Hoover Invitational Marching Festival

The Hoover Invitational Marching Festival will be held October 20th, 2018 at the Hoover Met Stadium in Hoover, Alabama.

Tickets Can Be Purchased at the Door

Admission: $8, 5 and under get in free!

regions_thThe Hoover Met Stadium is the home to the SEC Baseball Tournament featuring the top 12 teams in the Southeastern Conference. This facility is converted to a football stadium during football season. The stadium seats over 10,000 people, plus visitor bleachers during football season. The Hoover Met is an excellent facility for hosting the Hoover Invitational. It has plenty of parking, large restrooms, numerous concession stands, ample warm up areas, easy field access for bands and their equipment, and is easily accessible from major interstates. For general directions to the Hoover Met Stadium, click here, or enter your location here for more specific directions.

Basic Information


A non-refundable fee of $100.00 must accompany this application and be postmarked by Friday, October 5th, 2018. Please notify us to expect your entry to aid our preparation.

Most communication will be done through email and the festival website information. Please refer to updates as they are posted.


Based on number of playing members in the band, NOT including percussion.
Bands are allowed to enter above their classification, but not below.

CLASS A………………………..1-45
CLASS AA………………………46-70
CLASS AAA…………………….71-95
CLASS AAAA…………………..96 & above


Hoover Met Stadium. (Standard football field clearly marked every five yards with high school hash marks.) Bands must enter, perform, and exit within the 15 minute performance time allowed. ALL show related materials must be removed at the conclusion of the performance. Fireworks are prohibited by Hoover Met Stadium and the City of Hoover.


1. The style of show, field entrance, and exit from the field are unrestricted.
2. Band Judging will be Olympic style, with the highest and lowest scores being dropped. The three remaining scores will be averaged for the final ratings.
3. Ratings and numerical scores will be given to each band, auxiliary group (minimum of 3 performers), percussion section, and Drum Majors.
4. Ratings will be given as follows:

  1. SUPERIOR…………………85-100
  2. EXCELLENT……………….70-84.9
  3. GOOD………………………55-69.9
  4. FAIR……………………….. 54.9 and below

5. Any band may enter for ratings or comments only.


$8.00 for Adults, Children 5 and Under: Free.


TROPHIES will be awarded to all bands, colorguards, majorette squads, percussion sections, and dance teams which receive a SUPERIOR rating. Drum Majors will receive individual medals for a SUPERIOR rating. Feature Twirlers (one or two twirlers) will receive individual medals for a SUPERIOR rating. There are no overall awards. Each classification is its own competition!


The Best in Class awards will be based on the highest number of points. A Best in Class trophy will be awarded to the best percussion, drum major, colorguard, majorette and danceline in each class. Feature Twirlers will not be eligible for the “Best In Class” award.

 1st, 2nd and 3rd PLACE IN CLASS:

The placement awards will be based on the highest number of points. The three remaining band judges scores after high and low are dropped will be added together to determine each band’s placement. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place band trophy will be awarded in each class.



Pat Stegal – Professor, University of North Alabama

Gregory Snyder – Professor, Nashville Public Schools, TN

Chris Lindley – Band Director, Albertville High School, AL

Harry McAfee – Retired Band Director, Hoover High School, AL

Keith Anderson – Band Director, James Clemmons High School, AL


Andre Lynge – Percussion Director, Jacksonville State University, AL

Drum Major

Travis Bender – Band Director, Oak Mountain High School, AL


Brian Giddens – President of Southern Association of Performing Arts


Charity Jones – Dance Instructor, Vestavia High School, AL


Registered Bands in Alphabetical order (as of 10/2)

Baker High School, AL

Corner High School, AL

Cullman High School, AL

Fayettville High School, AL

Jacksonville High School, AL

Haleyville High School, AL

Lake High School, MS

Madison Central High School, MS

Oak Grove High School, AL

Pelham High School, AL

Russellville High School, AL

Shades Valley High School, AL

Spain Park High School, AL

Sulligent High School, AL

Sylacauga High School, AL

Vicksburg High School, MS

Register to participate in the 2018 Hoover Invitational