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  1. if you want to say that the CTJ program is privileged, it is only because we have hundreds of parents that put in thousands of hours to fundraise and support the program like every other program in the state. make no mistake, the program struggles with funding like every other program in the state and work tirelessly to ensure that no student is turned away from performing due to funding and that is no easy task. to clarify, CTJ does not have a "cash cow" in whataburger as it is not that kind of sponsorship, CTJ does not attend 6 BOA regionals a year - they are going to Austin (90 miles
    4 points
  2. And of course we will be sending every UIL top level state champ since 2004...It's hard to imagine a stronger contingency of Texas bands (at least one that doesn't include the defending grand national champ) and it's even wilder that they will be up against one of the better lineups that the rest of the country has to offer. This will definitely at least partially make up for the lack of true season last year.
    4 points
  3. Looks like making Grand National Finals this year will be as impressive as making San Antonio Finals for the first time in many years. Of the supposedly confirmed groups, 14 potential finalists immediately caught my eye, which is an unusually high number. (Thank you, big Texas contingent!) Avon Broken Arrow Carmel CTJ Dobyns-Bennett* Flower Mound Homestead* Marcus Reagan Round Rock* Tarpon Springs TWHS* Vista Ridge William Mason* Insane that I'm no longer including groups like Marian Catholic. 😭 The asterisks are n
    4 points
  4. I agree with your assessment. 2018 saw only 1 Texas Band making the trek, 2019 saw 6 programs and all 6 made finals but that year did not see Broken Arrow, Blue Springs, Tarpon, Wando, Dobbs-Bennett. While even the 7 programs that has been mostly confirmed from Texas could change between now and August, and we could even see some additional programs decide to make the trek beyond those 7. It will be interesting to see what the Texas footprint will be in the finals, but I think it could be 5 or more spots. I feel we have some great 6A programs making the trek this year and have a chan
    3 points
  5. what I have confirmed from parents that are making travel arrangements or are "in the know" CTJ Vista Ridge TWHS Round Rock Flowermound Marcus Reagan
    3 points
  6. Congratulations to the Inaugural cast and staff of Omega for receiving an “Expert” rating for the 2021 WGI Independent A Class Finals Championship! Only 10 of 30 Finalists received an "Expert" or "Master" rating putting Omega in the top 10 IA guard's internationally this year! Great first year achievement! fyi: Omega is based in Central Texas near Austin.
    3 points
  7. It's possible to make some inferences from the available ratings. Lubbock-Cooper was the only group to get the Master designation in Scholastic Regional A, so there's your SRA champion! Blue Springs was the only group to get a Master designation in the Scholastic A class, so there's your champion! Laguna Creek and Milford were the only two Scholastic Open groups to receive a Master designation. Badger Middle School and McCullough JH Varsity were the only two Junior groups to receive Master designations. Can't figure out the top dog in the SW class this year. As expecte
    3 points
  8. WGI has posted some kind of, sort of results for Finals. Finalists were categorized into 5 groups: Master (all 1s in all 6 captions), Expert, Exceptional, Distinguished, and Outstanding. The standard for a rating value of 1 was "raised to reflect historic upper echelon finalists." This is a bit vague, but I'm guessing "upper echelon" here means top 5-ish at Worlds in a normal year? Not really sure. Anyway, WGI recognized both Master and Expert finalists. Only 11 groups in the world received the Master designation; 45 received the Expert designation. Congrats to the three TX groups
    3 points
  9. John B. Alexander H.S. (TX)—“Are We Alone?”Featuring the Music of:Richard StraussEdward ElgarKaty PerryKent SummerourJacob ThompsonJerry GoldsmithMartin O’DonnellMichael Savartori
    3 points
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  11. Here is the video for Lumberton 2021 Teaser. It is on Facebook and not on Youtube for unknown reasons. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=923009208540034
    2 points
  12. While not a TX band, I think Forest Hills Schools, OH made GN semi-finals in 2019 without attending any other BOA contests.
    2 points
  13. Wando is also going from what I hear.
    2 points
  14. Absolutely - but everyone seemed stuck on the missing classes as the main reason, when it was probably something else that the program has to deal with. The path is both curvy and bumpy!
    2 points
  15. Of course attending BOA San Antonio does not have to mean that you miss any class time. DFW bands are far enough out to get Saturday timeslots (DFW is farther away than Houston). TWHS goes for Saturdays to minimize the time out of classes, even if it means being at the school at 3 am to catch the buses.
    2 points
  16. Coppell announced their fall production recently. And evidently the Mandarins/Vista Ridge spinning table will be making a comeback as well. 🥰 The show is called "Carousel" and features the following music:Carnival of Souls by Verne LangdonMerry-Go-Round by Phillip SparkeHumoresque by Antonin DvorakDance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
    2 points
  17. Vista Ridge is continuing on with their plans to do Vorca Rhe. Leander is continuing with their plans to do Long Strange Trip unless Selaiden misspoke at March-a-thon a few weeks ago. 😉
    2 points
  18. I’m gonna predict a medal for Vista Ridge. 🤭
    2 points
  19. There's a very handy page on Facebook specifically for this! You can either search through posts from directors or advertise yourself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/301842433556327 You should just be able to request to join and post right away.
    2 points
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  21. Twhs is planning on going to this
    2 points
  22. MikeKyu

    2021 Band Productions

    Cedar Park High School I See Highly complex marching regimen. They are marching a lot more members this year than in recent memory. The arrangements are excellent and the set list is gigantic. The students and staff are really going to be tested.
    1 point
  23. I’m going to include this great contest because we have several Texas bands attending again this year, and I have plans to be there for the first time myself! It will be held at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis. Texas bands are in bold. As of 5/10/21–36 bands confirmed: Belleville East H.S., IL Bentonville H.S., AR Bentonville West H.S., AR Bixby H.S., OK Blue Valley Southwest H.S., KS Broken Arrow H.S., OK Bryant H.S., AR Camdenton H.S., MO Collierville H.S., TN Collinsville H.S., IL Coppell H.S., TX David H. Hickman H.S., MO Fayetteville H.S.
    1 point
  24. I know it’s early but my AirBNB is booked and I’m ready to start thinking about the fall! This incredible contest will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio. as of 5/11/21–50 bands confirmed: Ann Richards School, TX Brazoswood H.S., TX Cedar Park H.S., TX Cedar Ridge H.S., TX Churchill Fulshear H.S., TX Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX Clear Creek H.S., TX College Park H.S., TX Conroe H.S., TX Coppell H.S., TX Cy-Fair H.S., TX Cypress Woods H.S., TX Dawson H.S., TX Granbury H.S., TX Hendrickson H.S., TX Jack C. Hays H.S., TX James Bowie H.S., TX Jo
    1 point
  25. This contest to be held at Legacy Stadium. as of 5/11/21–27 bands confirmed: Brazoswood H.S., TX Bridgeland H.S., TX Cedar Ridge H.S., TX Churchill Fulshear H.S., TX Cinco Ranch H.S., TX Clear Brook H.S., TX Clear Creek H.S., TX Clear Springs H.S., TX College Park H.S., TX Conroe H.S., TX Cy-Fair H.S., TX Dawson H.S., TX Foster H.S., TX Friendswood H.S., TX Katy H.S., TX Little Cypress-Mauriceville H.S., TX Magnolia H.S., TX McKinney Boyd H.S., TX Morton Ranch H.S., TX Obra D. Tompkins H.S., TX Paetow H.S., TX Pearland H.S., TX Ronald Reag
    1 point
  26. This season ending Regional contest has just finalized it’s venue and will be held in the Waco ISD Stadium. as of 5/11/21–18 bands confirmed: Aledo H.S., TX Anderson H.S., TX Belton H.S., TX Burleson Centennial H.S., TX Burleson H.S., TX Cedar Park H.S., TX Colleyville Heritage H.S., TX Creekview H.S., TX Dripping Springs H.S., TX Hendrickson H.S., TX James Bowie H.S., TX Johnson (Buda) H.S., TX Lamar H.S., TX Memorial (Frisco) H.S., TX Midlothian H.S., TX Rouse H.S., TX W. Charles Akins H.S., TX Waller H.S., TX
    1 point
  27. To be held at Woodforest Bank Stadium. as of 5/11/21–20 bands confirmed: Brazoswood H.S., TX Bridgeland H.S., TX Bridge City H.S., TX College Park H.S., TX Conroe H.S., TX Cy-Fair H.S., TX Cypress Woods H.S., TX Dawson H.S., TX Dripping Springs H.S., TX Keller Central H.S., TX Magnolia H.S., TX Paetow H.S., TX Pearland H.S., TX Porter H.S., TX Sachse H.S., TX Sandra Day O'Connor H.S., TX Seven Lakes H.S., TX Stephen F. Austin H.S., TX The Woodlands H.S., TX Wylie East H.S., TX
    1 point
  28. This contest will once again be held at Pennington Field in Bedford. as of 4/27/21–20 bands confirmed: Aledo H.S., TX Bentonville H.S., AR Burleson Centennial H.S., TX Coppell H.S., TX Creekview H.S., TX Grapevine H.S., TX Independence H.S., TX James Martin H.S., TX Keller Central H.S., TX Keller H.S., TX Krum H.S., TX L.V. Berkner H.S., TX Mansfield H.S., TX Memorial (Frisco) H.S., TX North Mesquite H.S., TX Plano East H.S., TX Sachse H.S., TX Timber Creek H.S., TX Wakeland H.S., TX Waxahachie H.S., TX
    1 point
  29. Magma31651

    2021 BOA DFW (Oct. 9)

    1. Flower Mound 2. Hebron 3. Marcus 4. Keller 5. LD Bell 6. Waxahachie 7. James Martin 8. Timber Creek 9. Wakeland 10. Keller Central/Aledo/Coppell/Plano East
    1 point
  30. This fierce contest is to be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. as of 5/9/21–20 bands confirmed: Anderson H.S., TX Ann Richards School, TX Burnet H.S., TX Cedar Park H.S., TX Cedar Ridge H.S., TX Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX Eastview H.S., TX Hendrickson H.S., TX James Bowie H.S., TX Leander H.S., TX Lubbock-Cooper H.S., TX Pflugerville H.S., TX Round Rock H.S., TX Rouse H.S., TX Stony Point H.S., TX Vandegrift H.S., TX Vista Ridge H.S., TX Weiss H.S., TX Westlake H.S., TX Westwood H.S., TX
    1 point
  31. this contest is going to be a good one!
