Bands March Into Town Bringing More Than Music


Lauren Sujkowski

Scottsdale, Ariz. – In two weeks, thousands of fans will flood the Valley of the Sun to celebrate the Festival of College Football. Visitors will have more to enjoy than just football.

Nine high school marching bands from across the country will head to Glendale to compete in the 33rd Annual Fiesta Bowl Band Championship. One of the most prestigious high school marching band competitions in the country, the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship will host more than 1,500 band members as they vie for the coveted Grand Master Trophy. 

Band directors, boosters, parents and fans will travel to the Valley to watch their favorite bands perform, bringing with them much-needed tourism dollars. The Band Championship, which is held in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, generates approximately $ 2.5 million each year. 

Featuring the nation’s most highly decorated bands, the Band Championship welcomes participants to present their best 10-minute field presentations in front of a panel of judges who critique them on musical performance, visual performance, auxiliary techniques, percussion, drum majors and overall effect.  The University of Connecticut and University of Oklahoma Marching Bands, who will appear in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, will cap off the evening.

The Fiesta Bowl Band Championship is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased online at or through the Fiesta Bowl ticket office, 480-350-0911. For more information about the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, please