At 9am, November 17th, the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band needs your help in a nationwide contest from Metallica, and all you have to do is cast your vote.

Earlier this year, Metallica offered up a challenge to marching bands around the United States, looking for which band could perform their music the best. The Cyclone Marching Band slated their entry during the Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State game.

To vote for Iowa State, you can text #UIOWASTATE to (833) 609-0330.

If you're more of an Iowa Hawkeyes fan, all you have to do is text #UIOWA to the same number.

While you're at it, be sure to vote for Waterloo East High School in the High School category by texting #HSWATERLOOE to the same number.

Metallica has chosen 13 tracks from their catalog for the contest, including Creeping Death, Enter Sandman, Fade to Black, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fuel, Hit the Lights, Master of Puppets, One, Sad But True, Seek & Destroy, The Unforgiven and Wherever I May Roam. It also includes their new song, Lux Æterna, from the new album 72 Seasons.

There are five categories of competition for this contest, with two collegiate winners receiving $75,000 and $40,000. Three high school winner will receive a $15,000 prize in their respective size divisions. A "fan favorite" choice from the collegiate division and high school divisions will each receive $10,000.

The winners in each category will receive a donation of instruments and equipment for their programs, from Metallica themselves and their sponsors, which include:

  • Tama
  • KHS America
  • Zildjian
  • D’Addario
  • Gator
  • Sweetwater

The winners of this awesome contest

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