    1 point
  32. Never have I EVER heard the CTJ band put other bands down. Ever.
    1 point
  33. I agree. And Forest Hills is in the Cincinnati area, so not that far from Indy. They had 3 or so regionals in 2019 (Louisville, Columbus, and Muncie) within a couple hours, plus the Indy super. They took the trek to GN but it isn't as big a hit as from farther away.
    1 point
  34. Whitesboro attended BOA Austin in 2016 (finished 30th of 31 Bands) BOA Dallas (finished 29th of 31 Bands) before competing at Grand Nationals (79th of 100 Bands) that year I do not see that they competed in BOA prior to that or that they have done BOA since that time. it appears that they do non-BOA events like teh HEB marching contest, so I would assume that it was 1 year "dip your toes in" kinda thing.
    1 point
  35. Suzanne Dell will be a phenomenal new head band director at L.D. Bell HS. The program will be just fine with her at the helm. They still have incredibly strong feeder junior highs and a staff with energy to boot. Hebron has the best shot at winning the 6A SMC. I predict a new band will win the 5A SMC that has not won yet with a slew of new state finalists. Watch out for Burleson and Granbury. I think at least one of them will be a new state finalist in 5A if not both. Jordan HS will be come a beast very quickly just like Bridgeland HS has. I see a massive shift in the 5A landscape
    1 point
  36. I don't mean to sound disrespectful to Wills Point, but all that I have looked shows that while we have never heard of them in the BOA world, I do not see that they have competed in BOA in DFW (their closest event) or at any BOA event in 2018 or 2019. to think that they are making a trek to Indy without tipping their toes into the BOA realm is not a likely event. - again, no disrespect intended, but I am just not buying that
    1 point
  37. Funny how that works... an I reading minds? 🙃
    1 point
  38. Interesting to see that only one 4A band, Krum HS, is attending. That's cool though that they will have a chance to compete against some of the larger schools, before having to go to Area B for 4A
    1 point
  39. Excellent! And thanks for the update. Can't be easy starting a winter guard program during a pandemic!
    1 point
  40. That's a great representation of Texas top tier Bands with this group! All are finalist and Medalist contenders. Grand Nat's is going to be something very special again this year!
    1 point
  41. I thought Jack C. Hays wasnt going to Nationals. Also I'm rooting on JBA at San Antonio. #betterthan58th
    1 point
  42. Very wild that Flower Mound will not be at SA. But at least that opens up a finalist spot for another band.
    1 point
  43. This contest will be held at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland. as of 5/2/21–13 bands confirmed: Abilene H.S., TX Coronado (Lubbock) H.S., TX Granbury H.S., TX Hendrickson H.S., TX Jack C. Hays H.S., TX Johnson (Buda) H.S., TX Lamar H.S., TX Lubbock-Cooper H.S., TX Midland Lee H.S., TX Pecos H.S., TX Permian H.S., TX San Angelo Central H.S., TX Winston Churchill H.S., TX
    1 point
  44. This season opening contest will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen. as of 4/27/21–6 bands confirmed: Georgetown H.S., TX Grapevine H.S., TX John B. Alexander H.S., TX Robert Vela H.S., TX United H.S., TX Weiss H.S., TX
    1 point
  45. Add: Lake Belton Manor New Tech Hutto Brenham
    1 point
  46. This is awesome @banddad84 I can’t wait to order one!
    1 point
  47. Grand Nationals are getting very interesting - get your tickets soon - this one will be one to remember
    1 point
  48. VERY excited to see Glenn. There going places. I saw them in BOASA prelims in 2019, and those kids were really getting into their performance and purely enjoying the moment.
    1 point
  49. Westwood updated their calendar. This isn't on it. They have the 9th open right now.
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