Contest History

ISSMA CONTEST HISTORY

At ISSMA festivals, ensembles earn a rating of Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation based on judges evaluations of their performance on three prepared selections. Participants choose to enter at various “Group” levels based on the difficulty of their music (except Marching Band, which does not have group levels), with “V” being the easiest and “I” being the most difficult. Sight-reading is also considered at the High School level. An ensemble earning an extremely high Gold rating may be given the rating of “Gold With Distinction,” ISSMA’s highest ensemble honor (except for a state finals appearance).

The Perry Meridian High School Band program is an ISSMA All-Music Award winner for 2002-2003, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, & 2023-2024

*denotes a Gold in sightreading

^denotes a with Distinction award

Concert Bands


State Finalists: 1989, 1987, 1986 (7th place)


Wind Ensemble

Group I

Gold: 2024, 2023^*, 2022, 2019, 2017, 2016^*, 2015*, 2014, 2013*, 2012*, 2011*, 2010*, 2009*, 2008*, 2007*, 2006*, 2005*, 2003*

Silver: 2018*


Symphonic Band

Group I

Gold: 2002*, 1997*, 1996*, 1995*, 1992*, 1989*, 1987*, 1986

Silver: 1994*

Group II

Gold: 2024*, 2022^, 2018*, 2015*, 2013*, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009*, 2008*, 2003

Silver: 2017, 2014, 2007*, 1983

Group III

Gold: 2023*

Silver: 2019*, 2016*


Concert Band

Group III

Gold: 2024*, 2022, 2019*, 2003, 2002*, 1997, 1996, 1993

Silver: 1995, 1994, 1987, 1986, 1983

Group IV

Gold: 2023, 2010, 2009

Silver: 2008


Jazz Bands

PMHS Jazz Band (Meridian Street Blues)

Group I

Gold: 2024^, 2023^, 2022^, 2021, 2020^, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2003, 2002, 1997, 1994

Silver: 2014, 2008, 2007, 2006


Jazz Lab (2022-23 School year: Blue (B) and Silver (S), 2023-24 and beyond: 2 O’Clock (2) and 3 O’Clock (3) Jazz Labs)

Group III

Silver: 2023 (S), 2022

Group IV

Gold: 2024 (2), 2024 (3), 2023 (B)


Marching Falcons

ISSMA District/Open Class Invitational/Scholastic Prelims

Gold: 2023, 2022^, 2021^, 2019^, 2018^, 2017^, 2015, 2014, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1973

Silver: 2016, 2013, 2006, 2000, 1989, 1980

ISSMA Regionals

Gold: 2023, 2022, 2002, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

Silver: 2003, 2001, 1999, 1990, 1981

ISSMA Scholastic Finals

2021 – 5th place

2019 – 5th place

Participant – 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014