Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day Presented by Music Travel Consultants Announces Top Ten; Anderson High School Wins Top Honor

(INDIANAPOLIS) – After countless hours spent practicing and rehearsing for today’s competition, 40 Indiana high school bands have fought long and hard for a spot in tonight’s Sweet 16 Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day Presented by Music Travel Consultants. Tonight at 8 p.m. the Sweet 16 will battle it out again for the prestigious first-place trophy and the honor of being named “Indiana’s Best Band.”

According to Douglas Fletcher, Indiana State Fair band day coordinator, “Band Day is going very well. The bands have some very creative show concepts. The level of performance from the students is amazing.”

2019 “Sweet 16” Bands:

PositionSchoolPerformance Time
3West Lafayette8:18
4Alexandria Monroe8:27
6Montgomery County8:45
7Monroe Central8:54
8Decatur County9:03
12Jay County9:59
16Muncie Central10:35

Evening Session/Finals: Hoosier Lottery Grandstand Seats: Adults $10; Youth (Ages 6-12) $4; Indiana State Fair Gate Admission $13

8 p.m. Finals begin

10:30 p.m. Contest ends (approx.)

10:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony (approx.)

The Band Day competition has eight judges who rank performances and send the “Sweet 16” to the finals. This year is the competition’s fifth year partnering with Music for All, an arts and advocacy organization.


The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage.

These 17 days celebrate Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across Indiana, and beyond. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premier facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual attraction for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.

The 2019 Indiana State Fair will be held August 2-18. To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, this year’s Indiana State Fair theme is HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND presented by Indiana Donor Network. Throughout the 17-day event, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. Additionally, each day during the fair, Marvel Character and DC Comics Superheroes will be highlighted.