The Indiana State School Music Association's nineteenth Annual State Concert Finals for high school concert bands, orchestras, and choirs will he held Saturday. These organizations qualified for State Finals, participating in district festivals during the month of April.
Many groups, 349 bands, 337 choirs, and 74 orchestras, entered a district festival at the high school level. Only the top scoring 16 bands, 16 choirs, and 8 orchestras are accepted for State Finals.
The concert bands will perform at the Lawrence Central High School auditorium (Indianapolis) beginning at 8:45 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. The eight orchestras will perform at Pike High School auditorium (Indianapolis) beginning at 8:45 a.m. and concluding at 1:30 p.m. The concert choirs will begin performance at Pike at 2 p.m. and finish at 7:00 p.m. Award ceremonies for each category will be held, with the students attending, following each segment.
The public is invited to attend. Admission is $5.
Three nationally recognized adjudicators will adjudicate each organization.
The state champion band, orchestra, and choir will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for one of its students, courtesy of the Indiana Dairy Farmers, corporate sponsor of all ISSMA events.
Sue Brames, general manager for Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, said, "Our sponsorship of ISSMA events is very appropriate. Today's teens are in a calcium crisis. They need to drink more milk more often during their peak bone building years."