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Grand National Championships 2023

November 9, 2023 - November 11, 2023

About the show

Bands of America returns to Indianapolis with the Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha! Over 90 bands in three days of performances, plus special exhibition performances, an Expo, and the Grand National Leadership Blast on Friday night.

Finals Results + Semifinalists

Finals Results

97.475 – Avon H.S., IN
97.275 – Carmel H.S., IN
95.700 – Hebron H.S., TX
95.075 – Blue Springs H.S., MO
95.025 – The Woodlands H.S., TX
94.350 – William Mason H.S., OH
91.800 – Pearland H.S., TX
90.625 – Round Rock H.S., TX
90.450 – Bentonville H.S., AR
90.200 – Keller H.S., TX
89.350 – Brownsburg H.S., IN
88.900 – Fishers H.S., IN

Outstanding Music Performance – Hebron H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance – Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect – Avon H.S., IN


Arlington H.S., TN
Avon H.S., IN
Bartlett H.S., TN
Beechwood H.S., KY
Bentonville H.S., AR
Blue Springs H.S., MO
Bourbon County H.S., KY
Brownsburg H.S., IN
Carmel H.S., IN
Carroll H.S., IN
Centerville H.S., OH
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Dartmouth H.S., MA
Dripping Springs H.S., TX
Estill County H.S., KY
Fishers H.S., IN
Hebron H.S., TX
Homestead H.S., IN
James Bowie H.S., TX
Keller H.S., TX
Kiski Area H.S., PA
Lake Hamilton H.S., AR
Lawrence Township, IN
Marian Catholic H.S., IL
Miamisburg H.S., OH
Morton H.S., IL
Nation Ford H.S., SC
Pearland H.S., TX
Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, MI
Round Rock H.S., TX
The Woodlands H.S., TX
Walled Lake H.S., MI
William Mason H.S., OH

Prelims Schedule

Schedule and times are subject to change.

Prelims – Thursday, November 9, 2023

7:15 a.m. – Ticket Office Opens
7:45 a.m. – Stadium Gates Open

8:45 a.m. – Batesville H.S., IN
9:00 a.m. – Fairfield Jr./Sr. H.S., IN
9:15 a.m. – West Carrollton H.S., OH
9:30 a.m. – Christian County H.S., KY
9:45 a.m. – Carlisle H.S., OH
10:00 a.m. – Cabell Midland H.S., WV
10:15 a.m. – Lebanon H.S., OH
10:30 a.m. – Finneytown H.S., OH
10:45 a.m. – Walled Lake H.S., MI
11:00 a.m. – Tippecanoe H.S., OH
11:15 a.m. – Indianapolis Public School Music Showcase
11:30 a.m. – Taylor H.S., OH
11:45 a.m. – Beechwood H.S., KY
12:00 p.m. – Rockford H.S., MI
12:15 p.m. – Homestead H.S., IN
12:30 p.m. – Tri-Valley H.S., IL
12:45 p.m. – Southwestern H.S., KY
1:00 p.m. – Chattahoochee H.S., GA
1:15 p.m. – Estill County H.S., KY
1:30 p.m. – East Clinton H.S., OH
1:45 p.m. – Archbishop Carroll H.S., OH
2:00 p.m. – Woodford County H.S., KY
2:15 p.m. – Centerville H.S., OH
2:30 p.m. – Monrovia H.S., IN
2:45 p.m. – Brownsburg H.S., IN

3:00 p.m. – BREAK

3:15 p.m. – James Bowie H.S., TX
3:30 p.m. – Milford H.S., OH
3:45 p.m. – Worthington Kilbourne H.S., OH
4:00 p.m. – Warren Local H.S., OH
4:15 p.m. – Russell Independent H.S., KY
4:30 p.m. – Tri County H.S., MI
4:45 p.m. – Morton H.S., IL
5:00 p.m. – Norton H.S., OH
5:15 p.m. – William Mason H.S., OH
5:30 p.m. – John Hardin H.S., KY
5:45 p.m. – Pearland H.S., TX
6:00 p.m. – Greenon Jr./Sr. H.S., OH
6:15 p.m. – Miamisburg H.S., OH

