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#128992 2019 BOA Grand National Championships

Posted by jarrettlipman on 17 November 2019 - 03:29 PM

Just a note to say thank you for the incredible support on the forums this past weekend. The bloggers for TXbands were so uplifting and complimentary, and all of our kids and parents appreciate that love. It is hard not to experience wonder and awe when you consider how blessed we are as a state to have so many incredible programs. To have something like TXbands alongside of that is equally special.

The criticism, banter, discussion, and engagement on these forums is always interesting to read through the year and speaking personally, has impacted many design discussions and sparked conversations with our staff on what we can do better.

Thanks again for the love through the nationals process. It really added a lot for our community.

#129087 2019 BOA Grand National Championships

Posted by dtbm on 19 November 2019 - 12:27 PM

It’s over. I’m done fighting the battle to keep my videos up. I understand that in order to maintain your copyright you must pursue infringers, but a lot of the time it seems like they forget they’re making all this money off kids. All of this money comes from kids in an activity, for fun. Many of these kids never get a chance to see their show from above, to see the product of their hard work for months and months, hours and hours. They put in countless rehearsals, countless reps, and despite this, the quality recordings of their end products are hidden behind a paywall with an exorbitant price. It saddens me that some kids will never get to see their show because of what seems to be corporate greed. But at the end of the day, I expected nothing more, nothing less. Thank you for all your support over this season.


#110197 A Simple Thank You

Posted by Danpod on 28 October 2018 - 04:31 AM

We're still waiting on 4A and 2A results and I'll try to stay up as long as possible to get those posted.

In the meantime, I wanted to say thank you to every single person who visited the site today.  I SEE YOU TOO, GUESTS AND ANONYMOUS PEOPLE!!!!  Thanks to your interest in the website and the Texas marching band activity, we shattered a record tonight for most people online at one time!!!  

I am unbelievably proud of this community's enthusiasm for this activity.  That energy keeps the entire TxBands.com staff powering through a crazy season!!  We are NOT done yet!!!!

Thank you :)

#128274 2019 BOA Grand National Championships

Posted by LKendrick on 05 November 2019 - 09:49 PM

Gonna go to my first GN.  Decided after San Antonio I need to see our Texas group in Indy this year.  Excited!

#94651 Bands Missing State for Grand Nationals?

Posted by jarrettlipman on 26 October 2016 - 03:33 PM


Yes -- Claudia Taylor Johnson is only planning to participate in prelims for area. We have been talking to Dr. Kent over the last few weeks about the best way to proceed without potentially affecting other schools and it seems that was the best compromise.

We began planning our nationals trip during the fall of 2014 knowing it would be a state year but not fully prepared for the decision to split state into two days, which we think is awesome ... but makes for an even longer week for our band members and the potential for up to four days of missed classss for them. We also want our truck and equipment to have ample time to travel /  drive and with the potential for weather that time of year we really want our vehicles to leave Tuesday night and not mid day weds.

We love us some band ... but want our band members fully rested and charged for Indy. We don't go very often and want the trip to be very special and have them fresh for it.

We will be staying to watch area finals and cheer on the other groups and for future will not plan to do nationals on a state year again. We are appreciative of Dr. Kent's understanding and support and are excited for the weeks ahead! #teamTexas will be strong at nationals

