Milk – The Official Beverage of ISSMA Events

The 38th annual ISSMA Marching Band season steps off with District Festivals on October 2nd at seven Indiana sites. The Indiana Dairy Farmers, corporate sponsor for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA), fund, support and promote music education activities throughout Indiana. 200,000 students participate in music events under the leadership of the ISSMA. The State Marching Band Competition involves more than 16,000 of these students from 174 high schools.

Those bands reaching a predetermined score at District will advance to Regional events held at four locations on October 16th. Bands Enter in Class A, B, C and D

Milk - The official beverage of ISSMA

according to the size of school with Class A being the largest. The top twenty scoring band in each of the four classes from the Regional sites will meet at four Semi-State sites in the Indianapolis area on October 23rd to determine the 10 bands in each class that will participate in the 38th Annual State marching Band Finals. This year’s Finals will be held on October 30th at the Lucas Oil Stadium, where the four State Champion bands will be crowned.

The Indiana Dairy Farmers will present a $1,000 scholarship to a student from each of the four State Champion bands. “There is no

greater drink than milk to be the official beverage of ISSMA events!” commented Jenni Purcell, Registered Dietitian. Purcell continued, “It’s such a great way to fuel up with the nutrition students need to be competition ready.”

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