Battle of the Bands

Jackson State University
High School Battle of the Bands

The Jackson State University “Sonic Boom of the South” will be hosting its High School Battle of the Bands on September 25, 2022, at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium! This will be THEE premier event for selected eight high school bands. We are now accepting applications to be considered for participation; applications should be submitted by June 30, 2022. Please see below for more information.


General Information

September 25, 2022
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson MS
Application Deadline:
June 30, 2022
(See below for details)
Band Classification:
(Bands will perform from smallest to largest class)
-Small (1-50)- 2 will be selected
-Medium (51-80)- 3 will be selected
-Large (81+)- 3 will be selected
Band Incentives:
Bands can either be judged by highly decorated/respected adjudicators or receive general comments. Those that choose to be judged can win a 1st place trophy for each category (small, medium, large group)
-Each participating band will receive $1,000 to utilize towards their programs
-Each band will receive a meal after the event
-Each Director will get a welcome package from the JSU Band Program upon arrival
-Each band will have an opportunity to play in the stands before or after their field show performance
-Students will get an opportunity to perform in front of a capacity crowd and witness a performance by the Sonic Boom in JSU’s home stadium
-Program will receive marketing and publicity on all JSU Bands social media platforms

Logistics and Criteria

-We are accepting applications from bands all over the country. Submissions are due by June 30, 2022  (midnight)
-The selection process will be judged by the JSU Band Staff fairly
-Programs much display a level of excellence- we do understand that may be subjective for certain groups and will be taken under consideration during the selection process
-It is preferred that Band Directors be certain that their band can retrieve proper administrative/district approval and financial support to travel prior to submitting an application
-Directors will be notified if their band is selected by July 15, 2022 along with detailed information about the event
-Participating bands will be responsible for their travel, lodging and meals (JSU Bands will not be responsible for those expenses)
-Hotels with discounted rates will be identified for visiting bands should they choose to lodge during their stay
-Rehearsal space(s) will be provided for those that may need it (prior to the event)


Peabody High School Band

Laurel High School Band

Whitehaven High School Band

Central High School Band

Stand Battle

Stand Battle


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