The polls are out and the 2011 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) marching season is officially here.
The Clay City Imperial Regiment will kick things off this weekend as they take part in the Franklin Central High School Invitational.
Class D action will begin at 6 p.m., with the Imperial Regiment, followed by Morristown at 6:13 p.m.
Other bands involved in the invitational include Class C participants Danville, Indian Creek, Scottsburg, North Putnam and Tri-West; Class B participants Greenfield-Central, Whiteland and Greenwood; and Class A participants Center Grove and Franklin Central.
Bloomington South will also compete in exhibition format, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Awards will be presented to all classes.
Staff writers with Indianamarching.com recently announced their preseason polls for all four classes and both Northview and Clay City received votes.
In Class D, the Imperial Regiment received three votes in the first poll of the season, good enough to rank 17th overall.
Springs Valley captured the most votes with 117, followed by Lewis Cass (111), Forest Park (108), Paoli (94), Mater Dei (83), North Posey (77), Eastern Greentown (72), Orleans (67), Woodlan (56) and Bluffton (52).
The Marching Knights compete in Class B and tallied 99 votes in the preseason poll, good enough to tie for third with Concord.
Greenwood had the most votes with 118, followed by Jasper (106), Concord and Northview, Goshen (98), Northridge (73), Floyd Central (70), DeKalb (68), North Side (51) and Bloomington North (46).
The Marching Knights begin the season Saturday, Sept. 17, when they compete in the Red Pride Marching Invitational in Plainfield.
The Knights will take the field at 7:20 p.m., and will be the final Class B band in competition. Other Class B participants include Greenfield-Central, New Palestine, Bloomington South, Zionsville and New Castle Chrysler.
Clay City will also compete at the invitational and will kick things off with a 4:05 p.m. performance. The Imperial Regiment is the only Class D band scheduled to perform at Plainfield.