CROWN POINT | Crown Point High School will be one of the host schools Saturday when the 43rd annual Indiana State School Music Association's  Marching Band season steps off with 170 high school bands participating in the Festival, Scholastic, or Open Class.

The Festival Class is a non-competitive classification which places a greater emphasis on the musical aspects of the performance. The Scholastic Class was created in 2013 and takes into consideration band size as well as school enrollment. The Open Class is for those bands desiring to perform at the State Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium through qualification through a regional and semi-state event.

Scholastic Class and Open Class Bands receive an educational assessment in the performance and effectiveness of the music and visual aspects of their performance. All bands, regardless of classification, receive gold, silver, bronze, or participation rating based upon their level of achievement.

Festival class events will be held Saturday at Southport High School and Crown Point High School. The line up of bands at Crown Point, where performances are scheduled every 13 minutes, includes:

Bishop Noll Institute - 11:30 a.m.

Washington - 11:43 a.m.

Calumet - 11:56 a.m.

Highland - 12:09 p.m.

Hanover Central - 12:22 p.m.


Hobart - 12:48 p.m.

Triton Jr.-Sr. - 1:01 p.m.

South Bend Clay - 1:14 p.m.

Merrillville - 1:27 p.m.

Mishawaka - 1:40 p.m.


Michigan City - 2:06 p.m.

South Bend James Riley - 2:19 p.m.

Crown Point - 2:32 p.m.

Kankakee Valley - 2:45 p.m.

Award Presentation - 2:58 p.m.

The Scholastic Class Prelims followed by the Open Class Invitational will be held Oct. 10 at Homestead H.S. in Ft. Wayne, Plainfield H.S., and Jasper H.S. Open Class Regionals will be held Oct. 17 at Chesterton H.S., Lafayette Jefferson H.S., Center Grove H.S. in Greenwood and Evansville Central H.S.

Composite schedules for each Festival, Scholastic Prelims, Open Invitational and Open Regional site are available at www.issma.net