Dozens of marching bands come to Indy for the Bands of American Grand National Championship

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 12, 2015) – More than 90 high school marching bands are in Indianapolis this weekend for the Bands of American Grand National Championship. The organization is celebrating the 40th  year for this event.

Twelve Indiana bands will perform at Lucas Oil Stadium. For the first time, bands from Alaska and Hawaii are also participating. FOX 59 morning news got a glimpse at the Alaskan band’s routine.

Bands of America president and CEO Eric Martin says he believes musical education is an essential part of a child’s educational environment.

“Everyone talks about STEM in terms of science and engineering,” Martin said. “We’ve added the ‘a’ to make it STEAM,  including the arts.”

Grand Nationals is the largest national high school marching band championship and culminates a season of 19 Bands of America Championships held throughout the country this fall.

The competition runs through Saturday. Tickets start at $23. More information here.

 

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