Metallica received more than 450 applications from middle and high school bands performing medleys of their music.
Forget gold and platinum records, industry awards and prizes, sold-out concerts around the world… you know you’ve truly reached rock legend status when enough high school marching bands and universities stage tributes to your music so you can launch a competition. Such is the case with Metallica, which today announced the winners of its first-ever Metallica marching band competition.
The group received applications from more than 450 universities and high schools after announcing the competition last April. Finalists were chosen in the five main categories by professional judges (including representatives from Conn Selmer, a company that makes marching band instruments) while the members of Metallica decided the winners. Fans also had their say, as they selected a winner by popular vote in the college and high school categories.
The Auburn University Marching Band won the $75,000 top prize for its remarkable medley during halftime of the Auburn/Ole Miss football game in October.
The other big university winner was Eastern New Mexico University, which took home $40,000 in the Division 2 and Division 3 categories. Another prize went to Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee. Auburn and Dobyns-Bennett, who also won fan favorite awards, each received an additional $10,000. The prize money will be used to purchase instruments and equipment for school orchestras.