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  1. 5 points
    PSHSMom

    2020 Band Productions

    Plano Senior High School Band Show: The Swan Featured Music: Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Arrival of the Birds - Cinematic Orchestra The Swan - Saint-Saens ------------- Loving the musical selections for this, just hope we get the shows in this year. It will be my last year as a band parent (high school anyway!)
  2. 5 points
    LHSax

    2020 Marching Season

    The Oracle has spoken. Hope VR and Hendrickson can figure out their penalty issues later in the season, no room for that at SA. Can’t wait to hear what will happen at all the other regionals, but maybe add a spoiler alert tag next time? Some people just can’t handle it yet.
  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    TWHSPercDad

    2020 Band Productions

    And the assistant director; my daughter! Yes; all the best to the Jordan High School Band!
  5. 3 points
    This quarantine has given me a lot of time on my hands so my boredom crafted a quite extensive/unbiased list of what I think are the best current marching bands in Texas. Full disclaimer that this list is fully opinionated and not official at all; I just simply wanted to stir up some discussion during these boring times. Plus power rankings are kinda cool. That being said, I compiled this list using results from every marching contest I could find from the past relevant years (BOA, UIL, USBands, Texas Marching Classic, etc.) so this is not a "best BOA bands" or "best UIL bands" list; just straight up best marching bands list. If you guys want to give your two cents on the list or suggest your own modification, please feel free too; I would like to know what the consensus is on this. Again, as I was making this list I realized how volatile placements can be throughout a season; no ordinal/placement/ranking will ever decide how great a marching band is; there are so many variables that factor into every single performance; I love and respect every single band on and not on this list simply for my respect of the craft. Hope you guys enjoy. I will be updating this weekly once the season commences. Ronald Reagan Vandegrift Hebron Vista Ridge Leander Claudia Taylor Johnson Marcus Flower Mound The Woodlands L.D. Bell James Bowie Keller Round Rock Haltom Pearland Cedar Ridge Westwood Coppell Westlake Cedar Park Wylie Waxahachie Prosper Stephen F. Austin South Lake Carroll Lake Travis Highland Park Wakeland Oak Ridge Rouse Winston Churchill James Martin Brazoswood Clear Brook Dawson Hendrickson Bridgeland Cy-Fair North Shore Seven Lakes Burleson Centennial Louis D. Brandeis Next 10 in Alphabetical Order Clements Friendswood James E. Taylor John B. Alexander Keller Central Klein Oak Obra D. Tompkins J. P. Stevens Weiss Wylie East ver. 1.01
  6. 3 points
    XCTFG Mom

    2020 Boa Grand Nationals

    I try really hard to look at things objectively. There are a lot of factors here that lots of folks may not take into consideration. This is a state year for 6A. With the guidelines from UIL good for the summer, it's hard to imagine what life might look like in March. Financial. Some parents may not be in a position to afford to send their kid to GN that they may have been in March. Personal. Some parents may not be comfortable sending their kids on a plane after Covid-19. The District - Who knows what their thoughts on all of this travel may be. The fact that some state colleges are laying off staff already, and making drastic changes at the academic level by shutting schools down after November 24th, I can't imagine what that might do to schools. Now, as a parent, I'm super devastated for the kids, and especially my girl. This is supposed to be the time of her life. Right now, her focus should be her senior year. Now she's starting to look beyond that because, well, in her words, "It's almost like this whole thing is making me feel like I shouldn't even bother. There is literally nothing to get excited about." Cruel words to hear from a 17 year old. I need marching band to happen. I need to see Westwood put on a top notch show and I need to see them go to State because they are that good. Do I know that's gonna happen? Nope. But I'm praying hard every day for every high school kid out there that they get some semblance of normal for the next school year. Oh..and eff you Covid.
  7. 3 points
    zoomer

    2020 Band Productions

    SFA 2020 - Odyssey Mont Blanc - Otto Schwartz Dance Mvt. 1 - Oliver Davis Spiral for Violin, Piano, and String: Mvt.1 - Oliver Davis Remedium - Yoko Kanno Music from Blue Planet II - Hans Zimmer
  8. 3 points
    JeremiahW

