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There's A Metallica Marching Band Competition With $150,000 In Prizes

For Whom the Band Tolls! Metallica has announced the Metallica Marching Band Competition: a national challenge to marching bands of all levels to craft their most exciting, unique, and impressive performances of some of the band’s most beloved songs. 

Marching bands entering the competition at will have access to a library of marching band charts, provided by Hal Leonard via, for Metallica songs including:

Creeping Death

Enter Sandman

Fade To Black

For Whom The Bell Tolls


Hit The Lights

Lux Æterna

Master of Puppets


Sad But True

Seek & Destroy

The Unforgiven

Wherever I May Roam

Bands will compete in the five categories listed below. High School and Collegiate winners will be narrowed down to five finalists by professional judges. Metallica will select the final prize winners in each category. Fan Favorite winners will be chosen by popular vote. 

1. Collegiate: Division 1 - $75,000 in prizing

2. Collegiate: Division 2, 3 - $40,000 in prizing

3. High School - $15,000 in prizing

4. Fan Favorite: Collegiate (across all divisions) - $10,000 in prizing

5. Fan Favorite: High School - $10,000 in prizing

The victors in each category will win musical instruments and equipment for their school programs at the values listed above, furnished by Metallica and sponsors including Tama, KHS America, Zildjian, D’Addario, and Gator, in partnership with Sweetwater.

Video submissions for the Metallica Marching Band Competition are due by November 16, 2023, with voting beginning on November 17, 2023. Winners will be selected on December 1, 2023. For further information, please go to and good luck!

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