Jarrett Lipman

#101044 2017 BOA San Antonio Super Regionals Predictions

Posted by AvonDad on 07 November 2017 - 04:28 PM

It's been not quite a week and over 2300 miles later, our San Antonio adventure has ended.  I have been a reader of TXBands for a few years, but decided to actually "join" this year after getting the details that we were heading to Texas.  I needed to brush up on all the bands down there as I knew it was going to a great competition, but didn't realize how good.  I knew of a few bands after seeing them at LOS for GN and from "that" video site.  I already had a favorite show from there, Reagan's Beyond Perimeters.  I had no idea what UIL was, "8 Hr rule" or "non state year".  Its been quite a learning experience. Thanks for the encouragement from a private message to share my thoughts on the forums.  
Our days in SA have created memories to last a lifetime.  We were welcomed warmly everywhere we went. As my wife and I got to experience the Riverwalk. We had band parents from all over stop and greet us and chat for a few minutes.  For me, the band nerd, I found it very interesting to pass road signs like Round Rock and Leander, places I knew from band names, then see show shirts with all the great Texas bands everywhere.  Not just a couple here and there as I have seen at GN, but they were everywhere.   
Our kiddo had a blast. After some touring in Dallas and practice at Birdville, Flower Mound treated them very well with dinner and some fun times.  Friendships were made.  We recieved an odd text from our kiddo on friday morning that they beat Flower Mound!?!? followed by "...in tug of war".  After practicing at the Alamo Stadium they actually got to go to Prelims and just sit and watch some of the competition on Friday.  With our normal schedule, they don't get to do that and see other bands.  CTJ blew them away and they knew they had to bring their "A" game, which they did they next day.  The competition was fierce as there were so many great bands bringing their best and I don't think you can get much closer from 2-6 place than how it ended up.... We can ignore last years GN, but we now hold the record for the highest score for 2nd place. :)  I'm not sure if anyone ever predicted the placements for that night.  I remember seeing a post about someone getting a chicken and letting them pick the prediction and it would do just as good.  I also liked the prediction... 1st - Texas band or one from Indiana. 2nd - Texas band or one from Indiana...... I did read where there was a concern about our kids since they didn't medal after the long trip.  When I asked our kiddo that same question, the respsonse was... WE BROKE 95, I'm GOOD!
My take aways.... 
- I'd would do this again in a minute.  Being a band nerd, its was exciting to see all these great bands together in one place.  The amount of work, time, committment each and everyone of these kids have done over the season in their programs is incredible and each one deserves their own standing ovation. 
- Cheering for you own band as they take they field DOES happen outside of Indiana.  We began to wonder after previous competitions where other band parents were much more reserved.  I guess we are just a little loud so our kiddos can hear us on the field. :)
- I was glad about our musical "Tip of the Hat" to our fellow Texas bands.  I don't recall Avon ever changing their warm up before, and especially having the kids to wave a thank you to the crowd at finals performance was an experience for us as well.    
- I still miss stuff when watching the performance and I have an idea what is supposed to happen.  I keep missing the horn toss!  There was a massive trumpet toss across the gym floor in our WGI winds routine last year that made you gasp, so yep, they practice that wherever.  
- We got to talk to people about the meaning behind our show and how its a testament over how the program has been built over the years.  Our kiddos even signed their names on bricks outside their band room.
- We left with beef jerky, fudge, peanut brittle and discovered Beaver Nuggets!
- One complaint... Lucas Oil has escalators. :)
- watching practice from the shade in 90 degree weather is more fun for the parents, than from the stands in 30 degree weather the past weekend.
- discovered the Dan Podcast.
- Leander, Plugerville, Round Rock, Keller, Vista Ridge, Hendrickson, The Woodlands, Flower Mound are some that I remember we talked with personally. Texas left a positive impression with us and friends were made all around.  We would hope to somehow return the hospitality someday.  
- ....and we got to see history in the making with that OUTSTANDING performance from CTJ! Hallelujah!  
Thank you again for your amazing welcome and now on to Grand Nats Y'All!
Edit: They posted a brief story behind our show this year.  I heard its a speech given to the kids each season and the meaning behind the bricks.

#105108 Area B 2018

Posted by meursault on 19 September 2018 - 04:35 PM

I really don’t mean to be rude here, but read through this thread. Does anyone else think it’s a bit exhausting how much two or three accounts are constantly trying to boost a certain school? There’s very little actual discussion about the Area for the majority of the thread.

Y’all had a great show last year and did well at the super regional you competed in. Let’s wait till your school has a competition this season before we continue to get crazy with all our predictions and debates.