6:30 p.m. – BREAK

7:00 p.m. – Kiski Area H.S., PA
7:15 p.m. – Nation Ford H.S., SC
7:30 p.m. – Columbus H.S., IN
7:45 p.m. – Center Grove H.S., IN
8:00 p.m. – Carroll H.S., IN
8:15 p.m. – Wilmington H.S., OH
8:30 p.m. – Fishers H.S., IN
8:45 p.m. – Avon H.S., IN
9:00 p.m. – Piqua H.S., OH
9:15 p.m. – Pinecrest Academy of Nevada Cadence, NV
9:30 p.m. – Carmel H.S., IN
9:45 p.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
10:00 p.m. – Hamilton H.S., OH

Prelims – Friday, November 10, 2023 (as of Oct. 25)

7:00 a.m. – Ticket Office Opens
7:30 a.m. – Stadium Gates Open

8:00 a.m. – Bourbon County H.S., KY
8:15 a.m. – Neosho H.S., MO
8:30 a.m. – TL Hanna H.S., SC
8:45 a.m. – Green Hope H.S., NC
9:00 a.m. – Dripping Springs H.S., TX
9:15 a.m. – Station Camp H.S., TN
9:30 a.m. – Keller H.S., TX
9:45 a.m. – Blue Springs H.S., MO
10:00 a.m. – Mount Pleasant H.S., MI
10:15 a.m. – Bentonville H.S., AR

10:30 a.m. – BREAK

10:45 a.m. – Sullivan H.S., MO
11:00 a.m. – Bishop Fenwick H.S., OH
11:15 a.m. – Logan Elm H.S., OH
11:30 a.m. – Bartlett H.S., TN
11:45 a.m. – Hebron H.S., TX
12:00 p.m. – Dartmouth H.S., MA
12:15 p.m. – Arlington H.S., TN
12:30 p.m. – Nordonia H.S., OH
12:45 p.m. – Blue Valley H.S., KS
1:00 p.m – Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, MI
1:15 p.m – The Woodlands H.S., TX
1:30 p.m. – Hickory H.S., VA

1:45 p.m. – BREAK

2:15 p.m. – William Howard Taft H.S., IL
2:30 p.m. – Huron Valley Marching Band, MI
2:45 p.m. – Avon H.S., OH
3:00 p.m. – Marian Catholic H.S., IL
3:15 p.m. – Munster H.S., IN
3:30 p.m. – Shawe Memorial H.S., IN
3:45 p.m. – Lawrence Township, IN
4:00 p.m. – Ohio County H.S., KY

4:15 p.m. – BREAK

4:30 p.m. – Round Rock H.S., TX
4:45 p.m. – Lake Central H.S., IN
5:30 p.m. – Bellbrook H.S., OH
5:45 p.m. – Clinton-Massie H.S., OH
6:00 p.m. – Christian Academy of Louisville, KY
6:15 p.m. – St. Clairsville H.S., OH
6:30 p.m. – Lake Hamilton H.S., AR
6:45 p.m. – Walter E. Stebbins H.S., OH
7:00 p.m. – Meade County H.S., KY
7:15 p.m. – Grayson County H.S., KY
7:30 p.m. – Collinsville H.S., IL
7:45 p.m. – Archbishop Alter H.S., OH
8:00 p.m. – In Exhibition: University of Alabama Million Dollar Band

8:15 p.m. – Special Presentations and Prelims Awards

Semi-Finals & Finals – Saturday, November 11, 2023

Times subject to change. Semi-finals start time will be determined Friday evening after the announcement of Semi-Finalists.

6:30 a.m. – Ticket Office & Gates Open

7:00 a.m. – Semi-Finals Performances Begin

5:00 p.m. – Semi-Finals Awards Ceremony & Announcement of Finalist Bands
Stadium Cleared

6:30 p.m. – Gates Open for Finals

7:00 p.m. – Finals Opening Welcome

8:00 p.m. – First Finalist Performance Begins

11:30 – p.m. – Grand Finale & Awards Ceremony

About the Venue & Stadium Rules and Regulations

Stadium Address: 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225

Lucas Oil Stadium is a cashless venue.


Concessions will be available throughout the concourse area. Due to Stadium policy, you are not allowed to bring food into the Stadium. We appreciate your cooperation. Concessions are cashless.

  • Lucas Oil Stadium Rules and Regulations
  • You must use some type of covering under the batteries of any amplified equipment – there cannot be any acid, gasoline or oil drop on the turf.
  • Helium balloons will not be allowed in the Stadium.
  • Drones are not allowed in the stadium or on stadium property.
  • Any equipment or substance that would do damage to the surface, such as Fire Extinguishers, sharp objects, material left on the surface, etc. will not be allowed in the Stadium.
  • Local Indianapolis ordinance prohibits smoking inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • The Stadium has a retractable roof, but please note the roof will be CLOSED for the Indianapolis Super Regional.

