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Marching band season has new classification structure

Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana State School Music Association:

The 41st annual ISSMA Marching Band season steps off on October 5th with a new classification structure. 176 Indiana High School Marching Bands will be participating in the Festival, Scholastic, or Open Class. The Festival Class is a non-competitive classification which places a greater emphasis on the musical aspects of the performance. The Scholastic Class has been created to take into consideration band size as well as school enrollment. The Open Class is for those bands desiring to perform at the State Finals held at Lucas Oil Stadium through qualification through a Regional and Semi-state event. Scholastic Class and Open Class Bands receive an educational assessment in the performance and effectiveness of the music and visual aspects of their performance. All bands, regardless of classification, receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation rating based upon their level of achievement.

Festival class events will be held at Columbus East High School and Jackson Field in South Bend on October 5th. The Scholastic Class Prelims followed by the Open Class Invitational will be held on October 12th at Homestead H.S. in Ft. Wayne, Plainfield H.S., and Jasper H.S. Open Class Regionals will be held on October 19th at Chesterton H.S., Lafayette Jefferson H.S., Center Grove H.S. in Greenwood, and Evansville Central H.S.

Scholastic Class Bands receiving a Gold Rating at the Scholastic Prelims will perform at the Scholastic Finals on October 26th at Lawrence Central H.S. in Indianapolis. The top 10 Open Class bands at each Regional site will participate in the Open Class Semi-state to be held on October 26th at Franklin Community H.S. (Open D), Decatur Central/Indianapolis (Open C), Pike/Indianapolis (Open B), and Ben Davis/Indianapolis (Open A). Admission at each event is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and preschoolers.

This 40th Anniversary of State Marching Band Finals will be held on November 2nd at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the four State Champion bands will be crowned. Admission for the State Finals is $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and preschoolers.

The Indiana Dairy Farmers, corporate sponsors of Indiana State School Music Association, Inc. events, will present a $1,000 scholarship to a student from each of the four State Champion Bands.

Composite schedules for each Festival, Scholastic Prelims, Open Invitational and Open Regional site are now available on our website at:

Please check this website for updated schedules and results throughout the marching season.

Please feel free to contact our office for any further information or clarification.

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