    2020 Marching Season

    if you're gonna predict penalties, you at least have to accurately apply the tie-breaking rules. If two bands tie in post-penalty score, the band with the higher pre-penalty score receives the higher ranking. If that doesn't break the tie, then the infamous GE tiebreaker is used.
  9. 3 points
    Banddad84 didn't reference stats, he referenced data. There is a difference. The data is what it is, the statistics that are derived from it are where most of the games are played. Of course games can be played with data, but that is different from the stats games (straight up lying vs lying via cherry picking). In banddad84's reference, the data most likely has not been falsified as it is actually fairly easy for your opponents to check up on you since this isn't experimental data.
  10. 2 points
    You got a great program! Dont ever feel otherwise. I was in the audience at BOA stl finals and was blown away! Very deserving of their 9th place finish.
  11. 2 points
    Also, something I want to address since I know what people think about us: I understand that there are a lot of reasons to dislike Southlake Carroll, but please don't drag the band down for that. While I'm not proud of everything that happens at our school, the band students have never been a part of those incidents. We start every season in the same place as every other Texas band and don't have any real advantages despite what others think. We've only started to really be successful in recent years and I could not be more proud of how far this program has come. We work just as hard as any other program, and any awards we've received are ones we've earned.
  12. 2 points
    You forget St Louis results exist, as well as Aledo dropping to 6th at the Waco regional, BCent falling below Lake Travis at San Antonio, and Colleyville Heritage missing state finals. So I would agree with having Carroll above the three. It's a power ranking based on the end of the season, not early season results.
  13. 2 points
    MikeKyu

    2020 Band Productions

    The staff that Cedar Park has brought in for this show is stunning. Big time chops. For a transition year with the retirement of Steve Wessels this show is extremely exciting. It is a large nod to what Mr. Wessels has done with an eye to new design language and arrangements for the future. They also worked in nods to the school song in the intro and outro which is a great concept in and of itself. This show is going to be extremely fun and for fans of Cedar Park somewhat familiar while very new. Each section, as has been published, will get at least one featured section.
  14. 2 points
    bandtingz

    2020 Band Productions

    Cedar Park Band 2020: "Roots" Here is a link to the reveal. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gKjxsm83SUSXRrkespVTNkNjwkJKiylr/view Very excited to march this show! New uniforms as well!
  15. 2 points
    J-Mike16

    2020 Band Productions

    Yesssss!!!!! I love Arrival of the Birds!!!!! I like this show already!!!
  16. 2 points
    LeanderMomma

    2020 Marching Season

    You guys, he’s a complete Newbie and look how quickly y’all have been taken in under his spell. I’m so disappointed...
  17. 2 points
    MadisonBandMan1

    2020 Band Productions

    I would like to present the show for the 2020 Madison High School Band: "Dusk to Dawn" Featuring the following: A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics - James Horner A Child's Garden of Dreams - David Maslanka Rest - Frank Ticheli Dream on - Aerosmith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-LuEq9wTE8&t=28s I hope you enjoy! I personally am really excited to see this from the stands. I can already tell that this is going to be an amazing show to watch and I wish I could be there to perform it. I can't believe that I am not going to be out there for the first time in four years. Now that this is the first full show that our new director has had the chance to design for us I know that this band is going to go great places this season - assuming that we even have one. Go Mavs!
  18. 2 points
    Quite honestly I think its still to early to know what will happen. My guess is that there will be SOMETHING. Bands keep announcing shows as well as leadership teams, and from what I hear, band directors are planning on moving forward with the idea that marching season will happen unless told they absolutely cannot. There was also a very good point made about how although cases are not going down, the number of hospitalizations are drastically. I have also spoken to a few band parents, and they all seem both optimistic, and comfortable with the idea. My best speculation as of right now is that we will see SOME kind of marching season, but for for 2020 at least, it will look different in ways.
  19. 2 points
    This one is dedicated to my Mother and how she helped me through every single step of my musical career :)
  20. 2 points
    Samuel Culper

    2020 Marching Season

    I would say it's possible. Very slightly possible. I would stay well away from using a word like "likely". Social distancing WILL end, sooner rather than later. It must. Life will largely go back to normal, with some changes to our society. I think it will be similar to post-9/11 days where changes are apparent, but life is largely unaffected. There will be a football season, so there will be marching bands. We cannot afford to shut down society for that long. It would be economic suicide. The virus will become a known and accepted risk. The reason I still say cancellation is possible is because people are panicky. I hold out hope that those in charge do NOT panic and see that the world is returning to normal.
  21. 1 point
    Cityscapes

    2020 Boa Grand Nationals

    I guess I am a bit more optimistic. Think about this. As more and more time passes, more and more about the fall looks more like normal. I think we will have a marching season, but it will look different. After all, Greg Abbott Is allowing rehearsals to start in a few days with severe limitations. I cant imagine those limitations are here to stay. I imagine BOA will happen, but it will be much more regionally focused, with very few bands traveling outside of their metro area. I also think that more mitigation is needed for NBA due to the fact that it is predominately indoors. I dont want to sound like I am wearing a tin foil hat, but with more and more bands announcing shows and leadership teams, I cant imagine directors will throw all of it away unless they absolutely have to. I dont think Westwood dropping out of nationals is indicitave of marching season happening, but rather a much more regionally enclosed competition season. Time will tell.
  22. 1 point
    Haha. Someone is very anti-Carroll.
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    Danpod

    BOA Band Listing

    MFA has delayed the release of the Regional lists. The May 15th payment deadline was also scrapped due to the uncertainty many programs face due the Pandemic. Many facets of the Fall 2020 Season are in limbo. I’ll go over more of this on Sunday.
  25. 1 point
    brassdragon

    2020 Band Productions

    i kinda liked just the word "Roots" but this is cool too.
  26. 1 point
    Trumpetman7

    2020 Band Productions

    "The 2020 Timber Creek Falcon Band is pleased to present… Oasis! We are so excited to begin working on this production!" -From the Timber Instagram page. https://youtu.be/Rfr6nlWJSP8
  27. 1 point
    Cityscapes

    2020 Band Productions

    Could see them being a surprise win to placing as low as 7th. Can't wait to see them come out!
  28. 1 point
    CCisd Band Parent

    2020 Band Productions

    Dawson High School's 2020 show is entitled Acceleration Z and features music from Pictures at an Exhibition. Very cool show concept!!
  29. 1 point
    LeanderMomma

    2020 Texas Bands Schedule

    Yes Bowie is who I would give the greatest shot at upsetting Leander here at Waco. Then Round Rock and Cedar Ridge. This one is no guaranteed win for sure and Leander knows that! The band that I am most excited about seeing here is Owasso! (I hope their guard wears shoes this time. 😳)
  30. 1 point
    bandtingz

    2020 Texas Bands Schedule

    Stacked 😳
  31. 1 point
    principalagent

    2020 Texas Bands Schedule

    You can add Weiss to the list, it seems!
  32. 1 point
    LeanderMomma

    2020 Texas Bands Schedule

    There are definitely several bands who could win at Waco. Here’s the current list of attendees based on their school calendars: Aledo H.S., TXBirdville H.S., TXBurleson H.S., TXBurleson Centennial H.S., TXCarroll H.S., TXCedar Ridge H.S., TXColleyville Heritage H.S., TXConroe H.S., TXCreekview H.S., TXJames Bowie H.S., TXJames Martin H.S., TXJohnson H.S., TXLakeview Centennial H.S., TXLamar H.S., TXLeander H.S., TXMagnolia H.S., TXMcCallum H.S., TXNorth Mesquite H.S., TXOwasso H.S., OKRound Rock H.S., TXSeven Lakes H.S., TXStephen F. Austin H.S., TXW. Charles Akins H.S., TXWaxahachie H.S., TX Weiss H.S., TX
  33. 1 point
    Not to say that we belong anywhere near this list yet (because we definitely don’t), but Porter beat both Klein Oak and Collins last year.
  34. 1 point
    Yeah. I think they will. There is a really great leadership team set for next year and the band is still growing both in size and talent. Numbers are already over 350 for this year and that’s really great. This will be Mr. Perkins first true show that he had the time and ability to design and polish, so I know that it will be a million times better than last year, and I know that he’s well known for consistency. I also know he happens to be an amazing motivational speaker and his speeches are amazing. I am confident to say that I know that the Madison band is under great hands. Not to mention the great percussion instructor we have and the color guard instructor who isn’t a literal founding father of a winter guard circuit in Texas and always designs amazing shows. The Madison Band will be stronger than ever this coming season. I can feel it.
  35. 1 point
    I wanna see them succeed so bad. Partially bc Wesley Perkins is a great guy. I can see them doing great things.
  36. 1 point
    Thats true! I was very impressed with them at BOASA. I guess I would have them in over Westfield, knowing very well Westfield could be back in the top 30 very soon.
  37. 1 point
    Johnson HS (Buda) is definitely rising ranks after beating out plenty of bigger bands at last season’s Austin regional. Dripping Springs came really close to being in my “next 10”, but recent placements at the 5A SMC have plagued that.
  38. 1 point
    The UIL has posted the initial marching band guidelines for Summer 2020. Let's go over the details, the concerns, and why the marching members need your positive attitude more than ever!!!!
  39. 1 point
    The UIL’s landmark announcement to begin limited marching band activities in three weeks has been a silver lining in the gloom of the COVID Months. I’ll analyze what could be handed down in terms of restrictions, mandates, and guidelines for the return of Summer Band.
  40. 1 point
    AlsoIntoSpace

