The marching band season started back in July when students attended sweltering hot week-long camps where they started the process of learning their 2023 programs. The season has already come to an end for many bands in Southwestern Indiana, but for a select few, the goal of winning a state championship is still within reach.

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Following the recent semi-state competitions, we now know that seven area bands have earned the right to compete for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) state championship. These talented students will take the field and toot their horns one final, hoping to beat out bands from all over the Hoosier state. There is a total of 40 bands competing at state, and seven of them are from Southwestern Indiana. That is a pretty great representation.

Photo by Sarah Medina on Unsplash
Photo by Sarah Medina on Unsplash

Take a look at the performance times below. The entire competition will take place inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Class B Competition Schedule

  • Jasper performs at 10:15 am
  • North (Evansville) performs at 11 am
  • F.J. Reitz (Evansville) performs at 12:15 pm

Class D Competition Schedule

  • Mater Dei (Evansville) performs at 4:40 pm
  • Tell City performs at 5:55 pm
  • Forest Park performs at 6:40 pm
  • South Spencer (Rockport) performs at 6:55

If you've never been to a marching band competition, I can't recommend strongly enough that you go to this one. It's indoors, so you don't have to worry about inclement weather. It's Lucas Oil Stadium, which is just a cool place to see in person. And, you're seeing the best high school marching bands in Indiana.

You can see the rest of the state performance schedules HERE.

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