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Oh my goodness, I just saw Not Hebron. That was the best music book I've ever heard. I'm still shocked. This somehow beats the musicality of Marcus '07, Spring '92 and '93, whatever show. I'm so happy that show is going to gnats. Maybe they'll get the highest music score ever in finals.

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I can't believe this thing is already here. Time flies.

 

I haven't seen anything that really changes my opinion going into the contest. So far this season, Reagan has totally steamrolled over their nearest competitors. First, they beat The Woodlands by nearly 3 points at BOA Houston. The next week, they beat the clear, nearly-caption-sweeping BOA Austin champ, Vandegrift, by over 2 points at the TMC, and Leander by over 4 points. (Probably, CTJ would end up in this group, given their performance at Austin.) The DFW groups, Flower Mound and Hebron, are the only ones Reagan hasn't conquered yet. I suspect they'll do that at San Antonio, but the competition is stiff.

 

Besides a medalist group that contains Reagan and Flower Mound, I'm not sure how this contest will play out. 3rd-14th is kind of a toss-up, with Vandegrift the strongest contender based on early season results. I'm especially curious to see what CTJ, Hebron, and The Woodlands have been up to the past few weeks, as those three were quite dirty early in the season, and the shows have good potential.

 

I'll probably drop in as much as I can to watch prelims, and I'll try to catch the full finals performances. Good luck to all of the participating groups!

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So the directors and I are doing a predictions challenge for this contest where we have to predict all the way to 35 since there should be a semis.

 

Here I go. These are in placement order as well.

 

1.  Ronald Reagan HS

2.  Flower Mound HS

3.  Vandegrift HS

4.  Hebron HS

5.  Leander HS

6.  TWHS

7.  Marcus HS

8.  CTJ HS

9.  Vista Ridge HS

10. James Bowie HS

11. Keller HS

12. L.D. Bell HS

13. Westlake HS

14. Cedar Ridge HS

Finals Cut-off

 

Captions:

.    GE -  Ronald Reagan HS

.    Mu -  Hebron HS

.    VI. -  Vandegrift  HS

 

15. Rouse HS

16. Cedar Park HS

17. Westwood HS

18. Round Rock HS

19. Lake Travis HS

20. Hendrickson HS

21. Copell HS

22. J.B. Alexaner HS

23. New Braunfels HS

24. Vista Murrieta HS

25. Timber Creek HS

26. Wakeland HS

27. Prosper HS

28. Wylie HS

29. Cypress Falls HS

30. Keller Central HS

31. TWCP HS

32. Pflugerville HS

33. McNeil HS

34. Pearland HS

35. Earl Warren HS

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Semi-finals Cut-off

 

Next Four:

 

.    Douglas MacArthur HS

.    James Madison HS

.    Smithson Valley HS

.    Lehman HS

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. What do you think?

 

By the way, the semis placements are a little fluid.

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all butts will be in the stands at that time

3:15 p.m. – James Bowie H.S., TX

3:30 p.m. – Ronald Reagan H.S., TX

3:45 p.m. – Clear Brook H.S., TX

4:00 p.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX

4:15 p.m. – BREAK

4:30 p.m. – Palmview H.S., TX

4:45 p.m. – Pflugerville H.S., TX

5:00 p.m. – Vandegrift H.S., TX

5:15 p.m. – Leander H.S., TX

5:30 p.m. – Vista Ridge H.S., TX

5:45 p.m. – McNeil H.S., TX

6:00 p.m. – Cedar Park H.S., TX

Also:

John B Alexander 2:30

Keller 2:45

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So the directors and I are doing a predictions challenge for this contest where we have to predict all the way to 35 since there should be a semis.

 

Here I go. These are in placement order as well.

 

1. Ronald Reagan HS

2. Flower Mound HS

3. Vandegrift HS

4. Hebron HS

5. Leander HS

6. TWHS

7. Marcus HS

8. CTJ HS

9. Vista Ridge HS

10. James Bowie HS

11. Keller HS

12. L.D. Bell HS

13. Westlake HS

14. Cedar Ridge HS

Finals Cut-off

 

Captions:

. GE - Ronald Reagan HS

. Mu - Hebron HS

. VI. - Vandegrift HS

 

15. Rouse HS

16. Cedar Park HS

17. Westwood HS

18. Round Rock HS

19. Lake Travis HS

20. Hendrickson HS

21. Copell HS

22. J.B. Alexaner HS

23. New Braunfels HS

24. Vista Murrieta HS

25. Timber Creek HS

26. Wakeland HS

27. Prosper HS

28. Wylie HS

29. Cypress Falls HS

30. Keller Central HS

31. TWCP HS

32. Pflugerville HS

33. McNeil HS

34. Pearland HS

35. Earl Warren HS

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Semi-finals Cut-off

 

Next Four:

 

. Douglas MacArthur HS

. James Madison HS

. Smithson Valley HS

. Lehman HS

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. What do you think?

 

By the way, the semis placements are a little fluid.

Did you forget about oakridge I wouldn't count them out of the top 35
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Also thank you to those who mentioned ou program in this thread in the last few days,it really means a lot. Ididn't ask for it this year.

That opener is very beautiful and there are several great moments. Many very cool visuals as well.

 

Besides, results have not come out for this competition yet. Warren 2014 comes to mind. They were kinda out of everyone's mind the entire season, then BOA SA rolled around and they placed higher than Taft and O'Connor. At that time they also had a godly drum line and color guard which helped them a lot. Madison could end up beating the other SA area bands (besides the obvious 2).

 

Wesley Perkins had a reputation in NISD of being a really funny guy, but also somebody who could be very serious. I remember during district band auditions, there were problems with the percussion room. I was doing economics homework, others were laying on the floor, some were on their phones so there was general chaos. The next morning (since Percussion auditions were a 2 day process) he chewed all of us out. I still did economics homework, but there was definitely a more reverent tone in the room. I think someone got caught with his phone out and got chewed out personally by Mr. Perkins. He's a great director and will lead your band into a successful and consistent track. Your class will be the leaders that helped make that possible.

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So the directors and I are doing a predictions challenge for this contest where we have to predict all the way to 35 since there should be a semis.

 

Here I go. These are in placement order as well.

 

1. Ronald Reagan HS

2. Flower Mound HS

3. Vandegrift HS

4. Hebron HS

5. Leander HS

6. TWHS

7. Marcus HS

8. CTJ HS

9. Vista Ridge HS

10. James Bowie HS

11. Keller HS

12. L.D. Bell HS

13. Westlake HS

14. Cedar Ridge HS

Finals Cut-off

 

Captions:

. GE - Ronald Reagan HS

. Mu - Hebron HS

. VI. - Vandegrift HS

 

15. Rouse HS

16. Cedar Park HS

17. Westwood HS

18. Round Rock HS

19. Lake Travis HS

20. Hendrickson HS

21. Copell HS

22. J.B. Alexaner HS

23. New Braunfels HS

24. Vista Murrieta HS

25. Timber Creek HS

26. Wakeland HS

27. Prosper HS

28. Wylie HS

29. Cypress Falls HS

30. Keller Central HS

31. TWCP HS

32. Pflugerville HS

33. McNeil HS

34. Pearland HS

35. Earl Warren HS

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Semi-finals Cut-off

 

Next Four:

 

. Douglas MacArthur HS

. James Madison HS

. Smithson Valley HS

. Lehman HS

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. What do you think?

 

By the way, the semis placements are a little fluid.

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So the directors and I are doing a predictions challenge for this contest where we have to predict all the way to 35 since there should be a semis.

 

Here I go. These are in placement order as well.

 

1. Ronald Reagan HS

2. Flower Mound HS

3. Vandegrift HS

4. Hebron HS

5. Leander HS

6. TWHS

7. Marcus HS

8. CTJ HS

9. Vista Ridge HS

10. James Bowie HS

11. Keller HS

12. L.D. Bell HS

13. Westlake HS

14. Cedar Ridge HS

Finals Cut-off

 

Captions:

. GE - Ronald Reagan HS

. Mu - Hebron HS

. VI. - Vandegrift HS

 

15. Rouse HS

16. Cedar Park HS

17. Westwood HS

18. Round Rock HS

19. Lake Travis HS

20. Hendrickson HS

21. Copell HS

22. J.B. Alexaner HS

23. New Braunfels HS

24. Vista Murrieta HS

25. Timber Creek HS

26. Wakeland HS

27. Prosper HS

28. Wylie HS

29. Cypress Falls HS

30. Keller Central HS

31. TWCP HS

32. Pflugerville HS

33. McNeil HS

34. Pearland HS

35. Earl Warren HS

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Semi-finals Cut-off

 

Next Four:

 

. Douglas MacArthur HS

. James Madison HS

. Smithson Valley HS

. Lehman HS

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. What do you think?

 

By the way, the semis placements are a little fluid.

 

I think Plano east should also be considered. We’ve made a lot of improvements from our down last year and top 35 is possible

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Time to make a prediction as followed by my post on the predictions page(this time with an explanation included)

 

1. CTJ- you guys may be wondering why Reagan isn’t in this spot as much as I think they can take it like we all do it’s not guaranteed but I know CTJ I haven’t seen a video of them unfortunately but I know they’ve made good progress and usually peak late Season from what I understand looking forward to seeing it as soon as I can!

 

2. Vista Ridge- they really peaked last year late season and I bet they can do it again with the right performance Reagan could end up here too though and probably will but I’m not counting out Vista Ridge

 

3. Flower Mound- they have a great show I saw on YouTube and love it! Can see them medaling here again if not winning

 

4. Hebron- they have a really good show and really good music as well I just recently saw it and enjoyed it a lot they have great music and if they don’t medal I’m sure they’ll come close

 

5. Ronald Reagan- Ok this definitely is the lowest they’ll place it was a bit hard to predict there is a part of me that thinks they can win but it won’t be too easy they can get a caption if they have made progress will definitely love to see how they are now their show is incredible!!

 

6. The Woodlands- Their show is super enjoyable and I love it a lot! They totally can be in the top 7 again they seem to be having a fantastic year and I’m excited for them

 

7. Leander- their show is really good they can definitely peak late in the season I love the concept and I believe they have totally made progress

 

8. Vandegrift- I enjoy their show but I’m not so sure how they’re doing and how they will do based upon progress of other bands but I expect them to do very well and at least come close to top 7 or even top 5

 

9. Marcus- they definitely are having a great year as I haven’t seen their show I know it more or less and am sure they can be top 10 definitely

 

10. Cedar Park- I know they have progressed through the season and I can see them being back into finals this year I look forward to them as well

 

11. LD Bell- don’t know much about them but I believe they’re doing great again this year and totally can be in finals

 

12. James Bowie- I know they have a really fantastic show wish I could see it somewhere but they can return to finals again I look forward to seeing where they go!

 

13. Westwood- Their show is great! They are clearly having a great year especially at BOA Houston they proved anything is possible I can see them being finals they deserve it! I wish them the best of luck!!

 

14. Oak Ridge- May seem like I’m biased but I think with the right show and mindset we can make it into finals definitely be on the lookout for us I am happy for how far we are coming and look forward to marching my last contest!! I PROMISE you won’t be disappointed Saturday at 11:15 AM!

 

Music- Hebron - they have great music doesn’t at all surprise me I can see them taking it

Visual- CTJ - They are usually clean to my understanding if Regan doesn’t win this I can see CTJ taking it

GE(tie)- CTJ/Flower Mound - they both have amazing concepts and this wouldn’t surprise me in prelims at least but Reagan can shoot right up if they don’t win prelims

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Final Top 20 Predictions Before Tomorrow's Kick Off, Good Luck To all The Bands Attending! 

01. Ronald Reagan
02. Flower Mound
03. Vandegrift
04. Hebron 
05. CTJ HS
06. Leander
07. TWHS
08. Marcus
09. Vista Ridge
10. L.D. Bell
11. James Bowie 
12. Cedar Ridge 
13. Keller HS
14. Cedar Park
15. Westwood
16. Rouse
17. Westlake
18. Coppell 
19. Lake Travis 
20. Hendrickson 
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Final Top 20 Predictions Before Tomorrow's Kick Off, Good Luck To all The Bands Attending!

01. Ronald Reagan

02. Flower Mound

03. Vandegrift

04. Hebron

05. CTJ HS

06. Leander

07. TWHS

08. Marcus

09. Vista Ridge

10. L.D. Bell

11. James Bowie

12. Cedar Ridge

13. Keller HS

14. Cedar Park

15. Westwood

16. Rouse

17. Westlake

18. Coppell

19. Lake Travis

20. Hendrickson

Can't see Hendrickson placing this high with how their seasons been going.

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Well, here we are- the night before San Antonio!  I haven't really said much about my predictions for this event because I honestly haven't had any idea what my predictions were going to be.  But, here is the best that I could come up with and a few thoughts to go along with them.

