Sunset Classic Band Competition

October 16, 2021 all-day
Sunset High School
13840 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229

Opening Ceremonies for Prelims at 12:45pm; SAMBA Performance at 3:07pm; Preliminary Awards 3:32pm; Opening Ceremonies for Finals at 5:30pm; SAMBA Performance at 7:52pm; Final Awards at 8:27pm. Adults $15, Students and Seniors $10, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 free. Pay at the gate with cash or a credit card.

Sunset High School will again be filled with the sound and spectacle of marching bands from around the Pacific Northwest during the 32nd annual Sunset Classic, hosted by SHS’s competitive marching band, Sunset Apollo Marching Band and Auxiliary (SAMBA), along with the SAMBA volunteers and the Northwest Association for Performing Arts (NWAPA). Ten bands from Oregon and Washington, including SAMBA, will perform and compete for trophies in categories such as music, visual, and general effect.

The Sunset Classic is the primary event to raise money supporting all band programs at SHS throughout the year. Under the direction of Greg Hall, Director of Bands, Sunset enjoys one of the premier band programs in the Pacific Northwest. Students are offered a wide variety of musical alternatives including marching band and color guard, jazz band, funk band, and symphonic band.

SAMBA strives to keep the programs accessible to all interested students, regardless of their ability to pay. It takes over $100,000 a year to support the Sunset High School band and color guard programs. The school district cannot fund these activities. Without community support these opportunities for participation and leadership would disappear.

SAMBA could not exist without community support, volunteers, and brilliant students. The band and color guard thanks all the volunteers, guests, and bands that will be going to the Sunset Classic. SAMBA also thanks those who donate their cans and bottles, the poster sponsors, and all other supporters of the band and color guard. If you can’t attend but want to donate, visit the donation page on the SAMBA website. For questions, email

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