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  1. Just registered my son for CTJ's Grand Nats Trip in November with Music Travel - so it is official - barring a Covid return, CTJ is heading back to Indy 😃
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  2. This incredible competition will be hotter than ever with the following bands enrolled: John B Alexander HS Belton HS Brandeis HS Cedar Park HS Champion HS Churchill HS Dripping Springs HS Georgetown HS Hendrickson HS Claudia Taylor Johnson HS Leander HS Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) McCallum HS McNeil HS New Braunfels HS Sandra Day O’Connor HS Pflugerville HS Ronald Reagan HS Rouse HS Stony Point HS Vandegrift HS Vista Ridge HS Weiss HS Westwood HS
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  3. Welcome to the newest series on Sketchbook titled, Yearbook. Listen to Jameil Brown and me take a look back at shows, contests, schools, eras, highlights, records, or whatever marching arts-related topic we decide we want to talk about. In this episode, we discuss the Leander Independent School District. Yearbook, w/Jameil Brown: Leander ISD
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  4. Houston Area Band Directors! We are hoping to receive some feedback for Lone Star Preview this Fall. If you could take a moment of your time to let us know your thoughts in possibly participating, we’d greatly appreciate it! Lone Star Preview 2021 Date: October 9th** Location: Woodforest Stadium SAFETY PROTOCOLS The COVID-19 pandemic has been an evolving event, and it is sure to evolve more over the coming months. We will put a clear and effective plan in place to help keep students, parents, volunteers and staff safe and healthy once we have more details about wha
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  5. I really like the lineup for this contest! Definitely will be interesting to see how all the programs do. Vista Ridge and CTJ will be an epic match to see! Vandegrift returning to competition, and being the reigning BOA Grand National Champion, and many other amazing programs, this contest will be one to remember! Also can't forget about Cedar Park, Leander, and Rouse! Those schools will definitely bring something to the table, especially after the 2018 and 2019 season!
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  6. I agree and was not discounting Vandy, Reagan or any other program this coming year, just that Vista and CTJ are going to see each other a number of time (more than usual) with TMC and State before matching up in Indy. it should be great year for all programs and I wish them all the best
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  7. I'm curious on how JBA will place among all these great programs. This contest is really stacked which is awesome!
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  8. heard a rumor Wakeland might take a trip to Indy
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  9. The Vista Ridge Marching Festival is always the first Saturday in October, never on the same day as TMC. Vista has competed at TMC a number of times and is always at BOA Austin.
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  10. yes - my bad. and both Vista Ridge and CTJ will be heading to Indy as of the last word I heard
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  11. Looks like BOA Austin - PLUS Reagan
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  12. What a packed lineup! Definitely rivals top BOA contests.
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  13. This is crazy! There are literally 20+ schools with amazing programs!
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  14. It happens to the grown ups as well. Hang in there, hun!
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  15. I’m a little late to the party, but.... Making state despite everything that happened this year. Though, kinda tied(not really though) with me jumping off my podium mid rehearsal because a 5 inch flying bug landed on me and I tried to get away. Then everyone laughed and it was kinda funny after.
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  16. I know this is mostly “preaching to the choir” here since most all parents that have found this forum already are aware of the benefits of band and our kids and their learning. But I came across this article, and I thought it was great and shows even more benefits of marching band that aren’t traditionally pointed out https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-band-offers-a-haven-for-the-student-who-marches-to-the-beat-of-a-different-drummer/?fbclid=IwAR0Bm5hH8k5UtO0mtgQmpigWoh_2oi4UW2OJdOb_ag0F0RxIF3WfhYo2MgM
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  17. CTJ has announced that they will be fielding a "Nationals Team" for a return to Grand Nationals in 2021
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  18. The 2015 Leander show is one of my favorites! That would be awesome to see Leander take the state title this year!
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  19. Hebron 15 FlowerMound - 11 Marcus - 5
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  20. Leander getting bumped down to 5A really puts pressure on Cedar Park, Rouse, and Glen. All of which made the Finals (Cedar park #1, and Rouse #4). I think It's very possible we see a repeat of 2015 with a Leander ISD sweep in 5A.
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  21. Rouse HS had 7 make all state. Leander ISD as a whole had a total of 34 make All-State band.
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  22. Just a funny from a band geek mind. Last night I was watching Yo-Yo Ma performing amazing grace before transitioned to Dvorak’s symphony for a new world. My honest first thought while listening to this was”wow, did he get this version of amazing grace from Vista Ridge circa 2018”.🤣 I came to my senses after a couple of minutes.
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  23. 1st) Watching my Daughter in the 2018 State 6A finals with Vista Ridge's Lost and Found. My dad who's in his 80's was able to attend and it was such a moving show and experience. 2nd) The "Band Hug" at the Break Ranks after the retreat for 6A State 2018. 3rd) My son's 2013 State 4A (was no 6A then so equivalent to 5A today) performance with Vista Ridge Band winning 3rd place with Scheherazade.
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  24. It does, I agree. Idk, I have mixed emotions about it. A "state winning" UIL show may or may not do well at GN, and the smaller schools like CP, Rouse, and Glen don't have near the fund raising base as Vista or Vandy. A trip to GN is an additional $400,000 to the budget. I think it would be really cool if LISD sent everyone to GN one year. win the whole thing and sweep the classes.
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  25. Hello everyone! Over the past few days, I've been working on this project to help take my mind off everything happening in the band world right now. I'd never found any kind of information about the history of UIL marching band, and so I decided to do some research and write about it using the plenty of free time I've been given this summer. The result is what's written here, which I also expanded to include Texas involvement in BOA. I figured the best place to share it would be here, where my fellow band geeks might appreciate it. I'm sure it's not perfect, and it's very possible that I misse
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  26. Reagan 2015 when they played that incredible ballad and the dancers trickled out onto the field. Every time I saw that show I'd look around and see people wiping tears away. It was beautiful and full of joy. Reagan 2018 loved everything about the show from the moment the pianist was rolled onto the field while playing. Reagan 2019 Mind blowing. Just a truly stunning show and again--when the visual ensemble lifted the gold flags and ran around the entire field or when the drum major and the VE member ran through the circles that opened as they went through. Just a jaw dropping show.
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  27. And then of course you have Hebron 13....It still baffles me that Hebron doesn't have an BOASA/UIL State/Grand national title...They should have all 3 in my opinion.
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