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Welcome to the 46th annual JMU Parade of Champions!

Saturday October 5th, 2024

 High School registration will open by May 1st 2024. For Band Directors interested in getting notified when registration goes live please fill out the interest form below.

POC 2024: Band Director Insterest Form


James Madison University is proud to host our Annual JMU Parade of Champions marching band competition each October.  

It is a fantastic celebration of music education and the marching arts, with outstanding bands and nationally-recognized adjudicators, open to any high school marching band regardless of size or experience.

Performing in our professional-grade Bridgeforth Stadium, complete with the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background,  makes JMU Parade of Champions one of the most memorable events in our area. The stadium boasts a seating capacity of almost 25,000 and includes 2 decks (perfect for viewing the performances), a state-of-the-art video board, club lounge and suites, a new press box and media complex, as well as an expansive concessions area.

When we combine these facilities with an incredible line-up of bands from the Mid-Atlantic, it can offer an exciting event for everybody involved!


Admission & Seating


Ticket Pricing for 2024

General Admission: $20

Discounted Admission: $15 *

* Discount Admission available to the following: Active/Retired Military (Military ID required), Students: K-12 & College (ID only required for college students), & Seniors 65+ (ID required). 

Free Admission for children 3 yrs old and under

When admission is purchased, each individual will receive a wristband that will allow admission to the event all day. Wristbands are sold at the contest entrance at Ticked Booth “A”.

Payment Options: JMU will accept cash, checks (made payable to “JMU Bands”), and credit cards.

CLICK HERE for a downloadable seating map of Bridgeforth Stadium.


Visiting Harrisonburg


As always, our music student organizations will be providing POC merchandise for purchase during the event.  We will have several merchandise tables set up around the stadium for you, your students, and their families to browse.  In addition, JMU Concessions and Domino’s Pizza will be open during the event to sell food and beverages to participants and spectators.  You may also choose to bring your group off campus to one of the many restaurants or shopping centers within a few miles of campus. 


In preparation for your visit to Harrisonburg, please consider visiting the following website to help with your planning:

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