BOA Indianapolis Trip Details-Updated 11/3/17
Music Travel Consultants is working the Lakota West Marching Firebirds for our November 10-12, 2017 Bands of America performance trip. MTC is the Official Student Travel Partner for Bands of American Music For All.
- Parent meeting was Thursday 11/2 at 7pm at MAIN CAMPUS THEATER (moved from Freshman building). Travel booklets were provided for each student. Mr Carr has booklets that were not picked up.
- We will be doing a send-off at 8:30pm at the rehearsal at main campus on 11/8, to show our support and see the last run before Prelims on Friday in Indy! Please join us!!
- Medication drop-off was 11/2. If you were unable to drop off the medicine you MUST drop it off at West no later than 11/7 with the nurse, Robin Robinson directly. Do not leave it at the main office. Call Robin at 874-5699 to arrange a time to meet her or email email@example.com .
- Final payments are now past due. Final payments MUST be made online as soon as possible.
- If you have not yet signed up for the REMIND text group, there is still time. Text the message LWMARCHBND to 81010.
- Website is www.musictravel.com 
- Click here for trip costs summary 
- At the parent meeting it was agreed upon to send the students with appx $25 in cash. More if you wish to purchase souvenirs, which are also available to purchase online before or after competition. Link to online store.  Link to purchase BOA patch .
Bus and Room Assignments
- Room and bus assignments can be found in the student and chaperone individual travel booklets. Busses 1, 2 and 3 are staying at the Wyndam; busses 4 and 5 are at the Crown.
- Packing Guidelines posted 11/8, 3:30pm 
- Casual for all non-performance time. There is a Celebration Dinner on Friday eve, but is casual.
- Packlist guidelines will be posted on the page Tuesday or the latest Wednesday.
- Itinerary Updated 11/2/17 
- Individual tour booklets are available for each student and includes luggage tags. If you did NOT pick it up on 11/2. Mr Carr has the remaining booklets.
- Medication drop-off was Thursday 11/2 from 6-7pm in the jazz room at main campus.
- Medication letter with links to forms 
- If you were unable to drop off the medicine you MUST drop it off at West no later than 11/7 with the nurse, Robin Robinson directly. Do not leave it at the main office. Call Robin at 874-5699 to arrange a time to meet her, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Meals and Food Allergies
- All meals are included, a cash meal allotment will be provided to the students when a meal needs to be purchased by them.
- You are welcome to share any concerns that will allow us to best plan. Use Trip #1711-4-72 and “Lakota West High School”. Click on this link for more information and to share your Special Needs: https://www.musictravel.com/special-needs/terie/ 
Tickets if travelling separately
- Prelims and Semis are open seating, however Finals are assigned seats, so you may want to purchase those in advance.
- Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the gate – Tickets to BOA Indy 
Bands of America Website
- See website here with a ton of information! 
- Spectator Guide 
- Note there are strict rules about what you can take into the stadium. Please review this in advance.
Pictures and Video – this is important – please read
Video and audio recording is prohibited.
- You will have the opportunity to purchase a DVD of the performance during the event at booths on the concourse.
- Any still camera may be used. Family, friends, and fans may take still photos of BOA events for personal use only. The images may not be sold or otherwise distributed, without the written permission of Music for All. Any still camera (making film or digital still pictures) is allowed and may be used from the spectator seating area of any venue. Tripods or other similar equipment that may obstruct the view or path of travel of others in seating areas are also not allowed.
NO PHOTOS from FIELD LEVEL or BAND IS DISQUALIFIED.
For live streaming – go to FloMarching site for more information 
For professional photos – There will be a photographer on site taking pictures of the band. You may purchase while onsite or online at www.bandgroupphotography.com .
- Here is a great article about the experience our students and staff will have at our first Grand Nationals! See link here for article 
Grand National Performances – how it all works
For scoring purposes, bands are classified by school enrollment, grades 10-12 only, in Classes A (smallest) through AAAA (largest). Lakota West is in Class AAAA.
- Preliminaries: Half of the participating bands perform in one of the two separate preliminary contests held on Thursday and Friday. Each preliminary contest is balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. Lakota West is performning Friday.
After the preliminary performance, the band will have a group photo and individual photos taken. You will receive information on how to purchase these photos.
- Semifinals: Approximately thirty-five bands will advance to semifinals – the top 11 scoring bands from each day of the two prelims, regardless of class (22 bands) – plus – the next 8 highest scoring bands from the preliminary round (both days combined), regardless of class – plus – the 2 highest scoring bands from each class from each day of prelims, should they not already be among the first 30 bands selected on the basis of either criteria above. Bands advancing to semifinals and their performance times will be announced late Friday evening (usually around 10:00 pm). Semifinal performances will begin on Saturday morning around 8:00 am or earlier.
Semifinals awards are given in each class for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect.
- Finals: The top 12 scoring bands from semifinals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s finals. Bands selected for finals will be announced around 5:00 pm Saturday at the Stadium and on the BOA Twitter feed . Class Champions (from semifinals) who are not selected for finals competition will perform in exhibition before the 12 bands selected for finals. Performance times will be determined during a meeting of the directors of the bands involved in the finals which is held immediately after the selections are announced. The preliminary program begins at 7:00 pm and the band performances begin at 8:00 pm. The awards program begins around 11:30 pm and may last until midnight or later.
Finals awards are given for each place (1st through 12th), Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect.