Youth In Music Virtual 2020 Championships

     September 11, 2020

COVID 19 has had a profound effect on our whole world. We have been participating in
band director conversations across the midwest about student learning, leadership and
marching band for this fall. This has affected every single one of us in profound ways. We are
here to serve students, teachers and parents while supporting the arts in all of our communities.
Our hearts are with all of you. We hope we might be able to meet in a live event as soon as it
is safe to do so. Thank you for supporting Youth In Music as we serve the development of your
students and your programs.

Why a Virtual YIM for 2020?
This is a virtual project born out of the potential that our bands will lose their fundraising &
performance opportunities through their individual events AND that we would like to honor the
seniors who have done years of work in instrumental music, dance, theater, drumline,
colorguard, winds and marching band.
Because we are staying present and learning about the effects of COVID 19 on our society, we
are planning a virtual event to benefit our participating bands and the 2020/2021 Seniors.

What is the Virtual 2020 YIM Championships?
3 Events in One over the timeframe of October 1-10, 2020

  1. vYIM – Fundraiser, Competition, Performances from the past – October 1-10
  2. Video Exhibition of what bands are doing this fall – October 10 from 5-7pm
  3. Live awards ceremony to announce placements, scholarships, Hall of Fame AND
    Honor our Seniors through a slide show. October 10 from 7pm-8:30 pm.

Please contact Brent Turner for Sponsorship and Virtual Marketplace Opportunities.

Thank you to these sponsors for their loyal support: SCHMITT MUSIC, Stanbury Uniforms,
YAMAHA Band and Orchestra USA, and Grand Tours.

Seniors will submit a picture or short video for the Senior Celebration Recognition Video .
Please submit information here by 5pm Friday October 2, 2020:

Seniors will also be eligible for 2020 YIM Scholarships. Send the hyperlink below to your
seniors interested in a 2020 YIM scholarship which is due by 5pm Friday October 2, 2020:

Youth In Music will promote the event through our website, social media and emails. We will
also attempt to get public awareness through news outlets,, drumcorpsworld, etc.

Bands will benefit by promoting the championships and by the votes registered through the YIM
website. Youth In Music will give scoring updates throughout the week.

This event will run for one week with a LIVE finale at 7pm Saturday 10/10/2020. YIM will create
the video competition based on each band that would like to participate. YIM will hire
adjudicators to give comments between each performance and a Festival Rating. Participants
will vote throughout the week from the video that will be hosted as a free and open event on our
website/youtube channel/facebook sites. We will give updates throughout the week as to
scoring in each of Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA and Colleges. Fans will have the ability to vote
multiple times throughout the week. Free access to the event will be available throughout the
week of 10/1/2020-10/10/2020. Cut off for voting will be noon on 10/10/2020. A live awards
ceremony will take place from 7-8:30pm on Saturday 10/10/2020 where we will honor the Seniors,
Announce YIMMYs, Announce Scholarships, give the Festival Ratings and Announce the
Scoring based on voting.

2020 Band Exhibition from 5-7pm on October 10, 2020
Bands will submit videos from their exhibitions, performances and rehearsals from the summer
and fall of 2020 and we will host that free video exhibition from 5-7pm on October 10, 2020.

2020 T-Shirts and patches will be available for students and parents through our Vendor –

We are looking forward to this unique event to celebrate our seniors and the work put in by all
the bands to continue educating musicians in these challenging times. See you starting
October 1 and then at the Live Awards Show from 7-8:30pm at
Brent Turner, M.Ed
Youth In Music – President

Youth in Music Show Information


  • Directions and parking information can be found on the U.S. Bank Stadium website:

  • Please note that some of the surrounding flat lots will be reserved for our competing units’ busses and trucks only.
  • Parking meters with hoods are reserved for busses as well. Cars parked at hooded meters will be towed at owners expense.
  • Accessible parking is available in the adjacent ramps.
  • A specifically dedicated accessible Pick-Up/Drop-Off zone is available during events at U.S. Bank Stadium. For Minnesota Vikings games and other major events, the designated accessible Pick-Up/ Drop-Off zone is located on 10th Avenue South, between 6th Street South and 7th Street South.


Ticket Office

  • The U.S. Bank Stadium Ticket Office is located on the Northwest corner of the stadium between the Legacy and Polaris Gates.
  • The Ticket Office will open at 7:00am on Saturday October 12, 2019.

Stadium Entrance

  • Enter through the Legacy Gate on the Medtronic Plaza: west side of the stadium; Main Concourse Access
  • For the safety of everyone at U.S. Bank Stadium, all persons entering the stadium will have their bag searched and/or walk through a metal detector or be screened with hand-held metal detectors to search for prohibited items.

Gate Opening and Start Times

  • Gates for Session I will open at 7:00am, show will begin at 7:30am.
  • Gates for Session II will re-open at 6:30pm, show will begin at 7:30pm
  • All guests will need to exit the stadium between sessions. Only competing band members and staff with wristbands or lanyards will be allowed to remain in the stadium between sessions.

Camera Policy

  • Small, non-professional, single frame “point and shoot” cameras are allowed into the venue. However, use of “professional cameras” is prohibited at YIM events unless the user has formal media credentials (photo ID from media employer) and prior written approval from Youth In Music. Tripods, monopods, “selfie sticks” and cameras with a lens longer than 6” (detachable or non-detachable) will NOT be permitted into the stadium.


  • Priority for use of the elevators is given to our guests with disabilities. Public elevators are located throughout U.S. Bank Stadium and may be accessed on the Main Concourse behind the following Sections:
    • Section 103 (access to NW Red Zone and Hyundai Club, Buffalo Wild Wings Club, Mystic Lake Club Purple and Northside Loft Suites).

