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About the Marching Season
The Marching Pride is a Class A band in the “Open Class” category, which means that we qualify for a chance to compete in the ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) State Finals.
- The contest season begins with Invitationals hosted by various high schools in the Indianapolis area. We choose which to attend based on our availability and preparedness. The scores are for instructional purposes and do not factor into our State or National standing.
- Next, the ISSMA season begins with Regional qualifications. The top 10 bands from each region will progress to ISSMA Semi-State Finals. The Open Class State Finals feature the top 10 bands from Semi-State Finals. The top-scoring band will earn the ISSMA State Championship. Competitions take place at various Indianapolis-area high schools, except the State Finals, which take place at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- Finally, the Marching Pride participates in the BOA (Bands of America) competitions, all of which take place at Lucas Oil Stadium. BOA hosts Super Regional Competitions in four locations in the nation, one of them in Indianapolis. MPLT has enrolled in this two-day competition which involves up to 60 regional bands, with 12 to 14 bands advancing to Regional Finals. Bands from different classes (from A to AAAA, Marching Pride is AAAA) compete against one another, and while caption awards are based on class, the finals competition is not. This is a self-contained event that does not effect our standing in subsequent BOA competitions.
- The last contest of the season is the BOA Grand National Championships, which fortunately takes place right here in Indianapolis. MPLT has enrolled in the Grand National Prelims along with well over 100 other marching bands from across the nation; it takes place the Thursday and Friday before Saturday Semi-Finals and Saturday night Finals. We typically perform on Thursday, then spend Friday watching other bands perform and rehearsing at the convention center. When the two-day Prelims contest concludes, a minimum of 30 bands 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. The top 12 scoring bands from Semi-Finals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s finals.
The Marching Pride of Lawrence Township is supported by two organizations:
We seek support from individuals and community businesses to help sustain Lawrence Central’s nationally recognized Performing Arts Program. These award winning arts programs—including band, choir, orchestra, theater, dance and color guard—provide extraordinary educational opportunities for our children and attract many families to Lawrence Township. In the current economic environment, many LC families are finding it increasingly difficult to pay the fees necessary for their children to participate in the school’s award winning ensembles. We ask your support—through sponsorships and scholarship aid for students—to keep LC’s music and arts programs affordable for all students who desire to participate in and receive the educational benefits from these educational experiences. Click here to view our slide show concerning parent participation.
LN Band Boosters
As a parent of a band student, you are automatically included as a member of the wonderful group of people called LN Band Boosters. Merriam-Webster defines a booster as “one that boosts as an enthusiastic supporter.” Other names for our members could be advocates, backers, champions, friends, promoters, proponents, supporters, and true believers.
Band Booster support takes many forms. One of the most important things that an LN Band Booster does is attend performances, concerts, festivals, games, and contests, even those away from Lawrence North. Students really appreciate the parent support and look forward to our involvement. Boosters also benefit from going to performances; they are an opportunity to sit together, to make and renew friendships, to enjoy great music of all genres, and to cheer on our terrific musicians!
Another important way that LN Band Boosters offer support is by participating in fundraisers. This income is critical to offset the costs associated with running a top-tier band program. Most of our fundraising is for the direct benefit of the students, with proceeds applied to band fees, instrument rental, private lessons, etc. Other fundraisers are designed to assist the program as a whole, for purchases such as uniforms, instruments and equipment, music, guest clinicians, scholarships, etc. Band Boosters do many other things to “boost as enthusiastic supporters.” We serve meals during rehearsals, help with uniform fittings, design and build props for shows, load and unload instruments, wash uniforms, decorate busses and the band room, offer words of encouragement to our kids when they need them – the list goes on and on. But despite the many tasks we do, there is nothing more rewarding than being a Lawrence North Band Booster. Please get involved! Click here to view our slide show concerning parent participation.
Copyright Policy Regarding Video Recordings and Photos
Understandably, we are all very proud of our marching band! While it is tempting to post a video of our amazing group on YouTube or Facebook to share with family and friends, please DO NOT post any portion of our Marching Pride shows on the Internet. This includes not only competitive performances but also practice and half time performances at football games. There are strict federal copyright and sync laws that are in play, as well as stiff legal and financial penalties for posting marching band shows to the public on social media. The directors GREATLY appreciate your cooperation in this regard!!!