Indy 500 Festival Parade Photos 2014, Part 2 of 5: Marching Bands and Other Groups

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

This year marked the fourth time my wife and I attended the Indy 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis. The next five entries (to be posted over the next three days as quickly as time and endurance permit) represent a fraction of the pics my wife and I snapped. In many cases, encores and additional takes of specific subjects may be available if anyone out there is interested in seeing more, or is looking for a loved one who was in one of the many marching bands that day. For first-time MCC visitors, please note my wife and I are relative amateurs, obviously not trained professional photographers, sharing these from a hobbyist standpoint because fun and joy.

Part One featured the singers, actors, and other celebrities who joined this year’s parade. Here in Part Two: a sampling of each of the marching bands who brought us the gift of music and the sacrifice of wearing heavy uniforms in rising temperatures. My wife knows your pain from experience, folks.

Repeated for special emphasis in the case of this particular entry: if you’re in, or know someone who’s in, one of the following bands and would like to see more photos of them, please let us know. Either leave me a note in the comments section below or use the MCC Contact form located up in the masthead. We’re used to receiving a few such requests every year and we’re more than happy to help out band members and their supporters. Between the two of us, though, we took nearly four hundred photos today. I’m not going into photo overkill mode for this entry until I know someone besides us is genuinely interested.

That being said: the following marching bands performed at the 2014 Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade:

* The Spirit of Muncie Band and Guard from Muncie Central High School. They’re leading off this entry along with a knowing nod from myself to regular MCC readers who’ve been following along with our recent Muncie photo series.

The Spirit of Muncie!

* Ben Davis High School, represented in this photo by their Color Guard. They’re listed second because my wife and I are BD grads. Go, Marching Giants!

[UPDATED 5/28/2014: More of our Ben Davis Giants pics are now online by popular demand!]

Ben Davis High School Marching Giants Color Guard!

* The Speedway 500 Regiment from Speedway High School, located not far from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. For maximum effect that listing should be read aloud in a radio DJ voice.

Speedway 500 Regiment!

* Paoli High School’s Pride of Paoli Band.

Pride of Paoli!

* North Harrison High School’s Marching Cougars from Ramsey, IN.

(UPDATED 5/26/2014: More photos of the Maroons have now been uploaded to Flickr by special request. Enjoy, folks!)

North Harrison Marching Cougars!

* Indianapolis Public Schools’ All-City Marching Band.

IPS All-City Marching Band!

* Concordia Lutheran High School’s Marching Cadets from Fort Wayne, IN.

Concordia Lutheran Marching Cadets!

* Winchester Community High School’s “The Force” from Winchester, IN. I have no idea why they would bother playing anything except “The Imperial March”.

Winchester Force!

* Springfield High School’s Blue Devils from Holland, Ohio. Probably no relation to the formerly awesome DC Comics Hero.

[UPDATED 5/28/2014: The audience has spoken! More Blue Devils pics are now online, but offsite at Flickr.]

Springfield Blue Devils!

* Drum Corps International presents the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming.

Casper Drum & Bugle Corps!

* Belleville West High School’s Marching Maroons from Belleville, Illinois.

(UPDATED 5/26/2014: By special request, additional photos of the Maroons have now been uploaded to Flickr for fans’ viewing pleasure. Enjoy, folks!)

Belleville West Maroons!

* The Indiana All-Star Marching Band, comprised of musicians from various corners and milieux.

Indiana All-Star Marching Band!

* Not actually a marching band, but this category is closer to fitting: the OneAmerica Walking Flag. Longtime MCC readers will recall a previous entry about my own experiences among their ranks.

OneAmerica Walking Flag!

To be continued!

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Thanks for viewing! Other chapters in this series:

1. The Special Guests
3. Some of Your Qualifying Drivers
4. Floats and Balloons
5. The Blooper Reel

For fans of Indy 500 Festival Parade history, you can also check out the MCC photo collections for 2012 and for 2013. Enjoy!


12 responses

  1. Hello. My name is Danielle, and I am in the Belleville West Marching Maroons. I would like to see more pictures of my band if you could send them to me. You both take wonderful pictures. šŸ™‚


  2. My niece Raegan Wright is in North Harrisons Marching Band, Id love to see more pictures if possible please. And thank you so much, I was unable to attend, but thanks to you and what you do I can at least have great photos!


    • Our pleasure! We’ve found that band members often have a tough time finding photos of themselves at major events like this, and don’t have much to show their family. We figured, since we’re already there going nuts with our cameras anyway, why not lend a hand? So we’ve made this a regular part of our annual date. šŸ™‚

      Additional pics of North Harrison have now been uploaded to a separate folder online. Hope this helps!



  3. My son was marching with the Springfield High School Blue Devils Marching Band. I wasn’t able to go with him to the parade. Do you have more pictures of this band? Thanks.


  4. hi my name is dee I have a granddaughter who marched on in the parade on 24 she was with the ben davis marching giants please do have more pictures:)


  5. Hi my name is Karen and I want to thank you for posting pictures of the Belleville West Marching Band because we were not able to attend the parade and it was not televised in our area it was great to see the pictures. Thanks again.


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