The 2011 Revelli Scholarship was awarded to Caroline White from Atholton High School in Maryland at the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s foremost band conductors and the icon for whom the Revelli Foundation was created and named in 1994. The Revelli Scholarship honors Dr. Revelli’s vision for music education.
“I sincerely love music in all of its forms and want to teach others to love it as well, because it has positively influenced my life and will undoubtedly do the same for future generations,” said White.
The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music major and who has participated in the Music for All National Festival.
This year’s recipient is an outstanding student, musician and community leader. She has participated in her school wind ensemble, marching band, orchestra, jazz band and pit orchestra as well as many community music groups. She received the honor of being chosen to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Associates program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. According to her band director, he feels very lucky to have taught such a talented student and musician.
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser has joined Music for All as Senior Educational Advisor, Music for All recently announced.
As Senior Educational Advisor, Lautzenheiser will advise and support Music for All's educational programming. He will also work closely with Music for All leadership and staff on creating and providing programs for high school and middle school bands and orchestras, teachers and students. Lautzenheiser was the Executive Director of Music for All's predecessor Marching Bands of America, and he has been a regular presenter at MFA programs. He is also a past member of the organization's Board of Directors.
For more, see the press release found here.
By Michael Boo
With concerts by the Honor Orchestra of America and the Honor Band of America, the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, culminated three days of glorious music making by 31 bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from middle schools and high schools. The festival was comprised of four individual festivals; the National Concert Band Festival, the Orchestra America National Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival and the Middle School National Music Festival.
From across America, concert band, jazz band and orchestra members submitted recorded auditions to be considered for the three prestigious honor ensembles, with those selected coming to Indianapolis for two to three grueling days of intense rehearsals. The Jazz Band of America, under the direction of pianist and composer Shelly Berg, performed at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University on the evening of Friday, March 18, 2011.
The same night, the Honor Orchestra of America, under the direction of worldwide conductor and motivational speaker Larry Livingston of the University of Southern California, put on a concert at the downtown Indianapolis Hilbert Circle Theatre as part of a shared concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Finally, on Saturday, the Honor Band of America delivered a grand finale concert at Clowes Memorial Hall under the baton of Richard Clary, professor and conductor at Florida State University.
The lush, low brass opening chorale of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Overture to Nabucco” resonated through the hall when the Honor Orchestra of America commenced its set. Listening to the rapid, technical passages of the strings, it was difficult to accept that the orchestra had only been together as an ensemble for just a couple days, proving that given the best student musicians in America, anything is possible under equally impressive leadership.
The heart of the Honor Orchestra of America’s program was the third movement from Mark O’Connor’s “Improvised Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,” an American folk music-inspired offering featuring the composer as soloist. Think of it as sort of like Vaughan Williams meets bluegrass, with hints of southern gospel, blues, hoedown and swing thrown into the eclectic musical stew. It was so obvious the members of the orchestra were intensely enjoying themselves during this exuberant tour-de-force.
Afterwards, the composer/soloist stated, “The great thing about young musicians in this honors orchestra is that they learn extremely fast. So while at the first rehearsal we grappled with some of the rhythms and phrases, by concert time, they were assimilating everything, playing just as well as I was playing! Larry Livingston did an incredible job as conductor, teaching them about my American style of orchestral music. Tonight was proof that American orchestral repertoire can both challenge and excite young musicians to play incredibly, and they sure brought it home!”
The final piece on the program was Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1, ‘Titan,’ Movement 4.” It was thrilling to hear the various sections of the orchestra rise up to the awesome challenge of playing such a demanding work. The darker harmonies required of the brass rattled the chandeliers; the strings were audibly focusing on not just playing their melodies, but shaping them; the woodwind solos were all impeccable and the percussion delivered brute force when required. With the members showing grace, power and expressiveness well beyond their years, the audience awarded them with a standing ovation that lasted about five minutes.
Afterwards, Maestro Livingston commented on the importance of performing the violin concerto. “I am in debt to Music for All for securing Mark O’Connor, making a statement about the importance of American culture. Mark is on a crusade with his clinics and method books to demystify American music. He’s like a Mark Appleseed, planting the seed of the American culture in young string players.
“I wanted to do the O’Connor work because kids today are growing up [with] a new view of music with their iPods. In framing the classical traditions of music with American rhythmic reflections, he’s translated the music from another zip code, taking the students down south and teaching them the authentic style so it’s not square. All music has groove; the students grew up with groove, but are usually not allowed to play it in traditional music.”
