This year, the band is replacing their annual band benefit dinner with a Fall Extravaganza, a tailgate dinner and performance showcasing the contest show and Halloween spirit of the high school band.
The event will begin at 4:45 p.m at Dale Norton Field with a tailgate, where hot dogs, chips and pop will be served. The band will perform their Division I-earning march contest show at 6 p.m. After a dessert intermission, the students will return to the field in full Halloween dress to put on the rest of the show.
In past years, the band has performed at both a benefit dinner and a Halloween show. Over time, however, the benefit dinner became too labor-intensive for the resulting numbers. In addition, the last show of the season was the state contest on Oct. 6.
The Fall Extravaganza will include a freewill donation. All proceeds will go to the Spencer band boosters.
"There are people who wouldn't normally see the band, but who would probably come to this," Schwarck said. "It's just a way to showcase the kids one more time."
Because this is the first year for the event, Schwarck is viewing it as an "experiment."
"We don't know what to expect," he said. "We hope it grows into something big."
Schwarck will also recognize the students who earned the Tiger Marching Band Rank of Honor award this year. The award, started by Schwarck three years ago, is voted by the students.
"No one really knows it exists except the band," he said.
One of the highlights of the band season is the Halloween show, which will be included this year in the Fall Extravaganza instead of performed as its own event.
"If we didn't do it this way, the seniors wouldn't get to do their last Halloween show," Schwarck said. "Any time they can put on a costume and run around like nut-jobs, they're good with that."
He continued, "There's no theme. They can be whatever they want to be. Some kids start planning their costumes in August."
Schwarck noted, for the Halloween portion of the event, he will be dressed as "a band director."