The Buckeye Invitational is a high school band competition sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). It is hosted by The Ohio State University Marching Band and takes place in historic Ohio Stadium, and it is open to any high school band in the United States. The 2019 Buckeye Invitational will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019.
Registration is now open through the OMEA portal and will close on June 28. The portal can be accessed by logging in at www.omea-ohio.org. If you are not from Ohio and would like to participate, please contact Phil Day at firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to the OMEA portal for registration.
Bands who choose to compete will be adjudicated by OMEA adjudicators. Bands who choose to perform in festival class will receive feedback from outstanding musicians and teachers from around the region. This year, that feedback will be provided by Dr. Michael Stewart, Associate Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Eric Smedley, Associate Professor of Music at Indiana University, and Mr. Jeff Shellhammer, Director of Bands (ret.) at Gahanna Lincoln High School.