The Fishers Tiger Band are bound for Nationals!

We are excited for Grand Nationals week! This event is the pinnacle of marching band contests in the nation, and it draws the best bands from the nation to compete for the title of Grand National Champion.  We are ready to put our best effort forward and see if we can advance to finals for the first time!  This is an exciting time for our students, as they will get to experience a world class event right here in our own backyard.

Our prelims performance is 7:15 PM Friday night. Please support your student by attending the event and/or watching the live stream. If we advance to semi-finals our performance time will be determined on Friday night at the prelims award ceremony.

The Format of Grand Nationals

The Grand Nationals Championships format includes Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals rounds. The competition takes place over 3 full days (November 8-10). Fishers performs at 7:15 PM Friday night. The prelims awards will begin at 8:30 PM, with the semi-finalists being announced around 9 PM or after.

Prelims Awards and Advancement to Semi-finals

A “Drum Majors” Awards Ceremony will follow the conclusion of preliminary performances on Friday evening. Each enrolled Band receives a Grand National Participation Award, as well as a Grand National Participant segment patch and personalized certificate for each student.

At the conclusion of the presentation of Participation Awards, Semi-Finalists bands will be announced in random order. Thirty (30) Bands (or more if necessary to accommodate participation by all classes) will advance to Semi-Finals.

Semi-finals Awards and Advancement to Finals

A “Drum Majors” Semi-Finals Awards Ceremony will follow the conclusion of Semi-Finals competition. Each Semi-Finalist Band receives a Semi-Finalist Participation Award and each participating Band member will receive a National Semi-Finalist segment patch.

At the conclusion of the Semi-Final Awards Ceremony, the twelve (12) Finalist Bands will be announced in random order. From Semi-Finals, the twelve (12) highest-scoring Bands regardless of class advance to Saturday evening’s Finals. The top 6 scoring Bands from Semi-Finals will be assigned the last 6 Performance times in numerical order according to the Finals pre-draw that took place at Band Check-In. The next 6 will be assigned the first 6 Performance times in numerical order according to the Finals pre-draw that took place at Band Check-In.

Full Itineraries for Friday and Saturday:

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Watch the Live Stream

If you cannot make it to Lucas Oil Stadium, Music for All has a partnership with FloMarching that puts the entire event online with their live stream! Streaming plans start at $12.50/month.


All 2018 Official Bands of America and Music for All Merchandise is powered by PepWear! New apparel, including the Commemorative 2018 BOA Championship T-shirts and event souvenirs are available for purchase onsite at the BOA souvenir stand and online at Please tell your students and their families so they can bring home a BOA souvenir!


Bands of America Championship Patches are available for purchase online and at the BOA souvenir stand. In addition, BOA recognizes each and every student in the Championship as a participant with a specially designed participant segment intended to complement the Championship patch.


Music for All will be posting photos, videos, and updates from each show this fall and we would love for you, your students, and your band’s fans to join the conversation. Encourage your band to follow Music for All and Bands of America on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat so they don’t miss any of the action.

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