HANCOCK COUNTY — Three local marching bands participated in Indiana State School Music Association band contests over the weekend as they prepare for statewide competitions.

Greenfield-Central, New Palestine and Mt. Vernon high schools bused students to Johnson County for ISSMA events Saturday.

The invitational over the weekend gave local bands the chance to prepare for performances next weekend.

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On Saturday, Greenfield-Central and New Palestine bands are slated to perform in the ISSMA Open Class Regional at Lafayette Jefferson High School.

Greenfield-Central, which took second place in state finals last year and is hoping to make it back to Lucas Oil Stadium this season, is slated to perform at 6:35 p.m. New Palestine takes the stage at 8:19 p.m.

They’re among 14 bands competing at the site. The top 10 bands advance to semi-state Oct. 28 at Pike High School in Indianapolis.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.