Fifteen Marching Bands Selected to Perform in the 2024 AES 500 Festival Parade

Fifteen Marching Bands Selected to Perform in the 2024 AES 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (April 25, 2024) – The 500 Festival announces today the star-studded lineup of marching bands for the highly anticipated AES 500 Festival Parade, taking place on May 25, in downtown Indianapolis.  

Fifteen talented and musically acclaimed marching bands from across the U.S. will perform in this 68th annual event, creating a lively mix of music, vibrant colors, and unforgettable excitement and celebration. This year’s parade is lining up to be a can’t miss event for music enthusiasts and festival-goers alike.  

2024 Band Lineup 

  • 38th Infantry Division Band, Indianapolis, IN – Director, Patrick Palumbo*  
  • Grand Ledge Marching Band, Grand Ledge, MI – Director, John Szczerowski  
  • Indianapolis Public Schools All-City Band, Indianapolis, IN – Director, Josh Goodman*  
  • Marine Band San Diego, San Diego, CA – Director, Craig Palmer  
  • Mater Dei Marching Wildcats, Evansville, IN (ISSMA Class D Finalist) – Director, Allison Field  
  • National Band Association’s Indiana All-Star Band, Zionsville, IN – Director, Mickey Stisher*  
  • Pendleton Heights Marching Arabians, Pendleton, IN (ISSMA Class B Finalist) – Director, Chris Taylor  
  • Purdue University “All-American” Marching Band, West Lafayette, IN – Director, Jay Gephart* 
  • Speedway High School 500 Regiment Band, Speedway, IN – Director, Amy Mohl* 
  • Spirit of Muncie Central Band and Guard, Muncie, IN (Indiana State Fair Band Day “Top 8”) – Director, Daniel Sager * 
  • The Pride of DeSoto Central Marching Band, Southaven, MS – Director, Dennis Cox* 
  • The Pride of Westfield, Westfield, IN (ISSMA Scholastic Class A) – Director, Andrew Muth 
  • The Sound of Brownsburg, Brownsburg, IN (ISSMA Class A Finalist) – Director, Chris Kaflik  
  • Washington Golden Pride, Washington, IN (ISSMA Scholastic Class B) – Director, Branden Burris  
  • Western High School Marching Panthers, Russiaville, IN (ISSMA Class C Finalist) – Director, Stephan Garber 

*Returning bands 

Performing in the AES 500 Festival Parade is an iconic moment in Indy that band members will never forget. As one of the nation’s largest, most-respected parades, this celebration will feature larger-than-life floats, giant ballons, celebrities, and all 33 drivers competing in the Indy 500. These 15 bands will perform for over 200,000 spectators that line the 1.5-mile route.  

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have these talented musicians join us for the AES 500 Festival Parade,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Their performances will bring a vibrant spirit into our city’s biggest race-weekend celebration before the Indy 500!” 

The Parade will be available to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13 and nationally on Peacock.  

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About the 500 Festival | Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   


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