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Special Edition: Games and Contests

There are two event categories in Marching Band: Football Games and Contests. Both are long days (especially for students), but SO FUN. In the following sections you will find basics on what your student should pack for these events, who feeds them (it might be you), and a general overview of what to expect. Mr. Thornbury's emails are ALWAYS the final say in scheduling, so continue to check you inbox for student schedules and the band website for specific contest spectator information as it becomes available.

Contest 101: Ever wonder what the difference is between ISSMA and BOA? What does a marching contest look like? What is the difference between regionals and semi-state? These questions and many more will be answered at our Contest 101 on Sept. 7th in the Jr./Sr. Cafe. Bring a dessert to share!

The quick info and upcoming dates are still listed below. It's a busy week with Ireland Meeting on Wednesday, Spirit Wear/Raffle/Senior Banner Hanging on Thursday, and an away football game on Friday!

Marching Band Quick Info

  • Schedule change from original calendar. October 2nd/3rd/4th. Check your email and/or marching website for more details on how this change impacts your student's section.

  • Black & Gold Ads Sales are now live! Raise money by selling Black & Gold Ads for our 2023 Program! 50% of money your student raises will go toward their student fundraising! This is also a great way to show support for your section! The Black & Gold Ad Sales Form can be found on our marching band page. Instructions on payment and ad submission can be found on the form. Questions, please email: Amanda Sheets or Emily Alexander at:

  • Spirit Wear: Pick up your spirit wear in the North parking lot Thursday from 8-9pm. Your student will also have a show shirt to pick up (compliments of the boosters). Any spirit wear not picked up will be available from the directors.

  • Senior Parents: Banner hanging will take place on Thursday at 7pm! Meet at the stadium (south end)

  • 50/50 Raffle is OVER $12,000!!!! Get more details here.

  • Fees - $600 invoices sent out! See update/info below from our treasurer.

  • Volunteer - August rehearsal dates are now available! Check out our Volunteer page with Sign Up Genius Links AND HELP WANTED section! Be sure to check back often to discover how you can meet the volunteer hour requirement. More info here.


Upcoming Dates

  • August 16th - Ireland Meeting at 7pm. in cafeteria.

  • August 17th - Spirit Store orders pick-up/Raffle ticket sales/Senior Banner hanging

  • August 18th - Football Game @ Lucas Oil Stadium. Ticket link here (code NOBLES for $10 pricing).

  • August 19th - First Annual Marching Miller Car Wash / fundraiser. Student and parent sign-ups now available on the website. Optional FundRaiser proceeds of the day split among students working.

  • August 26th - Camp Day 8am-5pm

  • September 7th - Contest 101 @6:30 Jr./Sr. Cafe

  • September 23rd - NHS Black and Gold Marching Invitational (Each family is required to volunteer for 3 hours on this date)

  • October 6th - Senior Night at Football game



Football Games

The Marching Millers perform at all home football games (and at Lucas Oil this year). Students do not go home before the game, so they will need to pack everything and bring it all to school on the day of the game.

Students are fed by the boosters on game days. Vegetarian options are always available. Your student is always welcome to bring their own meal and snacks as well. Friday's menu: Marco’s pizza, Fruit, Salad, Desserts. Please be sure your student brings their water jug! Please reach out to by Tuesday, August 15th to let me know what the allergy is, and I am happy to make that accommodation.

Interested in volunteering at the pregame meals? We would love to have your help! Watch sign up genius for those opportunities!

Coming to the game? Here are some need to knows:

  • The band troops in from the band room before the football game begins (from the East).

  • The band sits in the stadium South of the student section.

  • Band plays throughout the game and at halftime.

  • Parents tailgate (oftentimes with an AMAZING food truck) in tailgate town!

Lucas Oil Information

  • There will be a clear bag policy (or small bags only) at Lucas Oil for Friday's football game.

  • The halftime show will feature the opener of "The White Crow"! DO NOT VIDEO/SHARE THE HALFTIME PERFORMANCE!

  • Students will not be allowed to buy concessions during the game, but will be "snacked" on the bus ride home!

  • Lucas Oil is a cashless venue for any parents attending.


Contests 2023

Our website has been updated with contest location information! We will be traveling to Brownsburg on Sept 9th and Fishers on Sept 30th. BOA, Regionals, and Semi-state/State (if we qualify) can also be found on the website.

For any contest, students should plan for a full day of rehearsal/competition. Typically students arrive at school for a pre-contest rehearsal, eat lunch (from home or sectional parent), get dressed and travel to the contest site. They are long days, but full of energy and excitement! Parents, for planning purposes, we typically perform in the evening and a full contest schedule will be released approximately 2 weeks prior. As soon as we have specific information regarding performance time, full contest schedule, parking details and ticket info we will post on the website, Band app and Facebook.


Packing Reminders for games/competitions (band/percussion only)

Students are responsible to bring the following (we may not have extras):

  • Black shorts

  • Black compression shirt

  • Black crew/knee socks (no skin showing)

  • Compression sleeves

  • Gloves

  • Marching shoes

  • Hair accessories as needed (see below)

  • Water jug

Hair Info: Hair must be smooth, off the collar, and able to fit into the shako (hat). It is a good idea to keep gel, hairspray, bobby pins and hairbands in a bag that comes to every competition/game.

The Marching Millers also have a student uniform crew that can help with any uniform questions. Gloves/socks/compression shirts can usually be purchased from Dawn Bailey the day of, if your student forgets theirs.

Questions? Contact Dawn Bailey


50/50 Raffle Information

Boosters, we are at $12,300 and climbing for the 50/50 Raffle Pot! Please, check out tickets to sell, or point people to the website:

We can also use your support! Go to band website and check out the Sign Up Genius to get your volunteer hours at one of our upcoming booths.

Remember, half of the money we raise goes to our awesome band and guard programs.



Reminder that working with students (volunteering, feeding sections during meals, etc….) requires you to have a level 3 background check on file with Noblesville Schools. Link to apply can be found at the top of our volunteer page. The boosters are providing bright yellow lanyards (pictured) for those who have an approved background check on file! You must wear this lanyard anytime you are volunteering or working with students! Thank you so much to those of you who picked up your lanyards at our parent social! For those who did not, and have an approved background check… your lanyard can be found in the uniform closet (inside gate 30). If you were recently approved, please forward your approval email to and we will make you a lanyard! We do not get notifications about new approvals. Approval email will come from:

Volunteer Information - Sign Up Genius

If you are looking at Sign Up Genius on the mobile version, please make sure you click the "View Full Description" to read ALL of the details! Where to go, who to contact if you have a question, what is required, etc.... Lots of questions can be answered by reading this FULL description.


Thank you for reading until the end! Let me know if there is any information you would like included in upcoming newsletters.


Kristen Durst

Secretary, Noblesville Band Boosters

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