The Music for All National Festival concluded with the Honor Band of America concert, hosted for the 18th consecutive year by Carl Grapentine of classical music station WFMT-FM Chicago. Carl provided informative commentary between each selection and was declared by Music for All President and CEO Eric L. Martin to be the “Voice of American Band.”
New this year were performances by two Vandoren Emerging Artist winners, one before each half of the concert. Saxophonist Brian Clancy from Southlake, Texas had already performed with the Jazz Band of America the night before. Emil Khudyev of Turkmenistan played a solo clarinet work before the first half of the Honor Band of America concert and Phil Pierick, a master’s degree student at the University of Illinois, performed on alto saxophone prior to the start of the second half.
As it has the past two years, the concert kicked off with Jack Stamp’s treatment of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” directed by Music for All’s Senior Educational Consultant, Gary Markham. The lovely strains of this unique symphonic treatment only get better with age, and Markham let the last chord reverberate long enough for members of the audience to feel the chills run down their spines.
Amy Acklin, assistant conductor/pianist for the band, then conducted Paul Basler’s “Mangulina,” an athletically vibrant work based on Dominican Republic dance rhythms. With vivacious pyrotechnic fireworks shooting off all around the stage in a celebration of optimism, one had to wonder how the ensemble was able to pull off the piece after so few days of rehearsal.
Next, Richard Clary took the podium and conducted John Mackey’s “Hymn to a Blue Hour,” capturing the essence of the magic of ethereal twilight, just prior to the loss of all daylight. Hovering tone clusters and the tension of the disappearing light ultimately settled high above the confines of earth, as if looking down from the clouds.
Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Trittico” has been a staple of band literature since it was written in 1964 for University of Michigan’s William D. Revelli. It’s a work that never fails to make one’s blood boil with exhilaration. The urgency of the propulsive first movement left an impression the band had somewhere important to go and was running late. Maestro Clary extracted every ounce of angst from the slightly ominous second movement, and the blazing third movement was as fiery as could possibly be.
After a short intermission, three new inductees into Music for All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame were introduced to the audience. Debbie Laferty Asbill has been a fixture on the Music for All staff since 1985, serving as Director of Marketing and Communications. Richard Floyd had already won several awards over his 49 years as a music educator in Texas. He has also worked as a clinician or evaluator for Bands of America for nearly every year of the organization’s existence. Michael Rubino also adjudicates for BOA, and his Live Oak (California) High School won the very first Marching Bands of America (later BOA) Summer National Championship back in 1975.
Jonathan Newman’s “De Profundis” is one of the most unique works to have ever been performed on a Music for All Honor Band of America concert. Based on the medieval plainchant, “Out of the Depth Have I Cried Out for Thee, My Lord,” (based on Psalms 130), the work utilized rumbling dissonances and an anguished, cataclysmic mist of tone clusters throughout its long build through confusion and hopelessness to reach a glorious statement of hope, ending with pounding drums fading to oblivion.
The final work on the concert was Allen Vizzutti’s “Rising Sun,” with Allen as the virtuosic trumpet soloist. The work was inspired by his journeys to Japan and freely incorporates pentatonic scales to capture the aura of the sun rising over Mount Fuji. Vizzutti opened the work on piccolo trumpet, re-creating the lyrical mood of a Japanese flute welcoming the new day in a formal garden, leading into a section that hurtled eagerly into the sunlit surroundings. The second movement, written for band and flugelhorn, was akin to sitting and staring at the grandeur of Mount Fuji. When the B-flat trumpet took over, one could feel the rays of sunshine suddenly emblazoned on the peak and one’s own cheeks. The quick-paced third movement featured lots of arpeggiated figures and seemed to be giving the image of looking down upon the magnificent countryside in celebration. A wicked, lip-busting cadenza enraptured the audience in stunned amazement.
Vizzutti closed the concert with an unaccompanied rendition of “Carnival of Venice,” combining themes from Herbert L. Clarke’s famous solo version with ideas of his own, including a segment where he played a seemingly impossible burst of octave-jumping notes while rotating the trumpet, demonstrating his consummate showmanship.
Afterwards, Vizzutti commented, “Both the Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America members were very mature. When the music making sounds so natural, another level of expression is possible. Richard Clary is a great communicator; able to keep the intensity of a band so large requires a lot of focus on behalf of the conductor and the members. This was truly a unique experience.”
Maestro Clary stated, “These are the best student musicians and young citizens the country has to offer. It was fascinating to watch them learn from each other. So many had never been in such a high-pressure environment, and they had to endure that all day Thursday until tonight. It’s a testimony to their adrenal glands that they can even stand up after all that.”