    2020 Band Productions

    Southlake Carroll's 2020 show: "Mystify" We're currently planning on attending: Mansfield Preview of Champions, Sept. 26th Plano East Marching Invitational, Oct. 3rd BOA D/FW, Oct. 10th UIL Region 31, Oct. 13th (Tuesday) BOA Waco, Oct. 17th UIL 6A Area B, Oct. 24th We had planned to return to the St. Louis Super Regional, but sadly we've had to limit travel this fall due to the whole pandemic thing. That said, we're still optimistic and planning for a season even if it looks different from what we're used to.
  41. 1 point
    I want to be optimistic--Marcus announced it's show to the band last night, and it looks really fun. This is my youngest's senior year, so after this season, we age out. It breaks my heart to think we might not have a season, especially for the seniors looking to close out their careers. I can live without a super-regional, honestly, and a multi-site state competition wouldn't be as exciting, but it would be something. But the virus doesn't care about band...so I guess we'll see how the summer goes. The other thing to consider is what the schools will be doing. Dallas ISD is reviewing a 3-day on campus/2-day at home schedule. LISD (north) hasn't announced anything, but any deviation from 5 day school weeks could change how the bands can even rehearse.
  42. 1 point
    LeanderMomma

    2020 Band Productions

    Beautiful video! Can’t wait to see the show!
  43. 1 point
    Samuel Culper

    2020 Band Productions

    Not true. Never said it was a public announcement. WE know what the show is. 😛
  44. 1 point
    bandgeekofthecentury

    2020 Band Productions

    My alma mater, Seven Lakes High School just announced their 2020 program: Birds of Prey! Show reveal video below. https://t.co/VbRrTM8sj5?amp=1
  45. 1 point
    MadisonBandMan1

    College Majors/Band

    Here is an update from me! I have committed to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall, and am double majoring in Meteorology and Mathematics of Physical Phenomena (the two fit right in together with little extra classes needed thanks to the math requirements for Meteorology) and double minoring in Physics and Computer Science - again with little to no extra classes. I plan on marching Bass Trombone in the marching band and possibly participating in concert ensembles as well, to be decided upon entering the second semester as I will have a better grasp on the time I have available and how my classes are going. @northtexasbandfan I wish that your son was not a senior this year but a junior, because it would be cool to have someone to connect to and ask for help while I am there. It is okay, though, as I am sure I will be fine. I am super excited to return to my true home, and I am especially excited to be a part of the Husker legacy. I can't wait to perform in front of the most loyal fan base in all of sports, and I can't wait to experience the Nebraskan hospitality once again. Now that I don't have much school left I spend nearly each and every waking moment thinking about college. I am doing whatever I can to prepare for the roller-coaster ride that is ahead of me. I guess we will see how it goes! Go Big Red!
  46. 1 point
    Can we all just take a moment to appreciate Leander running through Hebron to get to Vandy after they broke ranks? I loved that
  47. 1 point
    Samuel Culper

    2020 BOA San Antonio

    Or, as Daniel Montoya put it, the San Antonio Slaughter Regionals.
  48. 1 point
    lost

    BOA Waco 2019

    Ladies and Gentlemen, The James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble.
  49. 1 point
    principalagent

    BOA Houston 2019

    This isn't the year Westfield makes it back into finals, unfortunately, but that show is a TON of fun! My only gripe is that they didn't include Giant Steps by Coltrane. They're starting to really sound great as an ensemble and their visual demand is beefing up. And most important, their size is increasing. If their directors are committed to sticking around and making this work, I will be their biggest fan as they make it back into Houston finals. I think they can strike the balance of fun and design to make things happen in a short amount of time, just like Geiger did last decade.
  50. 1 point
    I'm now convinced the 8 hour rule is simply to prevent Texas bands from becoming too good.
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