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Contest History

ISSMA CONTEST HISTORY

At ISSMA festivals, ensembles earn a rating of Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation based on judges evaluations of their performance on three prepared selections. Participants choose to enter at various "Group" levels based on the difficulty of their music (except Marching Band, it does not have group levels), with "V" being the easiest and "I" being the most difficult. Sight-reading is also considered at the High School level. An ensemble earning an extremely high Gold rating may be given the rating of "Gold With Distinction," ISSMA's highest ensemble honor (except for a state finals appearance). 

The Benton Central Band program is an ISSMA All-Music Award winner for 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, & 2018-2019.

High School Bands

Group I

Gold: 2019* (WE), 2018* (WE), 2017 (WE)

Group II

Gold: 2016*, 2015

Silver: 2005

Bronze: 2006

Group III

Gold: 2019* (SB), 2018* (SB), 2017 (SB), 2013, 2012*, 2010*, 2009*, 2007, 2004*, 2003*, 2001, 1999*, 1998, 1997*, 1995*, 1994, 1993*, 1992

Silver: 2014*, 2011, 2008*, 2002, 2000*, 1996*

*denotes a Gold in sightreading

Junior High Bands

Group III

Gold: 2019 (8th), 2018 (8th), 2016 (8th), 2015 (8th), 2013 (8th)

Silver: 2017 (8th), 2014 (8th)

Group IV

Gold: 2019 (7th), 2018 (7th), 2016 (7th), 2015 (7th), 2014 (7th), 2013 (7th)

Silver: 2017 (7th), 1986 (7th), 1985 (7th)

Jazz Bands

Group III

Gold: 2019 (JI), 2018

Group IV

Gold: 2019 (JL), 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Silver: 2013

Purdue Jazz Festival Participant: 2019 (event cancelled due to weather), 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Marching Band (other contests are noted here as well)

ISSMA District/Open Class Invitational/Festival

Gold: 2019*^#, 2018*, 2017*^#, 2016, 2015, 2014*, 2013, 1984

Silver: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1981

Bronze: 1990, 1989, 1982

ISSMA Regionals

Gold: 2019, 2018, 2016

Silver: 2017, 1984

Indiana State Fair Band Day participant: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

2019: Lafayette Jefferson Invitational - Class C 3rd Place, Brownsburg Invitational - Class C 3rd Place, Plymouth Invitational - Class C 3rd Place

2018: Lafayette Jefferson Invitational - Class D 1st Place*#, Northwestern Invitational - Class D 2nd Place, Zionsville Invitational - Class D 1st Place#

2017: Lafayette Jefferson Invitational - Class C 5th Place, Brownsburg Invitational - Class C 5th Place, Zionsville Invitational - Class C 4th Place

2016: Lafayette Jefferson Invitational - Class D 2nd Place*, Brownsburg Invitational - Class D 4th Place, Danville (IL) Invitational - Class AAA 1st Place^

2015: Lafayette Jefferson Invitational - Class C 4th Place, Brownsburg Invitational - Class C 3rd Place, Rensselaer Invitational - Gold Rating^

2014: Lafayette Jefferson Invitational - Class C 5th Place, Rensselaer Invitational - Gold Rating*^, Ben Davis Invitational - Class C 7th Place

2013: Kankakee Valley Invitational - Gold Rating, Twin Lakes Invitational - Class C 3rd place

* denotes a Music Distinction, ^ denotes Visual Distinction, # denotes Effect Distinction