Wheelchair Accessible Seating

  • U.S. Bank Stadium has wheelchair/limited mobility and companion seating with enhanced sightlines on all levels. Guests are advised that stadium management reserves the right to take the appropriate legal action against individuals who fraudulently obtain wheelchair and companion seats. Any guest presenting a ticket for one of these sections should be seated in the appropriate location without being asked any additional questions.
  • For questions regarding wheelchair/limited mobility and companion seating, please email


  • Complimentary wheelchair escorts are available at any entry point. Upon arrival, guests may request an escort by locating the nearest Guest Experience Representative. The service is available to and from the entry gates and seating areas. Please be aware that our staff and wheelchair will not remain with you during the event. Guests that require additional assistance, or who would like to reserve a wheelchair in advance are encouraged to contact our mobility assistance team by email at mobilityservices@usbankstadium.comor by calling 612-777-8761.

ADA Services at U.S. Bank Stadium

  • For a complete list of accessible services, please visit the U.S. Bank Stadium website:


  • For the safety of everyone at U.S. Bank Stadium, all persons entering the stadium will have their bag searched and walk through a metal detector or be screened with a hand-held metal detector to search for prohibited items. Spectators will be allowed to bring in a purse or small bag, but no backpacks or larger bags will be allowed.


Session I
Band  Class Performance
Star Spangled Banner YIM All Stars 7:25
Hutchinson A 7:30
Harrisburg A 7:45
Lakeville South A 8:00
Mukwonago A 8:15
Eisenhower A 8:30
Park Center A 8:45
Andover A 9:00
Blaine A 9:15
Pipestone A 9:30
Coon Rapids A 9:45
Anoka A 10:00
St Croix Central Exhibition 10:15
Hudson Exhibition 10:30
Sioux Falls Washington AA 10:45
Baldwin-Woodville AA 11:00
Farmington AA 11:15
Minnetonka AA 11:30
Champlin Park AA 11:45
Hastings AA 12:00
Lourdes AA 12:15
MSUM Exhibition 12:30
A, AA Awards 12:45
Awards 1:00
Brandon Valley AAA 1:15
Millard West AAA 1:30
Waukesha North AAA 1:45
River Falls AAA 2:00
Sioux Falls Roosevelt AAA 2:15
Irondale AAAA 2:30
Eastview AAAA 2:45
Marshall AAAA 3:00
Eden Prairie AAAA 3:15
Rosemount AAAA 3:30
SDSU Exhibition 3:45
AAA, AAAA Awards 4:00


Session II 
Band Performance
Star Spangled Banner 7:25
Band 1 7:30
Band 2 7:45
Band 3 8:00
Band 4 8:15
Band 5 8:30
Break 8:45
Band 6 9:00
Band 7 9:15
Band 8 9:30
Band 9 9:45
Band 10 10:00
UWEC 10:15
Awards 10:30

15th Annual Youth In Music Band Championships

October 12, 2019 – U.S. Bank Stadium

Session I   7:30am- Minnesota State Championships and Class Championships.

Session II   7:30pm- 
Includes the winner of each class (4 bands), plus the next 6 highest scoring bands from the first session. Click here for detailed schedules.

Volunteer and see the show for free! Sign up here.

Reserved tickets are now on sale. Click the link above for more information.

General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the box office.

Adult General Admission $25
*Student/Senior/Accessible General Admission $15
*Children 5 and under, free
*Student pricing ages 6 to 18, or college student with valid student ID
*Senior pricing 55+ with ID


Click here for detailed schedules.

Youth in Music will once again be offering scholarships to graduating seniors. Click here for scholarship applications.

U.S. Bank Stadium – click HERE for guest information

We have been advised by US Bank Stadium that Mills Fleet Farm Ramp has informed them that their ‘Game Day Rate’ of $50 begins on SATURDAY at 8:30pm. Any vehicle that arrives BEFORE 8:30pm and exits before midnight will be subject to the ‘standard daily rate’. If you arrive at this ramp at or after 8:30pm on Saturday, you will be subject to the $50 rate. Please give this careful consideration when choosing where to park.


Camera Policy
Small, non-professional, single frame “point and shoot” cameras are allowed into the venue. However, use of “professional cameras” is prohibited at YIM events unless the user has formal media credentials (photo ID from media employer) and prior written approval from Youth In Music. Tripods, monopods, “selfie sticks” and cameras with a lens longer than 6” (detachable or non-detachable) will NOT be permitted into the stadium.


Schmitt Music – Major Sponsor for 2019

Youth In Music is pleased to announce that once again Schmitt Music will be supporting the 2018 Marching Band Championships as a Major Sponsor.  Schmitt music has played a key role in supporting Youth In Music since it was established in 2005.  We are grateful for the ongoing support of the many great representatives and managers of Schmitt Music who have made a strong commitment to Youth In Music events.

On behalf of all of our student participants, scholarship award recipients and fans we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Schmitt Music.

Schmitt Music

2014 Schedule

Star Spangled Banner 11:00
Blaine 11:15
Pipestone 11:30
Minnetonka 11:45
Andover 12:00
Anoka 12:15
Coon Rapids 12:30
Champlin Park 12:45
Hastings 1:00
Chipewa Falls 1:15
UMD (Judges’ Break) 1:30
Farmington 1:45
Eastview 2:00
Marshall 2:15
Eden Prairie 2:30
Rosemount 2:45
UWEC 3:00
Awards Ceremony 3:15