#127377 2019 BOA San Antonio

Posted by VMHSBandDad on 02 November 2019 - 08:03 PM

Greetings everyone! I’ve been lurking in the sidelines following everyone’s comments and the topic of band fees is a subject that is near and dear to me, having spent 12 years as the President of the Vista Murrieta boosters. To put things in perspective, in Calif it’s illegal to charge any band fees or fees for travel, plus there is almost no funding from the schools or districts. Plus, all staff except the Director, is paid by the boosters. So when you see a Vista Murrieta or Ayala (for the most part the only two bands in the state that travel) 100% of their operating costs (travel, music, instruments, uniforms, staff, etc) are covered by donations and fundraising. Just a trip to GN or San Antonio is a $275,000 expense, plus normal operating costs.

For us, trips like this are all about providing our kids with positive life experiences, and we couldn’t be more impressed with the wonderful hospitality of everyone in San Antonio! Thank you!!!

#126696 2019 BOA San Antonio

Posted by AvonDad on 30 October 2019 - 12:25 AM

understand that this is the most difficult super regional in the country - many great bands are going to be on the outside looking in  - it is just that stiff a competition 

...and that's why I'm looking forward to finals this Saturday.  Catching up on the past days posts only adds to the excitement.  Back in 2017, SA ranked better as a contest for me than GN after watching both of them live.  Just going over possible finalists, no one really has a clue how its going to play out before they hit the field.  Sure there are a handful of "yeah, this one will be there", but then those get tossed around in and out when other groups get remembered that maybe were overlooked the first time.... and you run out of slots.   There are so many bands that are so close together that you could rerun the contest a few days later and come up with completely different results.  Its not a knock to any particular band that may not make finals, even if it was their best run of the season, its the fact that performance levels are so incredible from all the groups that its hard to squeeze in, what 14?, bands to try and run it again Sat night.  If I remember correctly, LD Bell broke 90 and didn't make finals in 2017 and there was something like 1.6 points separating 2nd through 6th place.  SA is monster of a competition and the time to leave it all on the field, pushing for the best run of the year when your band is announced.  Good luck to the all the groups this weekend and give it your all! I overheard a director tell his group when they entered the field "Breathe it all in guys!  This is what you have worked for!"  Now I have to go pack.

#112324 2018 6A State

Posted by BrewersGrill2319 on 07 November 2018 - 02:19 AM

While the night is still young...I have one word:


Tonight was special. Everyone sounded amazing and never before have I been in a room with people filled with so much joy. Being a part of the Johnson stampede running into Vista's retreat block might actually be my favorite part of the season. Great job Vista Ridge, FloMo and Vandegrift for medalling and to everyone else participating in the contest.

Words cannot describe my experience.

#100882 2017 BOA San Antonio Super Regionals Predictions

Posted by OneOfMany on 06 November 2017 - 07:58 AM

I know that there are a few people from Avon who have been following this thread. I just want to reach out to you and vicariously to the Avon Black and Gold and say what an honor it is that you came and joined us this weekend. Looking at your past BOA results I realized that it has been many years since you have missed out on a medal at any event, and I hope that this doesn't discourage you. Your show is fantastic and I am certain will be right at the top at grand nationals. I hope you enjoyed your time in Texas. I would also like to say thank you for what you have done to improve the nature of marching band in our state. Simply by coming this year, you fostered an environment of competitiveness that has pushed our "bubble bands" to improve in vast measures to keep up. In addition, you have given some of our good bands that aren't quite ready to make the trip or that don't have the funding to go to grand nationals the chance to see a truly phenomenal visual program which is rare to witness here. I hope that the band and all associated parties have safe travels home and I can't wait to see what you accomplish next week!

