Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, is set to take place at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium. Thousands will converge on the stadium November 13-16 to witness some of the best high school marching bands in the country. Grand Nationals is an educational performance opportunity open to all high school bands, on a first-come, first-served basis. Grand Nationals is also billed as a “spectacular music and pageantry event,” for which marching fans from across the nation and around the world travel to for its performances.
The Grand National Championships is a three-day, Preliminary, Semi-Finals, Finals event. Bands receive recorded evaluation from panels of leading educators and marching experts, along with written scoresheets. Forty-five bands perform in each of the two separate Prelims contests, balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. Thirty bands then advance to Semi-Finals with a formula that ensures inclusion of representatives of each of the four classes and the top scoring bands from the two separate Prelims contests and the overall event. (See Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics.) The top 12 scoring bands from Semi- Finals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s finals.
Check out the 2012 Grand National Championship performance by Carmel, Indiana's Marching Greyhounds: