Inglewood High School returns to the Home Depot Center in November to defend its Battle of the High School Marching Bands 2008 championship title. The Sentinels will compete against local rivals Compton, Crenshaw, and Dominquez highs as well as four out-of-state schools–Lithonia High (Lithonia, Ga.); James S. Rickards High School (Tallahassee, Fl); Sephen F. Austin High (Houston); and Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High (Beaumount, Texas).

The schools will battle it out Nov. 20 at the Home Depot Center in Carson “Southern show style” before a panel of collegiate band directors and celebrity guests for a $10,000 grand prize, which can be used to purchase new instruments or uniforms. These eight finalists were selected from among the more than 100 high school marching bands that applied to compete in the 2010 battle of the bands, which marks the sixth competition in seven years. Inglewood High claimed the top prize in 2006 and 2008.