• 4440 Mills Civic Parkway | West Des Moiness, IA 50266
  • Presented By: West Des Moines Valley High School Marchmasters
  • Dates: October 6, 2018
  • Location: Valley Stadium
  • Phone: (515) 633-4269
  • Start/End Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $15 adult, day and evening; $10 adult day or evening only; $5 Students, Seniors $2 discount all tickets
  • Overview

    Thousands of high school musicians will gather at Valley Stadium October 6th to compete in one of the state’s largest and longest-running marching band competitions as the 39th annual ValleyFest begins.
    ValleyFest brings high school musicians from across the Midwest to Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, to compete for awards. “We have bands this year coming from Nebraska, Illinois, and all across Iowa. Their families and fans travel from all over to be here, to support the kids and the many thousands of hours of practice that goes into each proud marching band performance,” says Josh Waymire, Director of Bands for Valley High School. In addition to the high school competitors, the Iowa State University Football Varsity Marching Band will also perform.
    Valley High School’s Marchmasters have received 56 Superior (Division I) consecutive state ratings in state marching competitions, but as host for ValleyFest, they will not compete; instead, they will perform in exhibition. “These young musicians often hold two-a-day practices starting at dawn, in all kinds of weather conditions. They not only have to sound great, they have to look great. The judges see everything and competition each year gets more intense; new music, costumes, challenging choreography; so there’s always a surprise around the corner at ValleyFest,” says Waymire.
    The 39th annual ValleyFest is October 6th, starting at 8:00 am at Valley Stadium, at 4440 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. Gates open at 7:00 am. Merchandise and food concession items will be available for cash or credit card purchase at various locations throughout Valley Stadium.
    Ticket prices are set at three levels; an all-day value pass, which allows the ticket-holder to view all 35 bands during the day performance and evening showdown, for $15. ValleyFest fans who wish to see only the day or only the evening showdown performances, will pay $10. Student passes are $5 and Senior citizens are eligible for a two-dollar discount on all tickets. ValleyFest accepts cash or credit cards and ATMs will be available at the stadium.
    “ValleyFest relies on the time and talents of community residents, parents and area music enthusiasts to run smoothly, so we encourage area residents who want to take in the music at ValleyFest to sign up for volunteer opportunities,” says Waymire. Volunteers can find more information at
    Parking at ValleyFest is free near Valley Stadium at various locations including Valley Church and West Des Moines Christian Church lots, or as directed by ValleyFest parking attendants on the day of the event.
    For additional questions or information about the 39th annual ValleyFest event, go to Or, you can also follow day of event performances and awards on Twitter at @valleybands #valleyfest39 or on Facebook at