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Online ticket sales will be available until Saturday, September 12, at 9:00 am. After that, please bring cash and purchase tickets at the event.

If you purchase a raffle ticket at the Invitational, you will receive one free entrance per raffle ticket. For more information on our raffle, see Fishers Car Raffle.

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The 4th Annual Fishers Invitational – September 12, 2015

All documents related to the 2015 Fishers Invitational are available for download below. If there is something missing or you require clarification on any information, please email us at invitational@fishersband.org

Ticket Booth and Gates Open at 3:00pm

First Band Steps off at 4:00pm – Awards at 9:45pm

Schedule of Bands (Rehearsal / Performance / Clinic)

Procedures and Flow

Flow Map

Meal Order Form

Registration for the 2015 Fishers Invitational has closed. We are excited to announce that we have 20 bands registered for the event and have reached capacity. Bands interested in being added to the wait list, in case of cancellations, should email us at invitational@fishersband.org.

We are pleased to announce our date for the 4th Annual Fishers Marching Band Invitational (FMBI), September 12, 2015!

Fishers High School Reynolds Stadium is one of the newest high school stadiums in the state with over 3,600 seats. Fishers High School is a state of the art facility that opened in 2006. Knowing that many of you may not have seen our facility, we want you to know that we received a great many positive comments from participants from the first three years as the synthetic Field Turf surface in great shape and our press box has an excellent vantage point for our adjudicators.

The first three events have had great attendance with over 3,300 people on our campus each year. We anticipate the 2015 Fishers Invitational will quickly grow to feature up to 20 bands from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and other surrounding states. The contest will feature the BOA Judging system, a world class judging panel, and an 8th evaluator/clinician who will provide immediate feedback to your program in a 12-minute clinic following your performance. These clinics have received high marks from past participants. Additionally we will offer a student leadership workshop for all attendee’s during the afternoon prior to the start of the competition.

We recognize this is an early season show and rehearsal time for all of the groups is at a premium. If you are traveling in for the show and need a facility to practice, please let us help you arrange that. Additionally, if you are local, this show will be an afternoon/evening show so you are able to have a rehearsal during the day and join us later for a run before an amazing judging panel.

Our “National Caliber” Adjudication Panel:
Music Visual
Dr. Nola Jones, Nashville, TN
Jeremy Earnhart, Arlington, TX
Jarrett Lipman, San Antonio, TX
David Starnes, Cullowhee, NC
Darrin Davis, Broken Arrow, OK
Bret Mascaro, Collegeville, PA
Jackie Gilley, Oklahoma City, OK
Chief Judge / Clinician

Richard Saucedo


Please note that performance times will be assigned based on receipt of completed entry forms, so take this opportunity to beat the rush!

Please note that performance times will be assigned based on receipt of completed entry forms, so take this opportunity to beat the rush!

Registration for the 2015 Fishers Invitational has closed. We are excited to announce that we have 20 bands registered for the event and have reached capacity. Bands interested in being added to the wait list, in case of cancellations, should email us at invitational@fishersband.org.

4th Annual Fishers Invitational
Saturday, September 12, 2015

How are the bands “classified?”

Bands are classified by school enrollment, grades 9-12 only. The Fishers Invitational will utilize the ISSMA classification system for enrollment. Under the ISSMA four-class system:

UPDATED to reflect 2014-15 ISSMA Class numbers 

  • Class D is up to 511 students
  • Class C is 512-890
  • Class B is 891-1740
  • Class A is 1741 and above
  • Any Scholastic Class bands are welcome and invited to participate as well. If those bands wish, they can participate in competition or in a judged evaluation only.

Evaluation will be received from a seven-person professional judging panel with recorded and written commentary on your performance. The emphasis is on the input the judge offers into the band’s program via the recorded evaluation. An 8th evaluator will provide immediate input to bands following their performance in a clinic environment.


