Tumwater High Schools.