The 33rd annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta is on Saturday, Oct. 30, at University Stadium. Sponsored by the University of New Mexico Bands, the event features 3,000 high school students in 32 high school marching bands from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado competing for trophies and other honors.

The preliminary competition begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends with a performance by the UNM Spirit Marching Band at 5 p.m. A judging panel of marching band and pageantry experts from across the United States awards trophies and selects the top 10 bands, who advance to the final round of competition beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the finals competition, the 2010 Zia Grand Champion will be crowned.

Tickets are available only at the gate and cost $4-7 for students and $8-14 for adults. For more information, call (505) 277-8998.