We are also pleased to let you know that we have contracted with IndianaMarching to once again provide each participant with an instant DVD of your performance and digital recordings from the judges the night of the event.

Afternoon Leadership session:

Another unique aspect of this event is the 75-minute early afternoon leadership & motivational session for ALL students to hear a presentation.  There is NO additional charge for this session and is included in the price of registration for the event.

Optional Directors/Staff Clinics

A unique additional educational opportunity exists for the directors and staffs of the bands who participate.  You can schedule a one-hour clinic session to meet with four members of the adjudication panel who will provide clinics on Saturday evening following the contest and continuing on Sunday morning if necessary.  You will receive 30 minutes with two visual judges and 30 minutes with two music judges who will sit with you and your video recording of your show and on a large screen provide ideas, suggestions and input you can incorporate for the remainder of your season. This is not a critique but rather an opportunity for dialogue in a positive setting for continued growth and improvement.  These clinics are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited to 8 bands.  The additional cost for this clinic session has been reduced to $150.

Richard Saucedo (Chief Judge / Clinician)

Richard L. Saucedo is currently Director of Bands, Emeritus after retiring from the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz band and marching band.

The CHS Wind Symphony performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times (1992, 1999, and 2004) and was named the Indiana State Champion Concert Band in 1999 and most recently in 2013. The group also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago during December of 2005. The Carmel Jazz Ensembles have won numerous awards at jazz festivals in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.

The Carmel Marching Greyhounds have finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past 15 years and were named BOA National Champions in the fall of 2005 and again in 2012. The Marching Band has been an Indiana Class A State Champion four times in recent history. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Mr. Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99. Mr. Saucedo was recently named the “Outstanding Music Educator” in the state of Indiana for 2010 by the Indiana Music Educators Association.

Mr. Saucedo’s accomplishments have been highlighted in articles by HALFTIME and SCHOOL BAND AND
ORCHESTRA Magazines. Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band works and choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff for the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. His concert band works have been performed all over the world by middle school and high school bands as well as by college and university groups.

Mr. Saucedo’s first orchestral piece, “Nocturne for Orchestra” was named most outstanding new original composition at the National Orchestra Cup Festival held at Lincoln Center in NY during April of 2009. His second orchestral work “Nibiru” was premiered in December of 2009 at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention. His most recent work for orchestra will be premiered at the Midwest Clinic in 2014.

Mr. Saucedo has received commissions from all parts of the United States and Japan and he will be releasing numerous works for university, high school middle school bands and orchestras in the near future. He is the author of two DVD’s on the subject of rehearsing the marching band wind section called “Dynamic Music”. He is also featured in two concert band rehearsal techniques DVD’s, now available from Dynamic Music/Marching.

Mr. Saucedo travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for concert band, jazz
band, marching band, and orchestra. He will be a guest conductor, clinician or commission composer in over 15
different states during the 2013-14 school year. He was an adjudicator/clinician for the Singapore International Band Festival in July of 2014. He has been a featured clinician for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, the Colorado Music Educators Association, the California Music Educators Association, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, The Virginia Music Educators Association and the Indiana Music Educators Association.

He has served as MusicCaption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and has served as a music judge for Drum Corps International for many years. Mr. Saucedo also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois from 2000 through 2008. The Cavaliers won the DCI World Championship five times during Mr. Saucedo’s tenure. He is currently music coordinator as well as the brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mr. Saucedo is also an Educational Consultant for “Music for All” and “Bands of America”. He is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education and currently serves as assistant chief judge for Bands of America Marching Band Competitions.

Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington and finished his master’s degree at
Butler University in Indianapolis. He is also an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. Mr. Saucedo is
married to his wife Sarah and is most proud of his daughter Carmen, who is about to begin her teaching career after
studying elementary education at Ball State University. His son, Ethan, is currently in 2nd grade and loves music and basketball.

