The Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) is Ohio’s premier winter performance venue for winter guard, winds and indoor percussion ensembles throughout Ohio and surrounding areas. With more than 100 member and guest ensembles competing each weekend between the months of January and April, MEPA has an impact on more than 2,000 performers, 500 music educators, nearly 100 adjudicators, and over 8,000 spectators each season. Our events and learning opportunities would not be possible if it were not for the sponsors who believe in the power of music education and the performing arts!

2023 Sponsors and Partners

Educational Sponsor - Bluecoats - Founded in 1972, Bluecoats is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts education organization known around the world for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, The Blue Way Educational Events, Bluecoats School of the Arts, Rhythm IN BLUE, and more. Bluecoats brings performing arts education to thousands of aspiring young musicians in Stark County and around the globe.

Official Strategic Partner - Drum Corps International - DCI is marching music's major league! Head to a DCI Event near you this summer to see and hear the signs and sounds of the best drum corps in the world!

Official Housing Sponsor - Courtyard by Marriott at UD Arena / Concord Hotels - Feel at home from the moment you arrive at the Courtyard Dayton – University of Dayton hotel and receive a warm welcome from our friendly staff. This stylish hotel near the University of Dayton Arena-minutes from downtown Dayton and right off Interstate 75 offers all of the comfort you expect from a Marriott hotel. Call the hotel directly to reserve your room today at 937-220-9060.

Official Scholarship Sponsorship - Fred J. Miller, Inc. - Deeply ingrained in the very fabric of modern pageantry, the FJM family stands as an involved, active, and creative member of the pageantry community, with strong ties and relationships. With over 55 years of Colorguard, Dance Team, Drum Major, and Band Leadership Clinics, and a team of Winter Guard International, Bands of America, and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame honorees, the very character of FJM has been forged by "leading through serving". To inspire students to grow and thrive, they are honored to sponsor and support pageantry activities, especially scholarships.

Official Custom Design Sponsor - Synced Up Designs - Synced Up Designs is a leading provider for marching band, color guard, and drumline ensembles - offering high quality music and visual design, custom and catalog uniforms, field props and graphics, printed floors, audio carts and more. Synced Up serves ensembles of all sizes, experience levels, and styles.

Official Circuit Championships Presenting Sponsor - TheMarchingArts.com - The Marching Arts.com is all things marching arts, indoor and out. They strive to provide the best products at the best prices, allowing programs and students to shine their brightest! Based out of Sylvania, Ohio, The Marching Arts is a family-owned company that works hard to cultivate personal relationships with all of their clients. This customer-based focus keeps clients coming back year after year. TMA is privileged and honored to be a dealer for Director's Showcase International (DSI), Style Plus, Digital Performance Gear (DPG), and Jarvis.