As an Avon mom, I followed this thread from the beginning. Until this weekend, I did not want to register here, because I felt this was a Texas site/forum. Who am I to share a view in something that is clearly not my space? This post, however, was the tipping point. Thank you so very much for your encouraging words to our Avon Marching Black and Gold family. You are correct: our kids are used to getting medals at BOA events; however, this experience is worth its weight in gold. Please accept our (more than 300 and counting, as I shared your post on Avon Town Chatter pages) heartfelt thanks to you and to all of the Texas staff, parents, students, announcers, etc. for such a warm welcome. It was both humbling and inspiring. 


If you'll allow me, I want to share a few other thoughts from the weekend:

  • Flower Mound opened their home to our kids. The kids broke bread, played games, laughed, and just enjoyed each other's company. Our daughter is one of many in a group chat with kids from FloMo. These kids became friends. Avon kids and FloMo kids will hang out and compete again next weekend. How cool is that?
  • Parents from various Texas bands made us feel at home and shared unsolicited encouragement when they saw our Avon shirts. 
  • More than a hundred Avon parents made the trip to support our kids. Many more wanted to go, but traveling is cost prohibitive. Instead, they sacrificed their own experience for their kids. Again, humbling and inspiring..
  • Now, let's talk about the San Antonio Super Regional. Not going to lie, I have never missed one of Avon's BOA events since our daughter's freshman year; however, this was beyond special. I finally understand that everything IS bigger and better in Texas. This was by far the BEST marching band competition EVER. I am truly looking forward to next weekend's Grand Nationals. Spectators are not going to be disappointed. This will be a showdown to beat all showdowns: Texas, Broken Arrow, Carmel, and many other fierce competitors from across this great nation. 
  • Avon Marching Black and Gold parents (for decades) provide a standing ovation for all marching bands after every performance - prelim or finals. It was so nice to see many Texas parents do the same. Talk about synergy... yes, yes, and yes... all of our kids work so hard.  

More than two decades ago, Stephen Covey shared the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One of his principles - sharpen the saw - came to mind all weekend. San Antonio Super Regional brought out the best in students across Texas and your Avon Indiana friends, too. They know and observed first hand - when everyone pushes the limit, leaving their heart and soul on the field, the competition strengthens, and everyone benefits. 


Thanks again, Texas. Our family (again, one of many) will never forget this experience. We are #teamtexas fans for life. Best to all of you as you continue your pursuit of excellence whether in Texas UIL, Grand Nats, or in your preparation for 2018. Mad respect!

#94385 2016 6A State Predictions

Posted by bandobando on 20 October 2016 - 04:52 AM

In response to these "controversial" posts about Flower Mound. I can guarantee you 100% that FMHS follows the 8-hour rule. Do people really think they would risk the consequences? Furthermore, as NTXBandFan stated, the band simply learns/reviews fundamental marching in May to get them ready for marching season. It's a good time to start learning because it gives the band members a basic understanding of the activity before summer (when so many people are out of town). And they don't start learning drill until several days after August 1. (Keep in mind they have a competition band and a JV band. Summer rehearsals and the first few days of band camp are used to sort through band members and assign them to a specific marching band. It would be impossible to learn drill with more band members than drill spots in the competition band.)

Flower Mound's rehearsal schedule has been nearly identical the past >4 years. If they were "cheating" the UIL standards, it would've been uncovered by now. Nothing is different this year other than the fact that everything aligned for an incredible show perfected by a hardworking staff and performed by extremely dedicated students.

Other bands are doing wonderfully. But there is no denying the fact that Flower Mound just has an amazing show completely suited for them. And frankly, this isn't that much of a surprise; FM has been building its reputation and performance ability throughout its last 5 or so seasons. You can see their development in the competition results, especially since 2014 when they went to Grand Nats.

Flower Mound puts in the same amount of time as Hebron, Marcus, etc. There is literally no question. They're just an awesome band surrounded by other awesome bands. Don't discredit their success, especially on the basis of very little evidence!