Joel L. Denton (Clinician)

Mr. Joel L. Denton currently serves as Director of Bands at Ooltewah High School, a position he has held for the past thirty-four years. Under his direction, the Ooltewah Band has achieved a national reputation for musical excellence. Mr. Denton is very active as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant for band programs and organizations throughout the nation including Music for All/Bands of America, Drum Corps International, as well as, several state and university music organizations. Mr. Denton is the founder of Covenant Consultants and works with band programs, schools, and professional organizations on developing leadership and team-building skills.

Dr. Nola Jones (Music)

Dr. Nola Jones is the Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Her duties include instructional supervision of four hundred professional arts education specialists, curriculum planning, and implementation of Music Makes Us. Music Makes Us is a public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville. Its purpose is to ensure Metro Nashville Public Schools is a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students. Dr. Jones maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for concert bands, marching bands, and honor ensembles. She has appeared nationally in 38 of the United States and internationally in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, and Singapore. At the request of NAfME, she was Director of the 2010 and 2011 US Army All-American Band, performing at the NBC televised US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas and served on its Blue Ribbon Committee to write National Standards for Marching Band. She has judged for WGI, Bands of America and Drum Corps International and currently serves on the DCI Judge Liaison Team for the music caption. Dr. Jones received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi State University and the Master of Music Education degree from Mississippi College. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina where she was a student of Dr. William J. Moody.

Jeremy Earnhart (Music)

Jeremy Earnhart is Director of Fine Arts for the Arlington (TX) Independent School District. Educating 65,000 students, Arlington provides comprehensive musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts programs. Previously, Mr. Earnhart was Director of Fine Arts for the Irving ISD where students experienced signiIicant increases in enrollment and achievement. He was also director of the state and national champion L.D. Bell High School Band serving from 1998-2009.

Mr. Earnhart graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music and holds a Masters of Music Education from the University of North Texas. He also holds certiIications in International Baccalaureate Music and is currently mid-way through the Educational Doctorate program at Dallas Baptist University. Mr. Earnhart has served as a conductor for TMEA All-Region Bands and as an adjudicator for TMEA Area Honor Band, UIL Area & State Marching Contest, as well as for Bands of America. Mr. Earnhart is an active consultant/designer for groups including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and consistent affiliation with the 2011 Bands of America Grand National Champion Broken Arrow (OK) High School, and now the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, IL.

Mr. Earnhart has received the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Education Foundations “Award of Excellence,” and the “Freidman Academic Hero Award” from Score a Goal in the Classroom. He was selected as the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity Texas “Outstanding Young Bandmaster,” and was featured as the cover story of the May 2008 issue of School Band & Orchestra.

Raised on Long Island, Mr. Earnhart was an award-winning drum major and two-year member of the NY All-State Jazz Band with instruction from Dr. Leon Petruzzi, Dr. Thomas Pinto, and his father Stanton Earnhart. At UNT, he studied trumpet with Dr. Leonard Candelaria, performing in ensembles and recordings under Dennis Fisher and Eugene Corporon as well as the Two O’clock Lab Band under James Riggs. Mr. Earnhart’s professional afIiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Delta Kappan, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Educational Theatre Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

Mr. Earnhart resides in DFW suburbia with his wife, Gwendolyn (an elementary music teacher of the year), and their daughter Kierstyn (a preschooler; we are certain she will have more contributions shortly).

Jarrett Lipman (Music)

Jarrett graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While at Mason Gross, he studied euphonium in the studios of Professor Scott Mendoker and the late Professor William Kellerman. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Jarrett performed on euphonium and trombone with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, and the Eastern Winds of Ewing, N.J. From 2008 to 2010, he performed as a euphonium player with the San Antonio Wind Symphony.

