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Indy 500 Festival Parade 2016 Photos #3: Marching Bands!

Indiana All-Star Band!

The Indiana All-Star Band all but begs me to make the easy Captain America joke. But I can resist. I CAN.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

This year marked the sixth time my wife and I attended the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis. It’s an annual date-day tradition for us —- partly to see the floats and high school marching bands, partly for the famous names and partly because I love the sight of a bustling downtown Indianapolis. The next six entries (to be posted over the next few days as quickly as time and attention span 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, absolutely not trained professional photographers, sharing these from a hobbyist standpoint because fun and joy.

In this entry: the full rundown on all the marching bands that performed in this year’s parade, including several from other states, who brought us the gift of music and an occasional smile when the long walk wasn’t getting them down. My wife was in high school marching band once, remembers those drawbacks all too well, feels your pain, and appreciates your sacrifice and talents.

Super-special note: 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 “Contact MCC!” 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 over 700 photos this year. I’m not going into photo overkill mode and uploading hundreds of extra pics until and unless I know someone besides us is genuinely invested in any of them. Not all of them are pro quality, but there’re a few keepers.

The following marching bands performed at the 2016 Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, and in the order presented here, two shots for each musical act. Non-musical marching acts will be showcased in Part 5.

(As always, photos are clickable for enlargement and resolution and such. Enjoy!)

Marching a few minutes early as a sort of parade pre-show: the Ingersoll Pipe Band, a Canadian bagpipers’ troupe. [UPDATED 6/18/2016: a small, separate Flickr album has now been set up for all five photos from this subset.]

Ingersoll Pipe Band!

Ingersoll Pipe Band!

The Purdue University “All-American” Marching Band featuring the World’s Largest Drum. The finger-quotes are theirs, not mine.

Purdue!

Purdue!

The Indianapolis Public Schools All-City Marching Band.

Indianapolis Public Schools!

Indianapolis Public Schools!

The James B. Conant High School Cougar Marching Band (Hoffman Estates, IL).

Conant High School!

Conant High School!

The Crestview High School Big Red Machine (Crestview, FL).

Crestview High School!

Crestview High School!

Hailing from the high school my wife and I attended, Indianapolis’ own Ben Davis Marching Giants.

Ben Davis Marching Giants!

Ben Davis Marching Giants!

The Indiana All-Star Band, comprising top students from various Hoosier high schools. [UPDATED 6/2/2016: By request, a separate Flickr album has now been set up for all the photos from this subset.]

Indiana All-Star Band!

Indiana All-Star Band!

The Northeastern High School Marching Knights (Fountain City, IN).

Northeastern High School!

Northeastern High School!

The Noblesville High School Marching Millers (Noblesville, IN).

Noblesville High School!

Noblesville High School!

The Beech Grove Marching Hornets (Beech Grove, IN) and Edgewood Marching Mustangs (Ellettsville, IN) in a very special band team-up jam session.

Beech Grove + Edgewood!

Beech Grove + Edgewood!

The Sumner High School Spartan Marching Band (Sumner, WA). [UPDATED 5/30/2016: By request in the Comments section, a separate Flickr album has now been set up for all the photos from this subset.]

Sumner High School!

Sumner High School!

The South Spencer High School Marching Rebels (Rockport, IN).

South Spencer High School!

South Spencer High School!

The Castle High School Marching Knights (Newburgh, IN).
Castle High School!

Castle High School!

The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps of Casper, WY — a band we’ve seen so many times at the 500 Festival Parade that we recognized them on sight even without a sign preceding them.

Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps!

Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps!

The Elkhart Memorial High School Crimson Charger Command (Elkhart, IN — speak of the devil!).

Elkhart Memorial High School!

Elkhart Memorial High School!

Speedway High School’s Speedway 500 Regiment Band of Speedway, Indiana, on behalf of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Speedway 500 Regiment!

Speedway 500 Regiment!

The Hampton High School Marching Band (Allison Park, PA).

Hampton High School!

Hampton High School!

…and the thirsty guy in the final photo was just saying what we were all thinking.

To be continued! Links to other chapters in this annual MCC miniseries are listed below. Follow us on Facebook or via email signup for new-entry alerts, or over on Twitter if you want to track my TV live-tweeting and other signs of life between entries. Thanks for stopping by!

Part 1: The 33 Drivers in Your Starting Lineup
Part 2: This Year’s Guests
Part 4: Floats and Balloons
Part 5: Random Acts of Parading
Part 6: Before the Music

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About Randall A. Golden
Hoosier since birth, geek since age 6, father at 22, Christian at 30; launched Midlife Crisis Crossover at 39. Full-time service rep; part-time internet contributor; former message board admin; inhabits Twitter as @RandallGolden. Views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of any other corporation, being, or party line.

8 Responses to Indy 500 Festival Parade 2016 Photos #3: Marching Bands!

  1. Julie Price says:

    More of Sumner Spartans would be awesome! I have 2 kids in the band. 🙂

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  2. Hi, Randall
    I am with the Ingersoll Pipe Band – your Canadaian visitors for the parade. Every year we travel to Indianapolis to support the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers-Horse Shoe Pipes and Drums. We have a long history going back at least 50 years and enjoy taking part in the parade immensely. You and your wife have taken some fabulous photos. Thanks for sharing. I am the editor of the Ingersoll Pipe Band newsletter and with your permission and am going to include the two you posted win our next newsletter. Thanks!

    Veronica

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