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

The date for the 43rd Annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta has been set. The 2021 Fiesta will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The event is sponsored by the University of New Mexico Bands and remains one of the most prestigious marching band events in the Southwest. 

As we plan for this event we will be following all health protocols required by Bernalillo County and the State of New Mexico. We will communicate those protocols to you as they are updated this fall. Please understand that, due to the ongoing pandemic, limitations may be placed on spectator numbers and seating, and our traditional routing schedule may be adjusted to ensure the safety of performing ensembles and create social distance within the stadium.

As you may know, holding the Fiesta every year requires that our program generate enough revenue to cover the overhead costs of the event, which are considerable. Because of the potential for limitations on travel, participating bands, ticketing, and revenue generation, we must reserve the right to cancel the event if it appears financially untenable. If that remote possibility were to become reality, your entrance fees will be returned to you. We will make the final determination of event feasibility no later than October 1st.

We hope to see you in Albuquerque!  If you would like to register, please fill out the accompanying registration packet and submit it by July 16, 2021. We will draw each class’s order on July 19, 2021 and notify you of your performance time that afternoon. Any registrations submitted after July 16, 2021 will be assigned times as the schedule permits. Registration closes on September 20, 2021. At that time ALL paperwork (such as Announcer forms and Synchronization forms) must be submitted as well.

Click HERE for current Zia Routing Schedule.




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Tickets for the contest are available 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