Apply for color guard, band contests in Phoenix
Members of American Legion Post 377 of Kenner, La., perform during the National Concert Band Contest in Indianapolis on Aug. 24, 2019. (Photo by Ben Mikesell/The American Legion)

Apply for color guard, band contests in Phoenix

Bands and color guards can apply to compete during The American Legion’s 102nd National Convention in Phoenix in August.

American Legion color guard units are gearing up for this year’s National Color Guard Contest, which will open the convention on Aug. 27. The contest will start at 4 p.m. in the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Exhibition Hall B-E, 300 Level, with Harrisburg Post 472 of Houston defending its title as champion. There are four classes of competition: Advancing/Retiring Colors, Military, Military-Open and Open. To be considered for the National Commander’s Color Guard, units must compete in either Military or Military-Open and Advancing/Retiring Colors. Units can represent any part of the Legion Family, or have a combination of members in the unit. Units wanting to compete must commit to marching in the National Convention Parade on Sunday, Aug. 29. Applications are due to National Headquarters by July 23.

The next day, Aug. 28, the National Concert Band Contest will kick off at 1 p.m. in the Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Symphony Hall, 100 Level. The event includes the Concert Band and Exhibition Concert Band classes. Competing bands must also commit to the Sunday parade. Applications are due by Apr. 30.

Download the applications on the Contests page.