KMEA Marching Band Information

Date of 2015 Quarterfinals: October 24, 2015
Date of 2015 Semifinals and Finals: October 31, 2015

State Marching Band Championship Manager:
Dr. John Stroube -- (859) 626-5635 --

Bands that attend two KMEA Sanctioned local contests are eligible to compete in the Regional Quarterfinals of the State Contest on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The top eight bands from each Regional Quarterfinals site will advance to State Semifinals on October 31, 2015. Semifinals are held at five separate sites during a time window of 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Four Finalist bands will be chosen from each classification. Finals begin at 6:00 pm at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium on the Western Kentucky University campus. Seating (see Seating below).

Group Photography:
There will not be a Group Photgrapher at Regional Quarterfinals
Finals Photos:

Band Photographers are permitted to take pictures during the Semi-finals competitions, but may not photograph the finals competition. The SMBC Finals Official photographer is Custom Photo. All proceeds of event photo sales are donated to the Jim and Carolyn Fern Music Education Scholarship.

Regional Quarterfinals Schedule

Semifinals and Finals Schedules and Diagrams:

Ticket Sales:

Regional Quarterfinals tickets: $10.00, available onsite, only.
Semi-Finals/Finals tickets Pre-sales closed, available onsite, only (cash only).

Semifinals and Finals tickets are available for purchase in advance or on-site the day of the event. Sales begin September 1, 2015. Ticket orders received on or before October 23 will be mailed. Finals ticket orders received on October 26 or October 27 will be available at the Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium will-call window in the ticket booth. No advance sale of semifinal tickets after October 23.

  • Please call the KMEA office (859-626-5635) between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM EDT, Monday through Friday to order tickets, September 1 and October 27.
  • General admission tickets to Semifinals are $10.00
  • All Finals tickets are Reserved Seating
  • Reserved Seats are $12.00 or $17.00.
  • Children age six and under will be admitted free, but will not be given a ticket. For Finals (reserved seating) children who are admitted free will have to be held by adults.
  • Finals tickets, unless bought in advance, will be available at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium only (see below)
  • Gates open one hour prior to the first band's performance.
  • Ticket Order Form (typed-in)
  • Ticket Order (PDF)

Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium Seating Diagram

Ticket Availability Chart

Handicap Seating (top of Sections 128-133 only)

$12 — Regular Reserved (Sections 128-133, 328-329, 331-332)
$17 — Premium Reserved (Section 330) SOLD OUT
Other sections — non-finalist bands and
finalist bands that want to watch other classes.

Finals tickets will be for sale at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium starting at 10:00 am Saturday, October 31

  • Tickets at the site are available for cash only
An area at each Semifinals site is reserved for official band videographers to tape their respective bands. Neither videographers nor their equipment are allowed on the field level. Videographers are not admitted free, but may purchase a ticket or may use one of their band’s Chaperone Passes. NO VIDEO RECORDING IS ALLOWED AT THE FINALS EVENT. Box 5 Productions will produce a video of the Finals that will be offered for sale. (Highlights of the finals will appear on KET later in the year, but the full performances of all the Finals bands will be available ONLY on the for-sale DVDs.


This service is provided by the Band Boosters at the Semifinals host schools and is the one means through which we can reward them for the “extra mile” effort they are putting forth to host our State Contest. Please patronize the Concession stands. Contact Host director to arrange for group meals.
Performing Band Members are admitted free and will have their hand stamped for readmission purposes. One chaperone per 10 performers, Band Bus and Truck Drivers, and Band Directors receive passes or badges. Please note: All Band Staff must be listed on the Application Form in order to receive a badge for admission. No further passes will be available on the day of the event. Equipment handlers will be admitted to the performance area only and during your performance time only. In order to enter the audience area they will need to purchase tickets.
General admission tickets to Semifinals are $10.00. All Finals tickets are Reserved Seating. Reserved Seats are $12.00 or $17.00. Finals tickets, unless bought in advance, will be available at Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium only. Gates open one hour prior to the first band's performance. Click on the link for the Houchins Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium seating chart.
The Bowling Green Tourism Bureau has collected lodging information and rates from local hotels on a document found here.
Field markings:

Semifinals:Standard High School markings as per KMEA rules. (hashes 53’4”)
Finals: Collegiate (NCAA) markings (hashes 60’ from sidelines) with High School hash marks (53’4”) marked also.