Fans and participants may not bring the following items into the Stadium:

  • Audio/Video Devices
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Liquor Containers
  • Food and Beverages
  • Coolers
  • Bags
  • Large Purses
  • Backpacks
  • Balloons (Helium)
  • Fanny packs
  • Air-Horns
  • Missile-like objects
  • Drone

Fans are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion at the gates. Gates and gate open times are listed on the
Bands of America strictly prohibits the presence of weapons on Lucas Oil Stadium property during our event.

Cashless Venue
  • Lucas Oil Stadium is a cashless building.
  • There will be (2) cash-to-card machines located in Section 132 and Section 145.
  • Plan ahead! These machines have limited availability. 
  • This includes Bands of America tickets at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office and all concessions.
Clear Bag Policy
  • Bands of America encourages spectators not to bring bags into venues. Only clear bags and emergency bags will be permitted.
  • Bag policies are effective to expedite entry into venues and provide additional safety.
  • Spectators will be allowed to bring items such as cameras, provided they are not in cases that would violate the bag policy at that venue.
  • Lucas Oil Stadium is cashless, including the ticket booth.
  • Tickets may be purchased on-site at the Southeast Ticket Office of Lucas Oil Stadium Thursday-Saturday of Grand Nationals.
  • Will-Call tickets may be picked up at the Southeast Ticket Office.
Spectator Parking
  • A limited amount of spectator parking is available in Lot A North of the Stadium and the South Lot of Lucas Oil Stadium. The cost for each of these lots is $20 per vehicle with NO in/out privileges.
  • Accessible parking spaces are in the South lot of the Stadium via the Missouri Street Gate 3 parking lot entrance. The cost for this lot is $20.00 per vehicle with NO in/out privileges. Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A drop-off/pick-up location is available along Capitol Ave. outside of the Colts Team Store.
  • Additional spaces surround the stadium in various lots and parking garages. A map of parking and prices for area lots is available online at https://www.indydt.com/parking.com
  • BOA does not operate, guarantee access to, or control the pricing or policies of Lucas Oil Stadium or other surrounding lots.
  • Plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time to park, buy tickets, and enter the Stadium. Lucas Oil Stadium is a large, urban-based professional facility. Allowing extra time for movement and the unfamiliar and unanticipated is essential and prudent.
Spectator Entry
  • Spectator entry will be via the East Gate of the Stadium for Prelims and Semi-Finals.
  • Spectator entry will be via the North Gate and East Gate of the Stadium for Finals Competition.
  • All entrances to the Stadium are ADA compliant.
  • Jolesch Enterprises will be on-site taking group and section photos of each band immediately following the prelims performance. They will also take action photos of awards ceremonies. Ordering information is available online at joleschenterprises.com.
  • Use of cameras of any kind is NOT ALLOWED on the field (field, sidelines, stadium floor) for any BOA event.
  • Still cameras (digital or film, professional or otherwise) are allowed in the stadium and may be used from stadium seating, but not on the field.
  • Tripods and similar equipment that may obstruct the view of others in seating areas are not allowed.
  • The issuance of a “Field Pass” or other non-Media BOA Credential does not include the right to use a camera on the field. Passholders must go into stadium spectator seating to use their cameras.
    See the BOA Official Media Policy here.
  • Note: No photos or video are allowed on the field unless you have a valid media credential.
  • Vendor List
  • Concourse Map
  • (to come)
Exhibition Performances

Enjoy exhibition performances at the 2023 Grand National Championships by these fantastic groups:

Indiana University Marching Hundred

North Carolina A&T State University Blue & Gold Marching Machine

University of Alabama Million Dollar Band

Where to Eat

Food Trucks – Available on Satuday, Nov. 11 along South Street in front of Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Smokey Blue BBQ
  • Pi
  • Boxburger
  • Bay Area Bistro
  • Moo & Lou Frozen Treats
  • J&J A Taste of Home Catering
  • Union Jack

Map of Downtown Restaurants


Leadership BLAST!

Join us on Friday, November 10, 2023 for a Leadership BLAST! during the Bands of America Grand National Championships with Fran Kick and friends! This interactive BLAST! empowers ALL of your students to grow as better leaders and smarter followers

Future Music Educators' Experience

Calling all music education students: Learn how you can attend the Bands of America Grand National Championships and the Drum Corps International World Championships for FREE!

Grand Nationals Expo

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Lucas Oil Stadium
500 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225 United States
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