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Semi State

I remember it very vividly, like it was yesterday. The moment "Noblesville" was called as an ISSMA Open Class A 2021 State finalist. The first time in history. I screamed, I cried, I think I blacked out for a few minutes 😂. There is always a little shock factor in the "first ever" achievement. But what I also remember, was what Mr. Thornbury told the band after the announcement.

As we gathered around, the fresh "happy tears" still on our faces, he reminded the kids to look around the parking lot.... many VERY hard working and deserving bands did NOT have their name called that night..

Bands that work just as hard as you do, maybe even harder.

Bands that missed it by the slightest margin.

Bands who's season just ended.

Seniors who just performed for the last time.

Be mindful in how you carry yourself and be a gracious winner in your celebrations.

I feel like this was worth revisiting as this weekend we could find ourselves on either side of this semi-state "bubble". Bands will likely make or miss state by less than a point. Competition in OPEN Class A is beyond fierce. If our name is not called, it isn't because we are not an outstanding band and won't take away the amazing season and journey we've shared! We have an incredible program and making state or not will not take that away. Our goal is always to put our best performance on the field and know that we are better because of the journey.

Now that all of that has been said... "Competitive Amanda 😈" BELIEVES!

I do BELIEVE our name will be called! I do BELIEVE we will be back to back ISSMA OPEN Class A State Finalists... for the first time in program history. I BELIEVE it's going to happen! How bad do our kids want it and how hard are they willing to work this week?!

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Let's GO Millers!!!

A Throwback to inspire you.... "Announcing the 2021 ISSMA OPEN Class A State Finalists!"


Schedule Change:

Due to football sectionals!

Friday October 28th (Friday before semi-state) will be a 4-6:30pm rehearsal.

We need 100% attendance!


ISSMA Semi State

Saturday October 29th

Ben Davis HS

Performance Time: 4:30pm

*Top 10 Bands advance to State Finals

Volunteer: Sign up to chaperone, help with breakfast or hair (Ewww not at the same time)

Breakfast of Champions at NHS: Provided by the boosters! 7:30 - 8:30am in the band room!

Breakfast Menu:


Eggs - scrambled and egg casseroles

Bacon and sausage

Fresh fruit

Orange juice and apple juice

Lunch: Students should pack a lunch/snacks to eat before loading busses.. As always, Jen Melton (queen of food), will have snacks packed for students. Also bring concessions money for dinner! We have not been given details about concessions (which typically means cash/credit).

Tickets: Online Ticket Sales. We highly recommend purchasing tickets online presale to cut down on lines. We will have credit card sales and only one cash box available on site.

Directions/Parking: All spectators will enter campus off of 10th street. Spectators should exit I-465 from Exit 14, 10th Street.

Bag Policy: Ben Davis HS has adopted a new bag policy for events. No duffle bags, sports bags, large purses, backpacks, coolers, drawstring bags, large diaper bags. Small purses/wallets no larger than 8”x11” will be allowed. Clear plastic/vinyl bags that are no larger than 12”x12” are allowed.

Send off & Welcome home: Grab your signs, pompoms and cheers to send off

AND welcome back our Marching Millers to/from Semi State on Saturday!!

Send off: Meet in North Lot at 12:45 pm, line the back drive

Welcome Back (no matter the outcome, we will be there to show our love and support!...I BELIEVE!!): Gates 28/29/30 approximately 8:45 pm - Watch the Band

App for updates on the arrival time.

Enjoy a few videos from our 2021 Send Off and Welcome Home!


Community Night!

Celebrate our amazing season and hard working kids! Food trucks in the Community Center parking lot starting at 5:30pm. The Community Center will open at 6pm for indoor seating. The stadium gates will open at 7pm for an evening of fun!.

Parent Run Through - Get ready parents! Each student will teach 1 parent a small (like very small) portion of the show. Parents will then perform "A Million Dreams - Parent Style". This was a HUGE hit last year... giggles and smiles from everyone! It gave me a new appreciation of the difficulty of marching band!

You can find the flyer below on our Noblesville High School Bands Facebook page! Please share away!


ISSMA State Finals

*IF qualified look for more info to come out Sunday/Monday 🤞🏻

Saturday November 5th

Lucas Oil Stadium


I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this weekend! As much as I want to hear their name called on Saturday (Competitive Amanda 😈), it won't change the fact that these last 4 years have been some of my very favorite memories.

Amanda Sheets

Noblesville Band Boosters

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