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Lucas Oil Stadium to host marching band event

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Starting today, outstanding high school marching bands from 23 states will compete in the nation’s most prominent marching band championship, Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, at Lucas Oil Stadium Nov. 8-10. Approximately 100,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend over the three-day event. Bands will compete from Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, is America’s national championship for high school marching bands and the culmination of the Bands of America season with 22 events held across America. Grand Nationals is not only an exciting live performance event for spectators, it is an educational experience for the young musicians who participate and their teachers.

The championship event will feature 110 bands in two days of preliminary competition on Friday and Saturday. Thirty bands from preliminary competition will advance to Saturday’s semfinals. The top 12 scoring bands on Saturday will move on to the evening finals competition, where the Grand National Champion will be named. A panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching arts experts will evaluate the Grand National Championship performances.

Six outstanding college marching bands will perform in exhibition throughout the event, from Ball State University, Marian University, Michigan State University, Tennessee State University, University of Toledo and West Chester University. Grand Nationals also includes an Expo with more than 100 booths on the Lucas Oil Stadium concourse and a student leadership workshop.

Grand Nationals has been held in Indianapolis all but two years since 1984, first in the Hoosier Dome-RCA Dome and in Lucas Oil Stadium since it opened. The 2018 Grand National Championships was expanded for 2018, making it the largest Bands of America Grand National Championships in the organization’s 43-year history.