The 2022 high school marching band season is approaching another dramatic conclusion. The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) regional competitions were held on Saturday, October 15, and a bunch of Southern Indiana bands advanced to the Semi-State competition which is coming up on Saturday, October 29. The next stop for the bands that advance there will be the state finals, held on Saturday, November 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Several bands from southern Indiana are still competing, hoping to bring home a state championship for their school, and we wish them all the luck in the world.

The amount of votes that have come in so far (it is now over 90,000) just confirms what I already knew - that marching band fans are passionate, loyal, and just a little bit crazy. Haha!

Here is a look at the top 10 marching bands, according to your votes (as of October 10).

North clearly has a pretty large lead over the rest of the field - nothing has changed there. There has been a change between the 2nd and 3rd place bands. As of right now, Princeton has overtaken Reitz for the 2nd place spot.

The poll will remain open through October 28, and you can vote as often as you want, so I wouldn't count anybody out at this point. Anything can happen when a group of passionate supporters put its mind to something. Keep scrolling to find the poll and to cast your vote(s)

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I am a former band parent, and I have been lucky enough to be the man on the mic for several band competitions in the past, and I have seen firsthand how passionate marching band fans can be. Matter of fact, some fans have flown right past passionate and are just plain crazy (in the best way possible). They're so passionate and supportive because they know how much time and energy, how much blood, sweat, and tears (literally) go into the programs that are put on the field each week. It is no small feat and it is most definitely worthy of all our support.

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*These choices are in no particular order - I promise it's completely random. We will announce the winner on Friday, October 28th.

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