The next Music for All National Festival will be held in Indianapolis on March 15-17, 2012. Come enjoy and appreciate America’s finest youth musicians making remarkable music.
Michael Boo holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Composition and Theory. He writes for Music for All and WGI and is the Staff Writer for Drum Corps International. A published composer, he’s traveling to China this summer for the sixth year in a row for various premiers of his works.
It's pretty quiet here at the MFA office today. A few staff are here unpacking and getting settled again, and the rest will return tomorrow. We've all had a chance to rest and reflect a bit on the past week.
I found myself thinking about festival when I had to run a lunchtime errand. There was one item I left over at the Marriott, where our Festival headquarters were located. It was beautiful and warm outside around the lunch hour today in Indianapolis so I took the opportunity to walk and get some fresh air and sunshine.
I took a short cut through the convention center to get to the Marriott, and it was eerily quiet near the Sagamore Ballroom, which just a couple days ago held so many participants at the high school banquet.
As I got to the Marriott, I realized I missed the sounds I had grown accustomed to the last couple of days - the harmonious sounds coming from the rehearsals and concerts and the laughter and chatter from festival participants. I felt sad that festival is over for this year as I walked through the quiet hotel. But, I know that's because I really enjoyed myself, and that's a great thing. I'm excited for next year's festival already, even though it's a year away.
Our entire staff sincerely hopes you had a great week at the Music for All National Festival. I hope that festival was a positively life-changing experience for you, and I hope we'll see you again soon!
It's the final day of the 2011 Music for All National Festival. It's hard to believe Saturday is already here - the week has flown by!
The National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, and Middle School National Music Festival performances continued this morning and are wrapping up now. Preparations are already under way for both the High School and Middle School Gala Awards Banquets for festival participants.
The High School Banquet is at 5 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, and the Middle School Banquet is at 5:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. These banquets are a really nice way for participants to gather as a group one last time before heading to this evening's concerts. (And, there's some great food at the banquets as well!)
The evening, and the festival, will conclude tonight with the Honor Orchestra of America concert at 7 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Honor Band of America concert at 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. If you missed last night's Honor Orchestra concert, you can still see the ensemble tonight. Some photos from last night's concert are available here.
The Honor Band of America concert will feature Richard Clary, conductor, and Allen Vizzutti, guest artist.
Can't be here in person? Check out some photos on Music for All's facebook page. I'm looking forward to this evening's concerts - hope to see you there!
Friday is in full swing at the MFA National Festival. Ensembles have been performing in three venues today (Clowes Memorial Hall, Hilbert Circle Theatre and Warren Performing Arts Center), and the Honor Ensemble students have been in rehearsals and master classes as well. The sounds emanating from the rehearsals are wonderful!
Jazz Band of America students have been busy today preparing for their concert this evening at 8:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. Their sound check is in just a few hours. The Jazz Band has been working with conductor Shelly Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He maintains a busy schedule of jazz performances and has performed and/or recorded with a "Who's Who" of jazz legends, including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Woody Herman, James Moody, Arturo Sandoval, Tom Scott, Clark Terry and Bill Watrous, to name a few. In addition, guest artist Allen Vizzutti will perform with the Jazz Band of America as part of this evening's concert.
The Honor Orchestra of America has a concert this evening as well. They'll perform both tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre in a shared concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has been working with conductor and music director Larry J. Livingston and guest artist Mark O'Connor, violin. Mr. Livingston is the Music Director of Thornton Orchestras at the Thornton School of Music. Reviews of Mr. Livingston have said his concerts feature, "long, unending applause, enthusiastic cheers, like at a rock concert." Check out the concert this evening, and you can also see renowned violinist Mark O'Connor perform as guest artist.
You can also see what's been going on this week at festival by viewing photos on Music for All's facebook page, found here. All of us at Music for All are looking forward to the concerts this evening as well as the concerts tomorrow.
It was an exciting day at the Music for All National Festival. Honor ensemble students kept busy with sectionals and rehearsals starting early this morning, and ensembles checked in throughout the day.
The opening sessions for both high school and middle school students took place this afternoon. Students heard from Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All; David Starnes, Music for All Educational Consultant and Honor Band of America Coordinator; and Gary Markham, Music for All's Senior Educational Consultant.
Students also listened to keynote speaker and Music for All Senior Educational Advisor Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. He gave students great advice about how to truly get the most out of the musical experience ahead of them. Students were also introduced to the clinicians and evaluators they'll work with throughout the weekend.
