48th annual ISSMA State Finals to be held this weekend

The 48th ISSMA State Finals for High School Marching Bands will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. ISSMA is proud to announce that this prestigious event is being sponsored by Music Travel Consultants, with Supporting Sponsorships by Band Shoppe and Paige’s Music. In addition, American Dairy Association Indiana and Prairie Farms Dairy will award a $1,000 “Winners Drink Milk” Scholarship to a music student at each of the four state champion schools.

The top 10 scoring bands in each of the four Open Class Enrollment Categories from the Semi-State will compete for ranking order and the title of State Champion for their respective Open Class Category, beginning with Open Class D at 10 a.m. Performing in exhibition at 9:25 a.m. will be the Scholastic Class B Champion followed by the Scholastic Class A Champion. The 48 bands that participated in the Scholastic Class were limited by both band size and school enrollment.

90 Open Class bands began performance on Oct. 16 at one of four regional sites. 82 bands, 20 in enrollment categories D and B and 21 in enrollment categories A and C, determined by size of school, continued to Semi-State performance on Oct. 30, and now the 40 bands, representing the best in the state will meet at the State Finals to decide the four State Champions. Indiana High School Marching Bands consistently rank among the nation’s finest and this is widely known as one of the very best State High School Marching Band events in the country.

Admission is $22.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and pre-school. Only mobile tickets (no paper tickets) will be sold, and a smartphone will be needed to present tickets for entry. Visit for more ticket information. The time schedule of participating bands is located on our web site