To kick off the four-day Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium, Music For All is hosting the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament, presented by Yamaha, with support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis. All nine of our high schools, as well as former IPS school Emmerich Manual High School, will be participating in the tournament on Wednesday, November 11; the show begins at 6:45 p.m.


Music For All is an active participant in the local arts of Indianapolis and continuously offers opportunities to the students of the community, and we couldn’t be more excited!


“This event gives our students the opportunity to perform on a world class field at a world class event!” shares Dave Newman, Curriculum and Instruction Certified Coach for IPS.


It takes dedicated hard work and practice to put on a performance of this caliber. Arsenal Tech Band Director, Brandon Anderson says the Tech Titans have put in many hours of practice in preparation for the tournament.


“Every school prepares differently, but the Tech band has been rehearsing since July. We had three weeks of summer practice, one week over fall break and three practices a week during the school year. In addition, we have been to four other competitions, performed at four Tech football games and even played at halftime for Butler and IU games,” says Anderson.


The bands won’t be the only ones putting on a show. The crowd will also be judged on their school spirit. Each school is encouraged to spread the word and invite members of their communities to attend. Judging for the Spirit Award is based on 4 measures: Pride, Sportsmanship, Noise Level and Attendance. The school crowd with the most spirit will win a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship for their school’s music program.


The level of impact that this experience will have on our students is immeasurable.


“Bands of America is an enormous, nationwide competition and we are extremely thankful that they include the Indianapolis public high schools in their events,” says Anderson, “If they did not organize the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament, our students would probably never have the chance to play in a pro stadium or in a national contest.  This evening is a chance for the IPS students to feel like they are stars and they deserve it.” 


“It’s like playing in a championship game!” says Marquez W. Senior Trumpet player at Arsenal Technical High School. 


Yatziry L. Sophomore Clarinet player from Arsenal Tech also shares, “We’re going to show people what we’re made of!”


Be sure to get your free tickets in advance from any of the bands participating in the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. Tickets will be $5.00 at the ticket office the day of the event. We are excited and looking forward to seeing all of our families and friends supporting our students next week!


2014 winners:


•          Indy Marching Band Tournament Class A Champion – Crispus Attucks H.S.

•          Indy Marching Band Tournament Class B Champion – Arsenal Technical H.S.

•          Spirit Award Winners – (Tie) Broad Ripple Magnet H.S. & Crispus Attucks H.S.