FHS band among the 110 competing in Band of America Grand National Championships


By Jessica Hoover

The Fishers High School Marching Tiger Band is one of 110 bands to compete at the Nov. 8-10 Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Rich Howard, junior vice president for the Fishers High School Band Boosters, said the FHS band has been practicing its performance five to six days a week since June.

“These students are especially driven,” Howard said. “They’ve got a great show this year. The name of the show is ‘WILD.’ The show is driven based off of trials and tribulations that kids go through today. It’s really a story of life and it really resonates with the kids. They feel it, and they want to be able to share that with everybody.”

The bands will compete in a preliminary competition Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Thirty bands will move on from the preliminary competition to the Nov. 9 semifinals. The top 12 will then compete in the finals, where the Grand National Champion will be named by a panel of music educators and marching arts experts.

In addition to the high school band competition, there also will be six college marching bands performing throughout the event, an expo with more than 100 booths and a student leadership workshop.

Tickets range from $16 to $120. Children 10 and under are free for general admission seats. Tickets are available at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office or at musicforall.org/what-we-do/boa-marching-championships/grand-national-championships/grand-national-championships.

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