The band Metallica wants to find the hardest, most metal, matching band in the United States. Two Minnesota high schools and one college are in the running, and YOU can help your favorite come out on top.

It's Metallica's “For Whom the Band Tolls!” marching band competition and the public has been tasked with helping to pick winners.

The winning bands will win musical equipment for their school from Metallica and their sponsors. Voting started on November 17 and the winners will be announced on January 1, 2024. (VOTE HERE)

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Metallica wants to find the band that can rock their music the hardest. They say they want the marching bands to "...craft the most exciting, unique, and impressive" performances of Metallica's music.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is competing in the college category and two high schools in Minnesota are in the running: Eastern Carver County in Chaska, MN, and Fillmore Central Public Schools in Harmony, MN.

Watch the entries from the University of Duluth, Eastern Carver County, and Fillmore Central's entries below.

Go HERE and scroll down to vote Or text the listed hashtag to (833) 609-0330 to vote..

How Does the Metallica Marching Band Competition Work?

Winners will be chosen from five categories:

  1. COLLEGIATE DIVISION 1 - $75,000 IN PRIZING
  2. COLLEGIATE DIVISION 2, 3 - $40,000 IN PRIZING
  3. HIGH SCHOOL:
    1. SMALL < 75 BAND MEMBERS - $15,000 IN PRIZING
    2. MEDIUM 75-124 BAND MEMBERS - $15,000 IN PRIZING
    3. LARGE 125+ BAND MEMBERS - $15,000 IN PRIZING
  4. FAN FAVORITE COLLEGIATE (ACROSS ALL DIVISIONS) - $10,000 IN PRIZING
  5. FAN FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL - $10,000 IN PRIZING

"High School and Collegiate winners will be narrowed down to five finalists by professional judges, furnished by Conn-Selmer. Metallica will select the final prize winners in each category. Fan Favorite winners will be the result of fan voting."

Go HERE and scroll down to vote. Or text the listed hashtag to (833) 609-0330 to vote.

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