Jarret directs the Johnson High School marching band; co-conducts the wind ensemble; and assists with the symphony band, concert bands, and jazz ensembles. Recently, the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Marching Band advanced to the 2010 and 2012 UIL State Marching Contest and was named a State finalist in 2012. Since 2010, the band has been a consistent Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Finalist and was named a Bands of America Grand Nationals Finalist in 2011, where the group placed eighth overall. The Johnson High School Wind Ensemble advanced to the TMEA State Honor Band Contest Finals in 2012, placing fifth. The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Bands have earned exclusively Sweepstakes ratings since the school opened in 2008. The Johnson Band has also been invited to serve as demonstration group and featured group for the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention (2010, 2014) and the New Jersey Music Educators Association conference (2013).

David Starnes (Music)

David Starnes joined the design team for Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps as a consultant for their 2013 championship season. He is also the Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University’s School of Music, where he directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Starnes graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Prior to coming to Western Carolina in 2011, he was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga., where he served for 11 years.

Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations including Bands of America (where he is a member of the Advisory Board), Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International. He also served as the Program Coordinator for Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps from 2003 to 2007.

Starnes is a member of the Yamaha Educational Artist program and an educational artist for Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads. He also serves as an Education Consultant at Music For All in Indianapolis and was appointed the program director for the Honor Band of America which appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. in 2005 and 2009.

Under Starnes’s leadership, the Kennesaw Mountain High School band program grew from 85 students to over 250 members and has been recognized at local, state and national levels for achievements in concert band, jazz band, marching band, winter guard and winter percussion. They are four-time Regional Champions in Bands of America events, a six-time national finalists at the Grand National Championships, and were named the 2004 Bands of America AAA National Champions. In December of 2003, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Kennesaw Mountain Band the Sudler Shield of Excellence for outstanding achievement in marching band. The Kennesaw Mountain Wind Symphony also performed at the 60th Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago in December of 2006 under Starnes’ direction.

Darrin Davis (Visual)

Darrin Davis, a native of Oklahoma, is in his 21st year teaching in Broken Arrow Public Schools and currently serves as the Director of Bands for the Broken Arrow Public Schools.  Mr. Davis is the conductor of the Broken Arrow HS Wind Ensemble and director of the nationally acclaimed Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band.

The Broken Arrow bands have performed at the Music For All National Concert Band Festival, appeared on numerous occasions at the OMEA Convention, and marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade (2009 & 2013).  Twice the John Philip Sousa Foundation has presented the Broken Arrow Marching Band the prestigious Sudler Shield (1999 & 2009), the band has made many appearances in the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship.  Broken Arrow is a 20 time Oklahoma State Marching Band Champion, an eleven time BOA Grand National Finalist, a ten time BOA Regional Champion, and the 2006 and 2011 Bands Of America Grand National Champion.  The Broken Arrow band program has a long-standing tradition of receiving the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Sweepstakes Award recognizing excellence on the Concert Stage and the Marching Field over 100 times.

Mr. Davis earned a B.S. in Music Education at Missouri Western State University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education with wind conducting emphasis from The University of Tulsa.  He has studied wind conducting with many of the premier conductors in America.

Mr. Davis is a national clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as Drum Corps International, Bands of America, the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship, and numerous state band associations.  Davis has served on the executive board for the Oklahoma Northeast Band Directors’ Association and is an active member in OBA, OMEA, and Music For All.

Bret Mascaro (Visual)

Bret Mascaro has been a band director for 34 years, and currently serves as music teacher and high school band director for the Methacton School District in Pennsylvania. Bret has recently served as a PA Music Educators Association District President and Festival Coordinator.  Bret has twice been a clinician at the PMEA Annual In-service Conference.

Bret Mascaro has been a designer or instructor for the Crossmen, Troopers, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret has been a clinic presenter for DCI and several local and regional competitive circuits.  Bret has also served as an adjudicator across the United States, Canada, and Japan for several organizations such as Winter Guard International, Drum Corps International , Bands of America, and several state pageantry associations.

