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Bands of America (BOA), a division of Music for All, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that promotes high school music education in the United States. Specifically, BOA organizes many marching band competitions for high school students, including regional and national events. Its largest event is the Grand National Championships, an annual competition currently held in the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which attracts nearly 100 high school marching bands from around the country. No performance qualifications are required to compete.

In addition to marching band events, BOA also organizes concert band festivals and symposia, musical and leadership clinics, as well as the Honor Band of America and the newly formed Jazz Band of America. One of the largest events of the year is the annual Summer Symposium, which offers a week of instruction from some of the most renowned musicians in the world. High school students from across the nation come together on the campus of Illinois State University. The week includes camps for concert band, jazz band, percussion, marching band, colorguard, and the famous George N. Parks Drum Major Academy.

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A band practicing for their 2007 performance in the HHH Metrodome

The Youth in Music championships are a marching band competition held annually at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late October. Participating are the top-ranked high school marching bands from Minnesota, as well as participants from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska. Due to the timing of the event, at the end of the field show season, it is considered to determine the Minnesota State Champion band. The program was begun in 2005 by Eden Prairie's Brent Turner, a former Corps Director of the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps.

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