Six Bands Compete for the Grand Master's Trophy Today at the Band Championship

Band Championship Takes Place on Friday

Monday, December 26, 2011
Contact: Harrison Raboy


Scottsdale, Ariz. – Six schools from California and Arizona journey to Glendale, Arizona to compete in the 34rd Annual Fiesta Bowl Band Championship today, December 30, 2011. 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’s Trophy.

This year’s competition features multiple schools that have been successful here in the past. The Chino High School 77th Calvary, from Chino, California is making its third appearance in the Band Championship, winning the Grand Master’s Trophy in both 2003 and 2007. Toro Marching Band, from Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona finished second in the 2009 competition and Riverside King High School, from Riverside, California finished second in 2007.

The preliminaries commence at 9 a.m. with the finals beginning at 1 p.m. Each band presents 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. After the finals, the marching bands of Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Stanford Universities, who followed their football teams to the Valley of the Sun for the Fiesta and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, cap off the evening with a special performance. The University bands perform at 3:00.

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



About the Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl is a non-profit organization founded by Arizona community leaders in 1971. Through the creation of the Festival of College Football, including more than 40 statewide events, the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the organization continues to promote volunteerism, athletic achievement and higher education. Its mission is to remain a source of pride for all Arizonans by contributing strongly to the state’s economic development, tourism and community causes. For more information about the Fiesta Bowl, please visit