KMEA Marching Band Information

Date of 2016 Quarterfinals: October 22, 2016
Date of 2016 Semifinals and Finals: October 29, 2016

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 22, 2016. The top eight bands from each Regional Quarterfinals site will advance to State Semifinals on October 29, 2016. 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 Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on the University of Louisville 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 Schedule:
Class A Semi-finals—Butler Traditional High School
  Schedule - not yet available
  Site Map
  Audience Directions to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Class AA Semi-finals—Christian Academy of Louisville
  Schedule - not yet available
  Site Map
  Audience Directions to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Class AAA Semi-finals—Eastern High School
  Schedule - not yet available
  Site Map
  Audience Directions to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Class AAAA Semi-finals—South Oldham High School
  Schedule - not yet available
  Site Map
  Audience Directions to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Class AAAAA Semi-finals and Finals—Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  Schedule - not yet available
  Site Map
  Stadium Map
  Finals Schedule shell - not yet available

Ticket Sales:

Regional Quarterfinals tickets: $12.00, 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, 2016. Ticket orders received on or before October 21 will be mailed. No advance sale of semifinal tickets after October 21.Finals ticket orders received on October 24–October 28 will be available at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will-call window in the ticket booth.

  • 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 $12.00
  • All Finals tickets are Reserved Seating
  • Reserved Seats are $15.00 or $25.00.
  • 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 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium only (see below)
  • Gates open one hour prior to the first band's performance.
  • Ticket Order Form (typed-in)
  • Ticket Order (PDF)

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Seating Diagram - not yet available

Ticket Availability Chart - not yet available

Handicap Seating (available upon request)

$15 — Finals Reserved (Sections 128–133, 228–233)
$25 — Finals Premium (Section 303–314)
Other sections — non-finalist bands and
finalist bands that want to watch other classes.

Finals tickets will be for sale at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium starting at 10:00 am Saturday, October 29.

  • 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.


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.
The Louisville Convention and Visitors 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.