Marching Band Posts

3 Reasons Why Marching Band Will Help You Win at Life

Marching band is as “Indiana” as the famed pork tenderloin at Nick’s Kitchen (Huntington, IN). We know form Google analytics that the Japanese and Indonesians cannot get enough of the Avon and Carmel marching band performances. Directors from all over the country come to learn from the extraordinary talent that make these programs run like clockwork. Marching band is an absolutely positive addiction.

I could cite any number of studies that show correlation between music education and academic achievement, creativity, and etc., I am not going to bore you with that—after all those are usually statistics that can be read in a variety of days. I do want to talk about what are real life benefits outside of the classroom. Here are three that I live every day:

Is competition in music a good thing?

Perhaps there is more to life than winning first chair, winning the gold medal in ISSMA Orchestra competition, or winning the Bands of America Grand National Championship. In my time as a musician from middle school through the collegiate level I often heard that music is not a competition. This has come from parents and teachers who want to believe that music education is solely about art. Several studies that indicate the study of music helps students become more creative, more intelligent, etc. (You can find these on our Monday posts titled “Truth in Music Education”). Artistry and intelligence is important, so is preparing for the competition that is everyday life. Perhaps artistry and intelligence are source of the “good life” but make no mistake that one must prepare for the stresses and strains of modern life. I fully believe that the competitive component of music education is one of the most important learning experiences every student can have.

October Marching Band Update

If you are in Indiana during the fall, you know marching band is a huge deal here! Indiana is home to many of the best marching bands in the country with Avon, Carmel, Center Grove, Chesterton and Lawrence Central all winning the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

This weekend is the famed “Cavalcade of Champions” at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. One of the most storied marching band invitationals in the state. This is the last weekend of invitationals before “playoff” season begins. If you’re looking to see some of best bands from around the state, this is a great show to attend as it features incredible programs, big and small!

The “playoffs” are the process of working from every competitive marching band into the eventual state champion of each respective class. The competitions are hosted by ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) at various sites throughout the state. Each class is determined by school size with Class D being the smallest competitive class and Class A being the largest class. We begin with a regional where the top 10 bands in each class move on from each site into the semi-state stage. At semi-state, the top 10 bands in each class advance to the state finals where each class has a competition to become the state champion.

The ISSMA competitive schedule is as follows:

ISSMA Regionals – October 15th
Chesterton HS (Class B & D)
Lafayette Jefferson HS (Class A & C)
Center Grove HS (Class A & B)
Evansville Central HS (Class C & D)

ISSMA Semi-State – October 22nd
Ben Davis HS (Class A)
Pike HS (Class B)
Decatur Central HS (Class C)
Franklin Community HS (Class D)

State Finals – October 29th
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (All Classes)

Paige’s Music is proud to support ISSMA and all of the participating groups in the upcoming events. Best of luck to everyone this fall!