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  1. San Antonio in 2017 was my first BOA experience and first time seeing some of the top tier bands live (had just been to regional stuff up in the panhandle prior to that). Hebron came on in prelims and good lord. I knew on video they sounded incredible and that they were one of the better playing bands, but I wasn't ready for the volume they had and the clarity of everything they did. The opening minutes of that show with the woodwinds multiple tonguing and their mellos just tearing it up was pretty overwhelming. That whole weekend was mind blowing, definitely still my favorite set of
  2. Winston Churchill was fantastic, really pretty and phenomenally executed show. SUPER tight across the board performance wise. I think Bryan has a show more aimed at peaking in Dayton, but that's certainly not to take away from WC. Clearly the top 2 in that class. Really excited to catch both among many others in a few weeks at the Southwest Power Regional.
  3. Agreed on Bryan. They're gonna do really well in Dayton.
  4. I’m glad Tascosa moved down, they were having to drive 200 miles round trip minimum for all their away games, Frenship in Lubbock was the closest 6A and then the Permian basin schools and Abilene. I’m excited about there being 3 potential advancers, this contest had the top 3 separated by 1 ordinal last time, Permian tied the 2nd place band in prelims and finals but lost the tie breaker and didn’t get to advance. As stated above, all 15 of these bands get 1s very consistently, so we should probably have 3 advance. The makeup here has changed a lot over the years with the Keller/Fort W
  5. I just got done with playing all the Dark Souls/Bloodborne games. Some fantastic music in there, especially in the latter. Will always want to hear more video game stuff on the field, there is some amazing stuff in there. These definitely stuck out to me:
  6. I loved that show, easily my favorite of theirs from a design perspective.
  7. Welp, have finally had a chance to rest and decompress after an amazing weekend. My thoughts here: http://www.txbands.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7550-thoughts-on-my-first-grand-nationals/
  8. Claudia Taylor Johnson - "The Circle of Life", 6th Place (93.25) Oh. My. God. This show was a party!!! I liked it in San Antonio, but they kicked up the energy ten notches since then and made some nice changes, the most obvious of which was the back and forth between the saxophone and trombone soloists who were just NAILS. The crowd reaction that got after that was incredible, and they still had three or four minutes of show left! I Just Can’t Wait to Be King was easily the heart of that show, and they made everyone fall in love with them. The energy that they perform their music and chore
  9. Well, I finally made it up to Indianapolis after three years of doing BOA San Antonio and other events. It was a blast, if you haven't went before I'd highly recommend going! The four things that stood out the most for me were: - The variety of styles and approaches was really cool to see, I love Texas to death but it was really cool to see how other states approach the activity as well. What you saw from Ayala was totally different than Vandegrift which was totally different from Lawrence Township, etc. - The environment is just so cool, that stadium is definitely built for the activit
  10. Also love the Oppenheimer quote that Leander uses going into their ending, it's short but perfectly placed.
  11. Blue Knights in 2014 is my gold stand for narration done right in a marching ensemble setting. Whoever recorded it sounds authentic, the material they pulled from for it is really well written, and the implementation in the show is enhancing without getting in the way of the music. That show was emotionally captivating and fully aided by the narration, and I think if it was gone the show would lose a big chunk of what made it special. It's really hard to do it right, especially if you do it live. I thought Burleson Centennial did a nice job this year.
  12. Great job to everyone, but man. Mineola. They good. Really good. Really really good.
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