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We got some great marching bands in the area. My hometown school in Lemont, directed by a classmate of mine as a matter of fact, is one of them, for sure! I know for a fact our area marching bands can ROCK! 🤘🤘 That’s why this should be shared with everyone you know in hopes a local team can win!

Metallica is challenging high school and college-level marching bands to a competition using their music! Winners will receive instruments and equipment for their school’s program.


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Bands who enter will have access to the sheet music for 13 songs that Metallica has chosen . . . including “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Fade to Black”, and, of course, “Enter Sandman”.

There are five different categories: Collegiate Division 1 ($75,000), Collegiate Division 2 and 3 ($40,000), High School ($15,000), and fan-voting categories for both collegiate and high school ($10,000 each).

Submissions will be narrowed down to five finalists by professional judges, with Metallica themselves choosing the final prize winner. But fan favorite winners will be chosen by fan voting.

Bands must send in their video submissions by November 16th, and voting starts on the 17th.

Winners will be announced December 1st.

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