It’s more than just music; it’s about character-building, dedication and teamwork. Starting tomorrow, Nov. 11, outstanding high school marching bands from 20 states will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent marching band championships at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Bands of America Grand National Championship.
One band parent says it’s been incredible to watch how being in band has transformed her son, for the better.
I have a freshman in the band this year, a 15-year-old boy, and I can’t believe the change I’ve seen in him… just hard working, wants to do well, he’s focused more on school, which is strange cause band takes up so much time, It’s been probably one of the greatest joys of having a child in band is watching the change in his character.”
This year’s 11 Indiana bands competing for America’s national champion title include: Avon High School, Ben Davis High School, Carmel High School, Center Grove High School, Goshen High School, Homestead High School, Lake Central High School, Lawrence Township High School, Monrovia High School, New Palestine High School and Triton Central High School.
The competition kicks off with the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. Here’s how it works: A panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching arts experts will evaluate each competing band in the tournament Wednesday and the Grand National Championships Thursday through Saturday. Thirty bands from Thursday and Friday’s preliminary competition will advance to Saturday’s Semi-Finals. The top 12 scoring bands on Saturday will move on to the evening Finals competition, where the Grand National Champion will be named. Paige’s Music is the Official Music Store of the event.
For the first time, bands from Hawaii and Alaska (Alaska’s only high school marching band) will perform at this competition. These students and directors will be flying thousands of miles to Indianapolis, many leaving their home state for the first time, to compete and represent their culture to the many spectators in attendance.
Tickets are still available for the Grand National Championships at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone and at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. Tickets for the four days of events range from $5 to $117. See all ticket prices at www.musicforall.org. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, MFA’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. MFA’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. MFA’s programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.