Talented and dedicated high school marching bands from Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, and Indiana will gather in Indianapolis to compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha.
The Bands of America Championship will feature 86 high school marching bands in the preliminary competition, evaluated by a panel of nationally-recognized music educators and marching band experts. The top 10 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, which will ultimately name the regional champion.
The Indianapolis Super Regional is one of three Bands of America super regional marching band championships across the country that offer positively life-changing experiences for students, teachers, and fans and spectators. Additionally, there are 20 regional championships. The season ends with the Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha in November. A non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization, Music for All has been creating, providing, and expanding positively life-changing experiences through music for all with more than 30 annual events for scholastic bands, orchestras, and choirs, nationwide.
The Championship in Indianapolis is hosted by Greenfield Central High School and Plainfield High School. Music for All is about building leaders and celebrating teachers. The Bands of America Championship in Indianapolis is a celebration of music education at its finest, showcasing the excellence, teamwork, and student leadership of the region’s outstanding marching bands. These young performers and their achievements advocate for the importance of music education in schools locally and nationwide. Research has shown attendance and graduation rates to be higher for students who participate in their school music programs. The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation. Music and arts involvement teaches youth many skills necessary to succeed in life, including problem solving and decision making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, the ability to imagine what might be and to accept responsibility for it, teamwork, the development of informed perception, and articulating a vision.
Bands of America Championships are entertaining, family-friendly events featuring live music, choreography, and competition. Students, parents, teachers, and everyone who loves live music and the marching arts is welcome.
The preliminary competition begins at 8 am on October 25 and will conclude at approximately 3:30 pm on October 26. Gates will open for the finals at 6:30 pm with performances beginning at 7:30 pm and concluding at 11 pm. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands.
Since 1975, Music for All 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, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All’s advocacy efforts inspire and develop models and strategies for successful music programs, through programs like its Advocacy in Action Awards, the I-65 Corridor Project, and support of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Central Indiana Track Show Association, and Indiana State Fair Band Day, and programs like United Sound and Be Part of the Music. Music for All’s programs include more than 45 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles; Affiliate Regional Music Festivals held across America; and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.
Tickets: $19 and up. Children 10 years old or younger are admitted free for general admission seating.