2018 marked the seventh year that the INpact Indiana’s Future Band took the field to kick off the DCI World Championship Finals in Indianapolis.

The annual ensemble made up some 500 students aims to motivate the participating middle schoolers to consider music and the arts as they make important skill-development decisions for their high school years and beyond.

Prior to taking the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, August 11, students took part in two days of rehearsals, educational sessions, and other performances as part of their experience.

“When they walk into Lucas Oil for the first time their faces light up,” INpact lead band director Katy Briel said. “And then to see them tonight on the way to the performance and to walk in with the crowd here, they’re just so excited and so proud of all their hard work.”

The INpact Band is a part of Drum Corps International’s program known as BANDtastic! which is currently expanding to new national markets to create similar opportunities.

Learn more about DCI’s INpact and BANDtastic programs