#129091 2019 BOA Grand National Championships

Posted by natertater21000 on 19 November 2019 - 01:20 PM

It’s over. I’m done fighting the battle to keep my videos up. I understand that in order to maintain your copyright you must pursue infringers, but a lot of the time it seems like they forget they’re making all this money off kids. All of this money comes from kids in an activity, for fun. Many of these kids never get a chance to see their show from above, to see the product of their hard work for months and months, hours and hours. They put in countless rehearsals, countless reps, and despite this, the quality recordings of their end products are hidden behind a paywall with an exorbitant price. It saddens me that some kids will never get to see their show because of what seems to be corporate greed. But at the end of the day, I expected nothing more, nothing less. Thank you for all your support over this season.


Flo's complete monopoly on the streaming and recording of the marching arts is incredibly frustrating. Especially due to it being nearly twice as expensive and half as good as videos used to be (ESPECIALLY in terms of stream quality). The fact that their extreme price buys me a stream that can't decide if it's 1080p or 144p, or if it's recorded on high quality sound equipment or a flip phone is disgraceful. That's not even mentioning the adds that crashed my stream after every band (exclusively rocket mortgage I might add) or the fact that we get no archive of any kind. It's shamefully bad flo. For the sake of the students, parents, and Educators, get it together.

#127931 2019 BOA San Antonio

Posted by banddad84 on 03 November 2019 - 03:40 PM

spending the past few days working at the San Antonio SR - I have a new appreciation for the event from many angles.


I have attended the event since 2011, first as a parent, than as an alumni supporter, and now returning as a freshman parent that worked the event. I was amazed at the amount of work that goes into the event, I got to see the number of people and the overall hours that goes into the event, the number of people that are involved and the dedication. truly amazing. An to know that so many of them are doing it for the love of the art and dedication to the kids - 


But what touched me the most was the 2 full days of raw emotion. Seeing the tears of kids who may of had a bad run, a senior coming off the field in prelims knowing it may be their last performance of their high school career, kids in pain from a broken finger from a rifle toss, a sprained ankle from a trip, or a dislocated knee after getting hit by a prop. More than 15,000 kids crossed the floor of the dome. it was amazing to see up close and personal and it truly touched me. In the stands or on Flomarching, you do not see the emotion that plays into the event.


We all talk on this site of who will place where in this event, and while the results this year where not to my liking, I have a new respect for all those that make the event possible and the kids that leave everything they have on that field regardless of where they place.  


for those that would like to share in this love of the marching arts at this event and plan to attend next year - I plan to offer a chance for you to come to the dome, spend a few hours working and see the emotion first hand. I promise to feed you, get you into the event for free and provide you with whatever obnoxious colored t shirt we are offering next year.


congrats to every kid that crossed the field the past 2 days - as Dan Potter says - You are all winners!! 

#112559 Grand Nationals 2018???

Posted by LKendrick on 10 November 2018 - 02:52 AM

Congratulations to Prosper on advancing to BOA Grand National Semifinals!  

#112308 2018 6A State

Posted by Danpod on 07 November 2018 - 12:29 AM

*deep breath*

Vista.  Ridge.  Ranger.  Band. 

The State Title has been Found.

#112306 2018 6A State

Posted by principalagent on 07 November 2018 - 12:06 AM



  • The Austin Area has not won a top class state marching title since Crockett in the 80s. Thank you VISTA FREAKIN RIDGE for bringing it home!!!!!! This is also Leander ISD's first gold medal (obviously) in the top class. In the modern era, they are the first band since Marcus to win on their first appearance in 5A/6A state finals. They are the first non DFW winner in 20 actual, full on years. Thank you Vista Ridge.
  • And congrats to Vandegrift for pulling off a medal!! Now, half of LISD has medaled in the top class (Cedar Park in 2004, and the obvious). Leander almost did in 1996 and 2000, but did not quite get there.
  • However, because Leander shot to 5th, LISD-South joins LISD-North as the only other school district to place three schools in the top half of the top class. This is also the largest amount of Austin Area representation in top class state finals in recent history.
  • Flower Mound has nothing to be ashamed of. Their show was undoubtedly stellar, and a medal has been kept in Lewisville ISD for 7 cycles now.
  • Collectively, Lewisville ISD has had three straight cycles of three bands in finals. I think this will continue for at least another cycle or two. 
  • Congrats to Waxahachie and Cedar Ridge for their performances!! Great entrants into the SMBC.


