RCG participates in 3 basic types of Marching Band Contests throughout the season:

Invitationals – shows that local schools host and while they are adjudicated, there is no qualification process.

ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) – This is our State contest circuit, which means that in order to advance from weekend to weekend, you must qualify. At ISSMA Regionals, we have to score in the top 10 bands at our site to qualify for ISSMA Semi-State. At Semi-State, which is the top 20 bands in our class in the state, you have to score in the top 10 bands to advance to ISSMA State Finals.

BOA (Bands of America) – These are national competitions that are held at sites around the country. We are attending two BOA events this year – one in Oxford, Ohio on September 22nd and one here at Lucas Oil on October 19th and October 20th. BOA events are Prelims/Finals events, which means the possibility exists that if we advance to Finals, we would actually have TWO performances at these contests, one in the morning/afternoon, and then one again in the evening as a part of Finals. It is a HUGE deal that our RCG has started to compete in this national circuit!!!