Bands of America is a Program of Music for All

Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

Read ‘The Value of Competition and Audience: You Have An Important Part to Play’

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2019-2020 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

Regional Championships

Bands of America Regional Championships are complete championships and educational events in their own right, not qualifying events for the Grand National Championships. Up to 32 bands perform in preliminary competition with 10 bands advancing to the evening Finals.

Super Regional Championships

Bands of America Super Regionals offer enhanced two-day regional events at world-class venues, second only to the Grand Nationals experience. Due to the successful Super Regional expansion in 2018, we will continue this format that allows a maximum of 84 participating bands utilizing two judging panels for preliminary competition. Prelims will take place over two days, with a maximum of 52 bands on Friday, 32 bands on Saturday, and a 14-band finals competition on Saturday evening. This allows Music for All to meet our obligations to provide access to as many bands as possible each year.

Grand National Championships

Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha is the nation’s most exciting marching band event. First and foremost, Grand Nationals is an educational performance opportunity open to all high school bands, on a first-come, first-served basis. Grand Nationals is also a spectacular music and pageantry event, one that band fans from across the nation and around the world travel to for the exciting and creative performances.

The Grand National Championships is a three-day, Preliminary, Semi-Finals, Finals event, held in Lucas Oil Stadium, one of the world’s premier indoor venues. Bands receive recorded evaluation from panels of leading educators and marching experts, along with written scoresheets. Forty-five bands perform in each of the two separate Prelims contests, balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. Thirty bands then advance to Semi-Finals with a formula that ensures inclusion of representatives of each of the four classes and the top scoring bands from the two separate Prelims contests and the overall event. (See Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics.) The top 12 scoring bands from Semi-Finals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s finals.

The Bands of America Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Bands of America Advisory Committee is to provide input to Music for All leadership on all aspects of BOA’s Fall Championship programs and events. The scope of the committee will focus on the marching band aspects of the organization with commitment to helping provide positively life-changing experiences for all participating bands. The committee is comprised of directors representing from each of the four classes and of diverse geography.

Tim Allshouse
Blue Springs H.S.,MO

Greg Bimm
Marian Catholic H.S., IL

Austin Bralley
Beechwood H.S., KY

Thomas Chiera
Norton H.S., OH

Lafe Cook
Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN

Darrin Davis
Broken Arrow H.S., OK

Tom Dean
Castle H.S., IN

Kevin Ford
Tarpon Springs H.S., FL

Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
O’Fallon Township H.S., IL

Mark Kinzer
Ravenwood H.S., TN

Victoria Meraz
Willard H.S., MO

Andrew Muth
Lewis Cass H.S., IN

Joni Perez
The Woodlands H.S., TX

Michael Pote
Carmel H.S., IN

Andy Sealy
Hebron H.S., TX

Todd Tucker
Archbishop Alter H.S., OH

Jay Webb
Avon H.S., IN

Gary Markham
Retired, GA
Bands of America Chief Judge

Ken Snoeck
Retired, IL
Committee Chairman