Jackie Gilley (Visual)

Jackie Gilley is a native of Stratford, Texas, and was the band director at Monroney Middle School in Midwest City, OK, for 29 years. She also taught color guard at Midwest City H.S. for 18 years. Her first job was in Miami, Texas, teaching art, band, and yearbook. Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Ceramics and her Masters of Music Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is also accredited in Secondary Education Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Ms. Gilley earned accreditation in 2002 as a “National Certified Teacher” in Instrumental Music, and she was also “Monroney Teacher of the Year” in 1992 and 2003. In 2012 Jackie was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame and was awarded “OKMEA Exemplary Teacher” in 2013. She is past president of the Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and also a member of OMEA, OBA, MENC, and WIBDA.

Ms. Gilley is well-known as an adjudicator throughout the United States. She has been an adjudicator for Winter Guard International, Drum Corps International, Bands of America/Music for All, the Texas Color Guard Judges Association, and Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association.

Jackie currently serves as president of the Stratford Education Foundation, which serves students in the Stratford Independent School District in Texas.

Fishers Invitational adjudication system (based on Bands of America’s) Scoring Point Breakdown:


Performance Individual
20 points (averaged) Music Performance Individual judge is located on the field.
Performance Ensemble Music Performance Ensemble judge is located at a vantage point from above. The two music performance judges scores are averaged
Performance Individual
20 points (averaged) Visual Performance Individual judge is located on the field.
Performance Ensemble Visual Performance Ensemble judge is located at a vantage point from above. The two visual performance judges scores are averaged.
General Effect
40 points There are two Music General Effect judges, located above, each with 20 possible points which are then added for a total of 40 possible General Effect Music points.
General Effect
20 points Visual General Effect judge is located at a vantage point from above

2015 Sponsorship Levels for the Band Program/Invitational

2015 Fishers Band Program Sponsorship Levels

2015 Invitational Program Advertiser Agreement

2015 Invitational Fact Sheet

What: Fishers Marching Band Invitational (FMBI) is a unique early season event modeled after the Bands of America regional. FMBI is a premier fundraising event of the Fishers High School Marching Band Boosters, a 501(c) 3 organization. FMBI invites high school marching bands from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and other surrounding states.

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015

Where: Hamilton Southeastern School District, Hamilton County, Indiana

Fishers High School, Reynolds Tiger Stadium
13000 Promise Road
Fishers, Indiana 46038

Be a Sponsor of the 2015 Fishers Invitational!
Invitational sponsorships range from Title Sponsor of $5,000 to Bronze Sponsor of $250.

Advertising opportunities are also available by purchasing ads in the 2015 Fishers Invitational program. Ads range from a full page ad for $400 to a business card size ad for $100.

For more information about becoming a 2015 sponsor, please contact sponsors@fishersinvitational.org


Full Page B&W Ad (8 x 10.5”) $400
Half Page (5 x 7”) $275
Quarter Page (3.5 x 4.5”) $175
Business Card (1/8 page 3.5 x 2”) $100

For more information about becoming a 2014 program advertiser, please contact sponsors@fishersinvitational.org

Volunteers, please go to VolunteerSpot to sign up. We need 300+ volunteer spots filled for the Invitational.


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Registration for the 2015 Fishers Invitational has closed. We are excited to announce that we have 20 bands registered for the event and have reached capacity. Bands interested in being added to the wait list, in case of cancellations, should email us at invitational@fishersband.org.


2015 Invitational Fact Sheet

2015 Invitational PROGRAM ADVERTISER Agreement

2015 Fishers High School Band Program Sponsorship Agreement Form

2015 Fishers Band Program Invitational Sponsorship Levels

Mailing Address:

Fishers H.S. Band Boosters
P.O. Box 188,
Fishers, IN 46038

Email:    info@fishersinvitational.org


Invitational Co-Chairs:

Jay Gabbard
Jeff Ormerod


Invitational Address:

Fishers High School,
Reynolds Tiger Stadium
13000 Promise Road
Fishers, Indiana 46038

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