Contest: Share Your Love of Local Art, Win Tickets to the Festival of Bands

Tell us about the best arts organizations, galleries, exhibits and performances in your community and you could win tickets to the March 10 concert.

The Motor City Brass Band's Festival of Bands is about bringing together musicians from all over Michigan. In celebration of this harmonious event, Patch readers can win tickets to the March 10 show by sharing their love of local arts.

Whether it's your city's high school theater program, an eclectic downtown gallery, or the guy who plays guitar at your farmers market—we want to hear about the local performers, arts organizations and galleries in your community.

The Festival of Bands will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the Michael Guido Theater in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. The concert will include performances by MCBB, as well as the Birmingham Concert Band, Farmington Community Band, Oakland University Brass Band, and West Michigan Concert Winds. All bands will join together for a finale performance with more than 200 musicians.

Patch has partnered with the Motor City Brass Band to give away 15 pairs of tickets to the show. All you have to do is tell us what you love most about the arts in your community.

Here's how to enter to win:

  • Post a comment on this article telling us what you love most about the arts in your community.
  • Once the contest closes, we'll choose 15 winners at random who will each recieve a pair of tickets to the Festival of Bands on Sunday, March 10, in Dearborn.

OK, now for the rules:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this article with what you love about the arts in your community.
  • All entries must be received by 12 p.m. March 6, Eastern Time.
  • You may enter once.
  • The 15 winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  • After the contest closes, winning entrants will be contacted via the email address they used to sign up on Patch. Contestants MUST RESPOND to the email with with their full name by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in order to win. If a winner does not respond in time, their tickets may be given to another entrant.
  • Tickets for winners can only be picked up in the lobby of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center just before the show on March 10. Tickets will be held under the full name provided to Patch. Transportation to/from concert is NOT included in the prize and will be the responsibility of the winner.
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.
Darlene Antonich March 01, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I love the arts in the Metro Detroit area because there is such a wide variety from which to choose.
Cheryl Junker March 04, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Our family was overwhelmed by the talented students of Utica Stevenson High School. Their performance of Les Miserables this past weekend was superb. Autographs were in order as these students undoubtedly have extroardinary voices!
Patti Mack March 04, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I love the Arts in the City of Dearborn for many, many reasons. First and foremost they are some of the best around ... very professional and excellent ... and secondly, because of the wonderful "small town feel" that Dearborn has, not only does one get to enjoy the arts, but also the commaraderie of all the friends and acquaintances one sees at the events.
Kelli Carpenter-Crawford March 04, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Love the instrumental music program of Farmington Public Schools. My 6th grader is receiving excellent strings instruction and performance opportunities...especially the annual Day for Strings.
Fay Saad March 05, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for the first time ever last week, and I'm still in complete awe of the Museum. The docent guiding the tour was amazing, I was truly overcome by emotion.
grapenut March 05, 2013 at 03:24 AM
I love that dearborn has the Performing Arts Theater and that there is always something artsy happening there at any given moment
Mary Dziadziak March 05, 2013 at 03:18 PM
The Performing Arts Center provides a wide variety of arts/entertainment some of which is even free.
Penny Luebs March 05, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Clawson High School will host a band festival this Saturday, 3/9/13. Stop by and hear bands from our local area. We have a new committee in Clawson - Clawson Cultural Foundation - that is sparking enthusiasm regarding the arts. Upcoming - a Dinner Theater Mystery on 4/20/13; Melodies Clash (battle of the bands) in Clawson Park on 5/19/13; Clawson Art in the Park 9/8/13 and more! Come and experience Clawson art.
City of Dearborn (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Like the Monte Nagler exhibition! Definitely worth seeing.
CJ Lucas March 06, 2013 at 07:21 AM
I love that much of the art, music, and theater in Dearborn is local. Coming from a big city, many artists had backgrounds that included various states and countries. That was interesting, but it also meant they had little connection with our community. I enjoy that Dearborn has local artists and musicians that they are very invested in the city and its people! It makes my connection to their art much more personal!
James March 06, 2013 at 02:52 PM
The great thing about Dearborn in particular is that what all of the different cultures bring the community as a whole. Here in Dearborn we are exposed to all different types of art be it historical, creative or musical. I'm happy to see the love affair with Art explode more into the public eye here in Dearborn. As Jessica says above, check out the Nagler exhibit. I took some classes from him in the past and the man is a cultural icon for Michigan, he studied with Ansel Adams the pioneer of American landscape photography. If you get to be there when he is around, stop and talk to him, he's got some great stories.
J March 06, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Dearborn is a great place for artists and art enthusiasts for many reasons. Art around the town...have you noticed the incredible sculptures throughout downtown? Wonderful! Music everywhere...from summer concerts in the parks to the performing arts center, there is something for everyone! Young musicians, old musicians and everyone in between! Theater productions galore!...the players' guild, the DHS Thespians (I am soooo excited to see Beauty and the Beast in a few weeks!) Dearborn is a great place to be an artist and to partake!
City of Dearborn (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Thanks, everyone, for entering! We'll notify the winners via email this evening.


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