Throughout the 80s and 90s, the power center of marching band was in Houston. Duncanville and Bell broke that and it stayed in DFW for two decades. Ever since Bowie started making a run at a state medal and Cedar Park and Vandegrift cleaned up 4A/5A, I knew the power was shifting to Austin. Especially once Leander and Round Rock began their renaissance.


But it now finally arrived. I think the power is finally tipping towards Austin. As an Austin Area native, I cannot be more excited. (But maybe I should knock on wood - DFW did get one more band in finals than Austin did)!

#86397 2013 BOA San Antonio Super Regional

Posted by Jackson1 on 30 October 2013 - 08:48 PM

Not to get Doctor Phil"ish" but here is my advice for all bands:


1.  DON"T WORRY ABOUT OTHER BANDS! - They are doing exactly what you are doing.  Cleaning and polishing their show to put on the best product they can.  You cannot control that so focus on your show and your role.


2.  APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT! -   Win or lose, think about the support you have had in order to get here.  Band directors and staff, parents, student leadership, etc.  Your have an army behind you.


3.  ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE - Bond with friends.  Enjoy the trip.  Remember everyone there has a love of music and marching.  Break out of your comfort zone and meet other people from other areas.  You don't get the chance to meet so many other people from so many other places with the same passion.  Reach out!!!!


4.  JUST PLAY!!!!!! -  That rush of adrenaline you get right before walking on the field - Use it, harness it, own it!!!!  Play your heart out!!!   Leave the field thinking "I didn't leave anything out on that field and neither did the rest of my team". 




Good luck to all!!!

#124740 Texas Marching Classic 2019

Posted by LeanderMomma on 16 October 2019 - 07:57 PM



This seems to happen more often than not unfortunately. Though no ones fault. 


I'm going to say something here, though.  We may not be taking a Reagan show to GN this year, but what we ARE taking is HUGELY entertaining this season.  I am SO excited about each and every show the Texas bands are taking to GN.  Will we walk out with the Gold?  Maybe, maybe not.  Will the folks in LOS remember the shows the Texas bands put on this fall?  ABSOLUTELY.  (Yes, I'm yelling).  I think Vandy is putting out their most powerful and beautiful product to date, CTJ is absolutely giving us their most entertaining show yet (for all ages this time), TWHS is giving us a Broken Arrow type performance, Hebron is going to be mind blowing musically, Round Rock is pulling it together I've heard (and their uniforms are to DIE for), and Leander is putting out another show that is a huge crowd pleaser like the 4th Dimension was.  I think THIS is what Texas does.  We bring a product for the "everyman" fan.  And we are darn good at it.   Personally, I don't want to start looking and sounding like the rest of the country, whether that wins us medals in the Indy arena or not.  I just want our performances to be memorable and attention grabbing, and they are that for sure.  When non Texans leave the stadium, I want them to say, "I'm so glad the Texas bands came."  And I believe that they will.  

#111788 2019 BOA San Antonio

Posted by principalagent on 05 November 2018 - 03:33 PM

Of course, this very vague prediction could already be off if an out of state heavy hitter decides to join in on the fun.


Everyone else is afraid. Tarpon Springs and Broken Arrow both don't want to risk losing a regional, and Blue Springs doesn't want to lose a medal (and end up in the bottom half). Avon now gets to say they did it, but lost their streak of medals in the process. It's cost prohibitive for Dobyns-Bennett and Wando isn't a band that travels much. Every other band - quite literally every other one in question - would be in grave danger of missing finals.


For better or worse, this regional is Texas's turf. Other bands can come at their own risk.