BOA Grand Nationals

What is the Bands of America Grand Nationals?
The BOA Grand National Championships is the largest and most prestigious national marching band event available to high school marching bands.  It is a three-day, preliminary, semifinals, finals competition held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. More than 90 bands from across the country participate each year with an estimated 30,000 spectators.  Participation in the competition is on a first come, first served basis up to the maximum number of bands established by BOA. There are no qualifying contests and all high school bands are eligible to participate.
In addition to the competing band performances, Grand Nationals also includes an Expo, exhibition performances by college bands, Student Leadership Workshop, and other special events. 
What is the Band’s Schedule?
Click this link for the schedule for the Central Hardin Marching Band: TBA– the CHHS Band will perform on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at TBA  (this time could change!)
Where is the band staying?
For the safety of the students, we will no longer disclose the location of the hotel on the internet or via text messages.  Information will be given directly to the students and parents at booster meetings or in person.
For scoring purposes, bands are classified by school enrollment, grades 10-12 only, in Classes A (smallest) through AAAA (largest). The CHHS Band is in Class 3A 
Half of the participating bands perform in one of the two separate preliminary contests held on Thursday and Friday.  Each preliminary contest is balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. 
The Central Hardin High School Marching Band will be performing on Friday at 3:00 PM (tentative)
After the preliminary performance, the band will have a group photo and individual photos taken.  You will receive information on how to purchase these photos.
Approximately thirty bands will advance to semifinals – the top 11 scoring bands from each day of the two prelims, regardless of class (22 bands) – plus – the next 8 highest scoring bands from the preliminary round (both days combined), regardless of class – plus – the 2 highest scoring bands from each class from each day of prelims, should they not already be among the first 30 bands selected on the basis of either criteria above.  Bands advancing to semifinals and their performance times will be announced late Friday evening (usually around 10:00 pm). 
Semifinal performances will begin on Saturday morning around 8:00 am (or earlier – in 2013 the first band performed at 6:45 am) and last until late Saturday afternoon. 
The top 12 scoring bands from semifinals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s finals.  Bands selected for finals will be announced around 5:00 pm Saturday at the Stadium and on the BOA Twitter feed.  Class Champions (from semifinals) who are not selected for finals competition will perform in exhibition before the 12 bands selected for finals. 
You will need a separate ticket for each session – prelims (one-day and two-day tickets are available), semifinals, and finals – that you plan to attend. You are permitted to leave the stadium during a session and return during that same session — just make sure to get your hand stamped when you exit the stadium.
Preliminary and semifinal sessions are general admission (children 10 and under are admitted free for general admission). Seats for finals are all reserved.  After semifinal performances are completed and the bands selected for finals are announced, the stadium is cleared and people generally rush to purchase tickets for finals.  It’s not uncommon for certain price points to sell out quickly.  If you want to sit with someone during finals, you will need to buy tickets together. 
At the stadium, the ticket office is on the northeast side of the stadium, near the intersection of South Street and Capitol Avenue.  Entry into the stadium is on the north side, across from the Convention Center. 
Click here for more ticket information. 
The directions to Lucas Oil Stadium as provided by BOA:Driving Directions to Lucas Oil Stadium
See the Spectator Guide linked below for parking information.  There is plenty of parking near the stadium, but it’s best to get there early before the lots fill up.  Surface lots are generally around $10.  Parking garages are more expensive. 
Obviously, you’ll want your son or daughter to have souvenirs to remember their time at this event.  Luckily, there will be many people (over 100 booths) at the event to accommodate your desire.  If you pick something up for them, you may have time to connect with them during their free time.  Your student should be able to give you a good idea what they want before the event.  You can browse the merchandise here
Where to Eat?
Concession stands inside the stadium will be operating and prices will be what you would expect for an NFL game.  There are also many restaurants in the area of the stadium.  The food court at Circle Centre Mall is popular with the kids.  Click here for Indy’s restaurant guide.
The Band Boosters will organize some meals for students – this will be noted in the full band schedule.  Also, the meals for which students will need to bring money will be noted on the schedule.
Pictures and Videos
Video and audio recording is prohibited.
BOA will not be providing any videos this year due to the high cost of syncing licensing and other license being charged.  
There will be a live stream of the event – more info will be provided later.
Any still type camera may be used. Family, friends, and fans may take still photos of BOA events for personal use only. The images may not be sold or otherwise distributed, without the written permission of Music for All.  Any still camera (making film or digital still pictures) is allowed and may be used from the spectator seating area of any venue.  Tripods or other similar equipment that may obstruct the view or path of travel of others in seating areas are also not allowed. 
Links for Information
BOA Twitter
BOA Facebook
Music for All Video Subscriptions
BOA Live Blog
BOA Grand Nationals Event Information
Grand Nationals Spectator Guide
Stadium Seating Chart and Prices