Metallica Marching Band Competition Winners Announced

Metallica Marching Band Competition Winners Announced

Winners in Five Categories Chosen by Metallica and Two Fan Favorites Chosen by Popular Vote to Receive Nearly $200,000 in Prizes

Presented by Metallica, Tama, Sweetwater, KHS America, Zildjian, D’Addario Woodwinds, Evans Drumheads, ProMark, Gator, Conn Selmer, and Hal Leonard

The members of Metallica have selected the five winners of the first annual Metallica Marching Band Competition. The winners were chosen from an overwhelming flood of submissions that saw 450+ colleges and high schools across the U.S. signing up since the contest’s April 10, 2023 announcement. The field was narrowed down to five finalists in each category by professional judges, furnished by premiere marching band instrument manufacturers Conn Selmer, with first prize in each category ultimately awarded by Metallica:

College (Division 1) – $75,000 in prizing:

Auburn University

College (Divisions 2 & 3) – $40,000 in prizing:

Eastern New Mexico University

High School (Large) – $15,000 in prizing:

Dobyns-Bennett High School (Kingsport, TN)

High School (Medium) – $15,000 each in prizing: 

TIE – Boerne High School (Boerne, TX) & Malverne High School (Malverne, NY)

High School (Small) – $15,000 in prizing: 

Oakton High School (Vienna, VA)

Additionally, two Fan Favorite winners—one Collegiate (across all divisions) and one High School—have been determined by popular vote and will receive $10,000 each in prizing.

Fan Favorite (College): Auburn University
Fan Favorite (High School): Dobyns-Bennett High School (Kingsport, TN)

The victors in each category will receive instruments and equipment for their programs at the values listed above, provided by Metallica and sponsors including TAMA, KHS America, Zildjian, D’Addario Woodwinds, Evans Drumheads, ProMark, and Gator, in partnership with Sweetwater, Conn Selmer, and Hal Leonard.

The Metallica Marching Band Competition promises to be a yearly national challenge to marching bands of all levels to craft their most exciting, unique, and impressive performances of the band’s songs. For further information, please go to