Marching Giants return to State Fair, marking 50th anniversary of big win

Publish Date: 07/09/2019

This year will be a historic season for the Marion High School Marching Giants, in more ways than one.

Not only is 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the 1969 State Fair Championship — a title that carries with it cherished memories and pride for alumni — but it is also the year the Marching Giants will return to State Fair Band Day for the first time in more than 15 years!

The 73rd annual Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day is Friday, Aug. 2, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis — on opening day for the Indiana State Fair. The preliminaries round of the competition starts at 9 a.m. with 40 bands competing; the Marching Giants are set to perform in prelims at 2:18 p.m. The 16 bands with the top scores in the prelims return to compete in the evening finals round, which starts at 8 p.m.

The Marching Giants’ 2019 show is “Spirits of the Past” — an ode to the storied history of the Marion Marching Giants, and the tradition of Marion Giant Pride that is as strong as ever today! The Giants will perform as a Class AAA band, the largest class at the State Fair competition. About 60 musicians will be on the field for the Giants this season.

“We are excited to return to the Indiana State Fair Band Day on the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest wins in Marching Giants history,” Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff said. “We hope to bring out a strong crowd from Marion to cheer on our talented students and enjoy the show — not to mention all the fun the State Fair has to offer.”

To attend, you’ll need to purchase tickets for both the State Fair and Band Day competition.

The 2019 Indiana State Fair will be held Aug. 2 through 18. To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, this year’s Indiana State Fair theme is Heroes in the Heartland. Throughout the 17-day event, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. Additionally, each day during the fair, Marvel and DC Comics superheroes will be highlighted. For more information, visit