Ohio Music Education Association Zips Invitational Marching Band Show

2022 OMEA Zips Invitational

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022

InfoCision Stadium on the UA campus — 375 E. Exchange St.

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.

12th Annual OMEA Zips Invitational Schedule

Print schedule here

10:30 a.m. - Gates Open (Tickets and Entry via Gate 1 - corner of Exchange and Union Street)

11:30 a.m. - Show Starts - National Anthem / Introductions

  • Patricia J. LaNasa, Vocalist
  • Jake Durr, UA Marching Band Announcer

11:45 a.m. - Ridgewood High School (Class B), John Lindig, Director

12:00 p.m. - Marlington Local Schools (Class B), Bret Pendergast, Director

12:15 p.m. - Louisville High School (Class A), Kristopher Bleininger, Director

12:30 p.m. - INTERMISSION

1:15 p.m. - Nordonia Hills City Schools (Class AA), Thomas Weaver, Director

1:30 p.m. - Hoover High School (Class AA), Ronald C. Varn, Director

1:45 p.m. - Mentor High School (Class AA), Steve Poremba, Director

2:00 p.m. - Brunswick High School (Class AA), Ethan Eraybar, Director

2:15 p.m. - Amherst Steele High School (Class AA), Christopher Barbaro, Director

2:30 p.m. - UA Marching Band (Exhibition), Dr. Galen S. Karriker & Dr. Gretchen Pohlman-Bassett, Directors



See the campus map to see where to park.


Note: No advance ticket sales available - please allow for sufficient time to purchase tickets and enter the stadium.

The ticket office is adjacent to GATE 1 at InfoCision Stadium, 375 East Exchange St. Akron, Ohio.

  • Tickets: $8 per person
  • $6 senior citizens 60+
  • Children under 5 are FREE
  • Cash, check, and credit card are accepted.
  • Seating is General Admission ONLY.

Gates and entrances

Patrons may enter at Gate 1 ONLY. Gate 2 is ONLY for performers and staff - no exceptions. All other gates will be closed.


A concession stand will be open on the home sideline.