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63 marching bands to compete in 2021 Bands of America

Young musicians will bring live music to Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, as 63 high school marching bands from throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee will compete in the 2021 Bands of America (BOA) Indianapolis Super Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha.

Jeremy L. Earnhart, President & CEO of Music for All joined us today with all of the details. Here’s more from him:

Friday’s Preliminary competition begins at 10:15 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday’s Preliminary competition begins at 7:15 a.m. and concludes at 3:45 p.m. Gates will re-open for finals Saturday evening. 

Individual tickets for Prelims are $25 for each day, Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Finals $30 for general admission and $40 for reserved seats. Children 10 years old or younger are admitted free for general admission seating. All tickets are digital this year, available through 

Evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts, the top 14 scoring bands will advance to Saturday evening’s finals competition.

The Indianapolis Super Regional is one of 22 Bands of America marching band championships across the country this fall that provide positively life-changing experiences for students, teachers, and fans.

In addition to this event, two other Bands of America Super Regional Championships will take place this fall – the St. Louis Super Regional at the Dome at America’s Center and the San Antonio Super Regional at the Alamodome. The BOA season concludes with the Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha and the U.S. Marines, also held in Lucas Oil Stadium, November 11-13.

Music for All, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization, has been creating, providing, and expanding positively life-changing experiences through music for all for school music ensembles, students, and teachers since 1975.

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, personal responsibility, teamwork, and more. Research shows attendance and graduation rates are 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, on average, 107 points higher on the SATs than students with no participation.