Multiple high school marching bands in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys have entered a contest run by a legendary metal band in the hopes of winning big.

The band Metallica is currently hosting the "For Whom The Band Tolls" contest in which high school and college marching bands from across the country are tasked with crafting a unique and creative performance of one of Metallica's many hit songs.

The schools must then submit a video of their band's performance to be voted for on the band's website.

From there, high school and collegiate winners will be narrowed down to five finalists by professional judges and the band will choose the final prize winners in each category.

The five categories and their respective prizes are as follows:

- Fan Favorite (High School): $10,000 in prizing

- Fan Favorite (Collegiate): $10,000 in prizing

- High School (Small, Medium and Large): $15,000 in prizing each

- Collegiate (Division 2 and 3): $40,000 in prizing

- Collegiate (Division 1): $75,000 in prizing

Winners will receive musical equipment for their school furnished by Metallica and its sponsors.

The following Valley schools have entries in the contest:

- Boardman High School

- Hubbard High School

- South Range High School

- West Branch High School

- West Middlesex High School

These schools are among the 102 total that submitted in this category. No Valley schools have entered the collegiate categories.

Folks can vote for their high school's band in one of two ways. They can view each video and vote for their favorite on Metallica's website, or simply text the hashtag for their respective school to (833) 609-0330.

The hashtag for each school is #HS followed by the name of the school you're voting for. (EXAMPLE: #HSBOARDMAN or #HSSRANGE).

The winners will be announced January 1, 2024.