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2021 BOA Austin (Sept. 25)


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Wow!! This was such a fun finals to watch!! Lot's of surprises too! I'll give my takes on tonight's performances :)

Bowie: I really liked the opener and especially the ballad, lot's of great sounds! Though I didn't really understand the theme, it was a great show to open the finals contest. Kudos to the soloists too!

Westwood: BATB is one of my all time favorite movies so I was very happy to hear this was the theme! The pre-show made me really nostalgic with the narration. I loved the rendition of "Belle" and "Be Our Guest" was just so fun to watch! Lot's of power too! Very very happy with this show and personally think it should have placed higher.

Leander: Leander never fails to entertain. The minivan prop is really fun to watch drive around the field. The sax and trumpet ensemble was great and gave a lot of groove and flare to the show. The clari ensemble was also very pretty. Big fan of the ballad, love those chords. Though its scale is smaller than their recent shows, still a blast to watch.

Westlake: Saxophone solo = so freaking good, you go man! Opener was very pretty.The brass and woodwind features were both very good. I was also a very big fan of the flags used by the guard. Solid show.

Round Rock: Ever since I was a freshman, I've envied those unis, they look so great under the lights. The opening hit is very very powerful I love it! The ballad was also a highlight. 

Weiss: This was my first time watching Weiss perform and it was awesome. Uniforms caught me off guard at first but I think they make a nice color palette along with the guard (which looked great btw). Oboe solo was pretty. The choreo section with the fans was a very cool moment too. I don't quite get the theme/concept though. They have a bright future.

Rouse: 3rd place what!!!?? So happy for them! I was a huge fan of the saxophone soloist along with the ww trio. They bring a lot of power for a band of their size. Very clean for September too!  Really liked the color guard here too. Excited to see how their season goes.

Vandegrift: Is there anything that can be said that already hasn't been said? Vandy not only knows how to play loud, but they do it with such elegance that I'm just awestruck every time I hear them. Percussion top notch as always. The choreo and drill were also very impressive. Also, those guard costumes were probably my favorites of the night. Ballad was beautiful and the guard really helped elevate that moment for me. Just shows why this band won Nationals. 

CTJ: Wow...just wow. That has to be one of my favorite shows of all time. The production just screams fun fun fun and it looks like the performers are just having a blast out there. The piano duo was awesome, as were the ensembles, especially the saxes. They were the loudest band out there tonight and they were always in the groove (and this show is VERY groovy). The costumes looked great as always and the props also helped elevate the show to another level. Big kudos to the singer as well, she sounded fantastic! I cannot wait to see the final product in November!  This is a must see show.

Cedar Park: I'm happy to see Cedar Park is making a comeback! Big fan of the opener and that ballad was great! Soloists were on point too. Also huge fan of their guard tonight.  Their eye prop is also cool. Overall solid show. 

Cedar Ridge: Definitely a highlight from tonight. The opener was sick, jazzy, groovy, and I loved it. The quartet was very nice. They also made very good use of those ladders haha. The last section was also awesome. Groovy, groovy, groovy. Super fun show to watch, I'm excited to see it again later in the season. (Also the purple unis are sweet).

Vista Ridge: Very, ambitious show again! The opening hit along with its choreo is so good. The soloists did their thing, especially the soprano! The big blue props are also a very nice sight to see, they add a lot of color to the field. CG costumes were also very cool. Lot's of great sounds too, though I think they can definitely be louder ;) The Katy Perry voice overs are a bit distracting though, they don't really match well with what is going on on the field. This show has a lot of potential and with some cleaning, could be their best show yet!

Personal Rankings:

CTJ
Vandegrift
Cedar Ridge/Vista Ridge
Leander
Westwood/Rouse
Westlake
Round Rock
Cedar Park
Weiss
Bowie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, rdmmp said:

Not sure how soon they will disappear, but the streams from last night are still on youtube (for now).

So wonderful to see all these kids hard work showcased!  Can't wait to watch each show evolve as the season continues!

I can’t find them if you would be generous and “not” message me them that would be lovely ;)

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Vista Ridge, I mean I give this group a huge amount of credit for tackling this beast of a show. They know that a lot of eyes are on them this season, and they really want to deliver. I think part of that is taking risks, which they did via the musical and visual demands placed on the performers, and also with regards to the content, by injecting Katy Perry into the music. Like others, I'm not a big fan of the Katy Perry stuff. I just didn't really understand the layering of a masterpiece like Samuel Barber's First Symphony with... well.... Katy Perry. I definitely respect the attempt though! It will be interesting to see what changes they make as they enter late season, because this is a group that has a habit of major improvements.

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1 hour ago, BandFan59 said:

Yes, sadly the streams were cut to just award ceremonies but I'm already seeing dozens of videos taken from the stands floating around the tube. I expect bands will probably get most of them taken down but some may last awhile.

I got Leander but I’m keeping mine unlisted. 

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I was bored so I timed the amount of show each band in finals had on the field. Unfortunately I couldn't time Bowie due to Box5's streaming issue that night. This includes any pre-show to the very last note. 

1. CTJ - 12:14

2. Rouse - 7:44

3. Cedar Park - 7:28

4. Weiss - 7:18

5. Vandegrift - 6:56 

6. Westwood - 6:55

7. Leander - 6:35

8. Cedar Ridge - 6:23

9. Vista Ridge - 6:12

10. Westlake - 5:54

11. Round Rock - 5:48 

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Nny14 said:

I was bored so I timed the amount of show each band in finals had on the field. Unfortunately I couldn't time Bowie due to Box5's streaming issue that night. This includes any pre-show to the very last note. 

1. CTJ - 12:14

2. Rouse - 7:44

3. Cedar Park - 7:28

4. Weiss - 7:18

5. Vandegrift - 6:56 

6. Westwood - 6:55

7. Leander - 6:35

8. Cedar Ridge - 6:23

9. Vista Ridge - 6:12

10. Westlake - 5:54

11. Round Rock - 5:48 

 

 

Interesting!

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On 10/7/2021 at 6:52 AM, Bandmanio said:
On 9/21/2021 at 6:43 PM, Rubisco said:

Okay, so the music sounds like it could be early season Bowie, and I like the arrangement, but I was thrown off a bit by the guard. It's a lot smaller and less... uh... world class looking than usual? They were the absolute standard for guards in TX just a few years ago. This might be another case of pandemic rebuilding, unfortunately. Question for anybody who knows: did the Bowie guard compete at all last winter guard season? I don't remember. I know they didn't do the WGI virtual thing.

Lots of guards are taking a hit this season it seems. I think it underscores just how fragile guard programs are in general.

Bowie Winter Guard did not compete last spring. The guard lost all of its upperclassmen, and this year is about a third of its normal size. It’s a complete rebuild. Daniel Riley was brought in from Castle (IN) and SCV to be the director. They’ll get back to the previous standard but it’ll take a little time.

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