Marching Band 2021 Travel



We are looking forward to returning to Marching Band Travel and competitions in 2021, but know we will adjust and modify plans based on safety, state, district and BOA guidelines and decisions. With that in mind, here is a brief overview of the current Marching Band travel plan for the 2021 season.  We look forward to helping all our students have a terrific experience both on and off the competitive marching field. During Marching Band our band and color guard students work as one cohesive team and our Band Aids and Chaperones work collaboratively to care and support all of our students.   

If you are interested in serving as a Chaperone or Band Aid, training is required and underway for this season.  The final training opportunity is in July.  You may find more information about both Band Aids and Chaperones on our website.

If you have any questions about travel or are interested in serving in a volunteer role, you may contact Mindy Patton at travel@masonbandboosters.com

BOA Indy
2019 BOA Championships

BOA Indianapolis Super Regional @ Lucas Oil Stadium

October 23, 2021

Bands of America Super Regional competitions are currently two day events.  Mason will have a marathon day in Indianapolis (Saturday) for this competition.  Students will be traveling, rehearsing and competing throughout the day Saturday.   We will share the itinerary once Mason’s preliminary performance time is finalized-but anticipate Mason’s first performance to fall between 10:30am-noon . This competition is composed of both a preliminary performance on Friday or in our case, Saturday morning and then pending the results, Mason will perform a second time in the evening in the Super Regional finals.  

Students will travel by charter buses to and from Mason and the competition venue and rehearsals.    The band may practice off site and meals will be provided throughout the day to sustain our musicians and guard members!    Students are required to bring their water jugs to keep hydrated and are always welcome to bring along their own snacks.

Families can anticipate a very early start to the day on Saturday, 10/23 and Mason will depart the Super Regional Regional after the finals Saturday  (usually around midnight) to return back to the high school in the early morning hours Sunday morning..    

Parents are able to check their students out at the conclusion of the event if they wish to stay near the performance venue overnight or to transport their child home. Families will need to complete a simple online transportation waiver that will be shared in advance of the competition.

We encourage family and friends to make the drive to the Indianapolis Super Regional to cheer on the band!  This is a ticketed event and tickets may be purchased on the Bands of America website or onsite.

2018 William Mason High School Performance

MSBA Lebanon, OH

September 25th, 2021

This Mid-States Band Association tournament is held at Lebanon High School in north of Mason.  Students will be rehearsing at Mason before heading to Lebanon. They will travel by yellow bus to and from Lebanon and weather and performance time will influence the time students return to Mason.   We will share the itinerary once Mason’s performance time is finalized. Mason will perform once in the Open Class of this tournament.

We encourage family and friends to make the short drive to support the Marching Band at this competition. 

MSBA Mason Invitational, Mason, OH

October 9th, 2021

MSBA Championships, Mason, OH

November 6th, 2021

lucas oil
Lucas Oil Stadium

BOA Grand Nationals
Indianapolis, IN

November 11-14th, 2021

This Bands of America competition is the grand finale of our marching band season!   Students will travel by charter bus round trip to and from Mason on Thursday to their preliminary performance at Lucas Oil Stadium in the late afternoon/evening performance block.   Our tentative performance time is 6:45pm Thursday.   Students, Directors and chaperones will return after the performance Thursday to Mason.   The band will gather to rehearse and return to Indianapolis on Friday morning, 11/12 and will stay two nights in Indianapolis. All meals will be provided on this trip. Students will be performing, rehearsing, watching other bands and celebrating a successful season throughout the weekend event. 

Mason Band Boosters manage on-the-ground operations for this trip.  Families are responsible for paying their student experience fee directly to Mason Band Boosters.   


This is a ticketed event and families and friends are encouraged to make plans in advance to see the band in action at Lucas Oil Stadium.    There are two days of preliminary competition and we know Mason will perform Thursday, 11/11/21. Pending scores, Mason hopes to perform a second time in the semi-finals on Saturday 11/13/21 during the day.   Based on the results of the semi-finals, bands have the opportunity to perform in the finals Saturday evening. Indianapolis is a busy place during Grand Nationals so families are encouraged to book hotels early if they plan to stay overnight.  Any hotel within walking distance of the Lucas Oil Stadium is very convenient.   There is parking around the stadium if you select a hotel outside of the downtown area.  The band is required to use the Bands of America Housing Bureau and will let families know when a hotel has been assigned to us.  Typically Grand Nationals finals run until midnight and our students will stay overnight Saturday night and return to Mason Sunday morning (11/14).  Parents who complete a transportation waiver in advance may check their students out after the finals performance at our staging venue near the stadium.

Home Football Game Primer

Key Things to know:

  1. Students rehearse right after school and do not have time to leave campus.  They should have their regular rehearsal gear and filled water bottle with them to keep hydrated throughout the evening on long Friday game nights. 
  2. Students should bring both rehearsal and performance clothes (either summer uniform or what they wear under their uniform) to school on Friday.  Directors will communicate in advance what uniform students will wear at the game.
  3. Students are not allowed to leave campus for dinner.  The Band Boosters provides dinner for students on Friday nights between rehearsal and game time (except Family Tailgate Night).  You may bring dinner to your student at 5:00 pm if you wish. Each week the dinner plan will be shared in the Sunday Band Notes. 
  4. The Band plays in front of the Atrium before they enter the stands.  If you want to see that, stay outside the football stadium at the entrance and then enter after they play the fight song,
  5. Parents not working to support the band at the game, have to purchase tickets to enter Atrium Stadium.  Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at the High School Athletic Office.
  6. Students will stay with the band through halftime performance and then have third quarter off to visit friends, family and the concession stand! The band will provide a water after half-time, but students need to bring money if they want anything at the concession stand.
  7. Students will return to Endzone for 4th quarter.
  8. Parents pick-up students at the High School after they have changed. Students will need time to put away all instruments and equipment and ensure their uniforms are properly put away.

Typical Friday Night Home Schedule - All Times are Approximate

3:15 - 5:00 pm


5:00 - 6:00 pm

Eat, Change into Uniform, Get Ready 

6:00 pm

Band Gathers in Bus Circle to form Block 

6:15 pm

Band Marches to Stadium

6:30 pm

Band Stops in front of the Atrium to Play

6:43 pm

Band PreGame Show

7:00 pm

Football Game Start-Band Sits in Endzone playing pep tunes

8:00 pm

Halftime Show

8:15 pm

Band has 3rd Quarter Off--Can visit family/friends

8:30 pm

Band Returns to Endzone for 4th Quarter

9:00 pm

Game ends. Post Game Show

9:30 -10:00 pm

Band Returns to High School, Changes, Dismissed