2021 OMEA Zips Invitational

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
Show times below

Each fall The University of Akron hosts the annual Ohio Music Education Association Zips Invitational Marching Band Show.  The show features marching bands from across the state and ratings are given by OMEA sanctioned adjudicators in preparation for OMEA State Marching Band Finals.  All bands are welcome and many perform in “festival” class.

For more information on how to register your band for the OMEA Zips Invitational Marching Band Show, visit the OMEA website and log-in to the portal.

Any additional questions should be directed to the show coordinator, Dr. Galen S. Karriker at gsk1@uakron.edu.

11th Annual OMEA Zips Invitational

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021


Zips Invitational Band Show - download the detailed schedule.

9:30 a.m. - Ticket Office Opens / Admission Gate (Gate 1) opens
10:15 a.m. - National Anthem
10:30 a.m. - Union Local High School
10:45 a.m. - Coventry High School
11:00 a.m. - Marlington High School
11:15 a.m. - Norton High School
11:30 a.m. - BREAK (Adjudicator Lunch Break)
12:15 p.m. - Mentor High School
12:30 p.m. - Avon High School
12:45 p.m. - Avon Lake High School
1:00 p.m. - Brunswick High School
1:15 p.m. - Beavercreek High School
1:30 p.m. - Central Crossing High School
1:45 p.m. - The University of Akron Marching Band Exhibition
2:15 p.m. - AWARDS


InfoCision Stadium, 375 East Exchange St.

Tickets are $8 per person (children under 5 are FREE). Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Ticket Office is adjacent to GATE 1. No advance ticket sales available - please allow for sufficient time to purchase ticket sales and enter the stadium. Seating is General Admission ONLY.

Gates and entrances

Entry into the stadium for patrons is via Gate 1 ONLY.

Gate 2 is for use by performers and staff ONLY - no exceptions. All other gates will be closed.


A Concession Stand will be open on the home sideline.


See the campus map.

COVID protocols

All attendees must use a mask for any enclosed indoor setting (bathrooms included). Masks are not required outdoors.

Performance schedule TBA