Ben Davis High School Band History
Celebrates over 75 years of a Tradition of Excellence.
Has won the Indiana State Field Show Championship nine times: 1976, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993.
Has won the Indiana State Fair Marching Contest five times.
Has won 14 Indiana State Marching Championships.
Class A State Championships from 1984-1988 and winning again in 1993.
Has performed for six U.S. Presidents - Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan.
Represented the State of Indiana for the 1960 and 1984 Presidential Inaugurations.
Was a Bands of America Grand National Championship Finalist in 2004 and 2008.
Bands of America Louisville Regional Class 4A Champion 2012
Has performed in the following major activities:
Tournament of Roses Parade - Pasadena, CA 1963, 1972, 1979, 1985, 1991, 2006, 2012
10th Pan American Games - Performed for the World Wide Telecast: 1987
Festival of States - St. Petersburg, Florida: 1976
Fiesta Bowl Parade - Phoenix, Arizona and Disneyland Parade - Anaheim, California: 1993, 1996
Florida Magic Kingdom Parade Tour - Miami/Orlando, Florida: 2002
Hawaiian Classic - 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014
King Kamehameha Parade - Honolulu, Hawaii: 1975, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1995
King Orange Parade - Miami, FL: 1970, 1973
Indiana Percussion Association State Champions - Winter Percussion: 2002, 2006
Indianapolis Colts— including 1st Home NFL Playoff Game (1999)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - New York City: 1977
Marching Bands of America Grand National Championship - Open Division Champion: 1983
Sugar Bowl Parade - New Orleans, Louisiana: 1971
World Music Festival - Kerkrade, Netherlands: 1970, 1974
Participants in the Indianapolis Super Bowl Pre-Game Ceremony 2012
Has had numerous performances in the “500” Festival Parade and the opening ceremonies for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a Ben Davis Band Tradition.
Was the Al Castronovo "Mental Attitude" Esprit De Corps Winner at the 2000 Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championship
Ben Davis Winter Color Guard is the 2014 Indiana High School Color Guard Association Open Class Champion