The University of New Mexico Bands
Department of Music
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505- 277-8998


Zia Marching Band Fiesta

Buy your tickets HERE for the Zia Marching Band Fiesta!

Click HERE for the 2016 Fiesta Handbook

The 39th Annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta will be held on October 29, 2016 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The competition is limited to the first 32 applicants. Bands compete within their classes during preliminary competition. The top 10 bands from preliminary competition (regardless of class size) advance to the final round of competition.

Performance times are scheduled in reverse order of receipt of entry applications (the first application received performs latest in the day). The Grand Champion from the previous competition has the option to be scheduled to perform last in the preliminary competition, and the  Zia New Mexico champion (if not the grand champion) is scheduled to perform in the penultimate position.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $375.  Class size is determined by the size of the school, not the size of the band.  Bands of America© judging criteria are used to determine scores and placement. 

Click on the icon below to access the 2016 Zia Application Packet. Please note, Applications will be accepted via email starting 8am Monday May 2, 2016. Early applications will not be accepted.

Application PacketZia HistoryResults


Tickets for the contest are available only at the gate on the date of the contest. Ticket prices are as follows:

  Adults Students
All Day $16 $9
Prelims $11 $6
Finals $11 $6