 

1. Flower Mound

2. Ronald Reagan

3. Leander

4. Claudia Taylor Johnson

5. Vandegrift

6. Hebron

7. Marcus

8. The Woodlands

9. Keller

10. Vista Ridge

11. Cedar Ridge

12. James Bowie

13. L.D. Bell

14. Coppell

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15. Cedar Park

16. Westwood

17. Westlake

18. Rouse

19. Wakeland

20. Vista Murrieta

 

If there is anything that I have learned in the last few years of following this event it is that even when it seems that there are certain predictable ranges that groups will definitely fall into, there will always be surprises.  I have tried my best to incorporate some of those surprises that I expect into my predictions.  

 

First, I must say that I have actually not seen many of the potential finalist shows at all this year.  I purposefully decided to avoid watching videos of them after the first few weeks of the season because I wanted the performances to be fresh and new to me.  Some of the ones that I have seen, I haven't seen since very early season videos.  I did watch the Waco and DFW regionals and the Texas groups at STL.

 

Ronald Reagan has my favorite show that I have seen this year, and while my initial instinct is to put them as the winner here, I have learned that Flower Mound seems to have mastered this contest over the past few years and I feel that they might just have the formula to take their show to another championship.  The 3-6 spots were very hard to choose.  None of them are deserving to place out of the top 5 and honestly I can see any of them earning a medal.  Leander seems to be a less common choice here, but from what I saw of their show early season, I think it really has that factor that can differentiate itself from the rest of the shows here and be a standout, provided that they have cleaned effectively as the rest of their visual comes so naturally.  Vandegrift looked so great early season and will definitely do well musically, but I don't think that they will still be above the rest of the pack with their visual scores as the others have cleaned their shows.  CTJ is a mystery to me and I don't quite expect Hebron's show to fully blossom until Grand Nats where it will definitely be in strong contention for a medal.  

 

Most of the rest of these placements come from trends that I have noticed from groups in the past and how they do vs. expectations.  Keller and Cedar Ridge seem to consistently be underrated.  I feel pretty strongly about the first 13 bands being in finals and chose Coppell as the last finalist based on their Music.  Their show seemed to have a lot of potential to me and I think they could really surprise us with a great showing.  I would not shock me in the slightest if any of the other groups I listed below the line make it into finals though and there are probably another 5 groups or so that I could also see making a surprise appearance, though less likely.

 

I am so excited for this to start!  I have to work a few hours tomorrow, so I will miss the first block and a half and have plans in the evening so I will miss the last block, but other than that I should be able to watch all of the performances this weekend on Flo.  

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So the directors and I are doing a predictions challenge for this contest where we have to predict all the way to 35 since there should be a semis.

 

Here I go. These are in placement order as well.

 

1. Ronald Reagan HS

2. Flower Mound HS

3. Vandegrift HS

4. Hebron HS

5. Leander HS

6. TWHS

7. Marcus HS

8. CTJ HS

9. Vista Ridge HS

10. James Bowie HS

11. Keller HS

12. L.D. Bell HS

13. Westlake HS

14. Cedar Ridge HS

Finals Cut-off

 

Captions:

. GE - Ronald Reagan HS

. Mu - Hebron HS

. VI. - Vandegrift HS

 

15. Rouse HS

16. Cedar Park HS

17. Westwood HS

18. Round Rock HS

19. Lake Travis HS

20. Hendrickson HS

21. Copell HS

22. J.B. Alexaner HS

23. New Braunfels HS

24. Vista Murrieta HS

25. Timber Creek HS

26. Wakeland HS

27. Prosper HS

28. Wylie HS

29. Cypress Falls HS

30. Keller Central HS

31. TWCP HS

32. Pflugerville HS

33. McNeil HS

34. Pearland HS

35. Earl Warren HS

-----------------------------------

Semi-finals Cut-off

 

Next Four:

 

. Douglas MacArthur HS

. James Madison HS

. Smithson Valley HS

. Lehman HS

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. What do you think?

 

By the way, the semis placements are a little fluid.

Y’all are vastly underestimating Wylie East. They haven’t shown up in hardly anyone’s predictions around the top 30-40. Guarantee they will be in that mix, maybe even higher. Not to mention they just qualified for State for the first time in school history this past weekend!
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Last prediction list:

 

1.) Flower Mound

2.) Reagan

3.) Vandegrift

4.) CTJ

5.) Vista Ridge

6.) Leander

7.) Hebron

8.) The Woodlands

9.) Marcus

10.) James Bowie

11.) Keller

12.) LD Bell

13.) Westwood

14.) Cedar Park

 

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Bubble Bands who could miss or make finals:

Cedar Ridge

Coppell

Rouse

Round Rock

Wakeland

Vista Murietta

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