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Cancelled for 2020

Centennial Bank Stadium
Arkansas State University


Out of concern for the health and safety for the students and directors of the more than 20 high school bands from across the Mid-South, and the thousands of people who travel to support them, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 A-State Open scheduled for October 24, 2020. We look forward to welcoming marching bands back to the A-State campus next year to perform in Centennial Bank Stadium for the 2021 A-State Open. 


A-State Open 2019 Recap Sheet

The A-State Open is a marching competition for high school bands where bands are classified by band size, not by high school enrollment.  Band size includes all musicians participating in the performance, including brass, woodwinds, drum line, and front ensemble. Bands may elect to enter a larger classification but not a smaller one.

Class A: 1-25 members
Class AA: 26-50 members
Class AAA: 51-74 members
Class AAAA: 75-105 members
Class AAAAA: 106 or more members

The 2021 non-refundable entry fee is $250.00. Registration will be open from August 1, 2021 until September 30, 2021. 

To register for the A-State Open, and to pay by credit card or electronic check, please click here. This method is strongly recommended. Once you follow the link, click on "A-State Open Registration" at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions. If you are unable to pay by credit card or electronic check, please email Dr. Labovitz at slabovitz@astate.edu. She will get back to you with instructions on registering with a paper check.

The A-State Open will have eight judges (3 music, 2 visual, 1 percussion, 1 color guard, and 1 drum major).  The judges for 2021 are:

Music 1: TBA

Music 2: TBA

Music 3: TBA

Visual 1: TBA

Visual 2: TBA

Percussion: TBA

Color Guard: TBA

Drum Major: TBA


Awards for the 2021 A-State Open are:

Trophy for each Band that Earns a Rating of Excellent
Trophy for each Band that Earns a Rating of Superior
Trophy for the Top Three Percussion Sections in each Class
Trophy for the Top Three Color Guards in each Class
Trophy for the Top Three Drum Majors in each Class
Trophy for the Outstanding Soloist for each Class
Trophy for the Top Three Bands in each Class
Trophy for the Most Entertaining Band in Class A/AA/AAA
Trophy for the Most Entertaining Band in Class AAAA/AAAAA
Trophy for the Top Three Overall Music Scores
Trophy for the Top Three Overall Marching Scores
Trophy for the Overall 10th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 9th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 8th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 7th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 6th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 5th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 4th Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 3rd Place Band
Trophy for the Overall 2nd Place Band
Trophy for the A-State Open Grand Champion


For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

For a contest schedule, click here.

To register for the A-State Open, click here