Hoover Invitational Marching Festival

*** REGISTER NOW for the 2013 Hoover Invitational Marching Festival! ***


The Hoover Invitational Marching Festival is held the 3rd Saturday in October each year at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. Hoover Metropolitan Stadium is the home to the SEC Baseball Tournament featuring the top 12 teams in the Southern Eastern 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.

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium 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 Metropolitan 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 Wednesday, October 2, 2013. 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………………………..1-40
CLASS AA………………………41-70
CLASS AAA…………………….71-95
CLASS AAAA…………………..96 & above


Hoover Metropolitan 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 Metropolitan 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, $5.00 for Students.


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.


The “Best In Class” award 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 the “Best in Class” band. A “Best In Class” trophy will be awarded to the best band, colorguard, drum major(s), majorette squad, percussion section, and dance team in each class. Feature Twirlers will not be eligible for the “Best In Class” award.


Aaron Robin
Sue Samuels
Rob Grice
David Allinder
Adam Dalton
David EnglandGuard
David Veda

Drum Major
Christina Hart

Lindsay Hull

Participating Bands

Festival Warmup 2013 [PDF]

Here are the bands currently registered to participate and their performance time. The full list of participating bands and the performance schedule will be posted after the registration process has been completed.

Class A
11:40 a.m. – Trinity Presbyterian School “Wildcat Pride” Marching Band – Montgomery, AL
12:00 p.m. – Pride of Purvis Band – Purvis, MS
12:20 p.m. – Corner High School Band – Dora, AL

Class AA
12:50 p.m. – Itawamba Agricultural High School – Fulton, MS
1:10 p.m. - Briarwood Christian School – Birmingham, AL
1:30 p.m. - Centennial High School Marching Cougar Band – Franklin, TN
1:50 p.m. - Villa Rica High School Marching Band – Villa Rica, GA
2:10 p.m. - Spain Park High School Band , The Pride of the Park – Hoover, AL
2:30 p.m. - Oak Grove High School Band – Bessemer, AL

Class AAA
3:00 p.m. - Lafayette High School Band – Oxford, MS
3:20 p.m. - Fort Payne High School – Fort Payne, AL
3:40 p.m. - Bob Jones High School Patriots – Madison, AL
4:00 p.m. - Escambia High School Band “The Pride” – Pensacola, FL

Class AAAA
5:30 p.m. – Grissom High School “Tiger” Band – Huntsville, AL
5:50 p.m. - Central-Carroll High School Marching Pride - Carrollton, GA
6:10 p.m. - Warren Central High School Band – Vicksburg, MS
6:30 p.m. - Thompson High School “Marching Southern Sounds” – Alabaster, AL
7:00 p.m. - Oak Mountain High School “Spirit of Cahaba” Marching Band – Birmingham, AL
7:20 p.m. - Hewitt-Trussville High School – Trussville, AL
7:40 p.m. - Pelham High School “Tower of Power” Marching Band – Pelham, AL
8:00 p.m. - Vestavia Hills Rebel Marching Band – Vestavia Hills, AL

8:20 p.m. – Hoover High School Marching Band
8:40 p.m. – UAB Marching Blazers