National Concert Band Festival concerts started this evening at Clowes Memorial Hall, and performances continue tomorrow. Additionally, the middle school social is already under way this evening, and the high school social is about to start. Tomorrow will be another busy day with performances happening at Warren Performing Arts Center, Clowes Memorial Hall and Hilbert Circle Theatre. And the Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America perform tomorrow evening as well. It's been a music-filled day, and we can't wait to hear more tomorrow.
The 2011 Music for All National Festival began today, and we're off to a great start. Yesterday, the Music for All staff spent the day setting up our headquarters on site and getting everything ready to go in the venues we're using throughout the festival.
The Honor Orchestra of America and the Jazz Band of America have met for orientation meetings and are off and running with rehearsals. The Honor Band of America students will have their orientation meeting this evening so many students have been checking in throughout the day.
Our entire staff is excited that festival is now under way. We'll continue to update this blog throughout festival so check back often for updates.
Avon Makes it a Three-Peat
By Michael Reed and Michael Boo
November 13, 2010
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis has long been known as “The Crossroads of America,” and leading up to Saturday, November 13, 2010, the city lived up to that name when thousands of marching band members, supporters and fans descended on Lucas Oil Stadium to celebrate 35 years of Bands of America at the BOA Grand National Championships. The four days of events was presented by Yamaha, which was celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary in the United States.
The entire week was a tribute to George N. Parks, director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band for over 30 years, division head of the Music for All Summer Symposium Drum Majors Academy and director of the 2005 and 2009 Bands of America Tournament of Roses Parade Honor Band. George tragically passed away suddenly just two months prior and his loss was still being felt by all who knew him. He inspired thousands of students to achieve their best with his ageless enthusiasm and dedication to music education. While there was a special tribute to him at the conclusion of Prelims on Friday night, it was clear that all of the 2010 Grand Nationals was dedicated to his memory.
After Prelims on Thursday and Friday, the following 34 bands advanced into Semi-Finals: Adair County (KY), Avon HS (IN), Ayala HS (CA), Ben Davis HS (IN), Bourbon County HS (KY), Brentwood HS (TN), Broken Arrow HS (OK), Carmel HS (IN), Cedar Park HS (TX), Center Grove HS (IN), Centerville HS (OH), Dobyns-Bennett HS (TN), Godwin Heights HS (MI), Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), Kiski Area HS (PA), Lafayette HS (KY), Lafayette HS (LA), Lake Central HS (IN), Lake Park HS (IL), Lawrence Central HS (IN), LD Bell HS (TX), Lincoln-Way East HS (IL), Marian Catholic HS (IL), Morton HS (IL) Northmont HS (OH), Plymouth-Canton HS (MI), Stephen F. Austin HS (TX), Tarpon Springs HS (FL), Union HS (OK), Walled Lake HS (MI), West Bloomfield HS (MI), Western HS (IN), William Mason HS (OH) and Winston Churchill HS (TX).
During the first break in Semi-Finals competition, the band from Broad Ripple Magnet HS presented an exhibition after previously becoming Class Champions of the Sharp Business Solutions Indianapolis Public Schools Marching Band Tournament. During the second break, the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band was enjoyed in exhibition. After the performances of all 34 Semi-Finals bands and the exhibition of the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers, caption and placement awards were presented to the top bands in each of the four competitive Semi-Finals classes.
In Class A, Outstanding Music Performance and Outstanding General Effect went to Bourbon County HS, with Western HS capturing Outstanding Visual Performance honors. Class A placement awards were 1st place—Bourbon County HS, 2nd place—Western HS and 3rd place—Adair County HS.
Class AA Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect awards all went to Marian Catholic HS, with the band taking the Class A 1st place award, followed by 2nd place—Kiski Area HS and 3rd place—Morton HS.
In Class AAA, Outstanding Music Performance went to Kennesaw Mountain HS, with Tarpon Springs HS taking the award for Outstanding Visual Performance. Both those schools tied for Outstanding General Effect. Placement awards saw Tarpon Springs HS win 1st place, followed by Kennesaw Mountain HS in 2nd and Stephen F. Austin HS in 3rd place.
Class AAAA saw three bands each take a caption; Outstanding Music Performance went to LD Bell HS, Outstanding Visual Performance to Broken Arrow HS and Outstanding General Effect to Avon HS. Avon HS won 1st place, followed by Broken Arrow HS in 2nd and LD Bell HS in 3rd place.
The directors from each of the Finals bands participated in a blind draw for Finals order, and after a couple hours, the big show was ready to begin. At the start of the Finals competition, the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps presented the colors and the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers performed the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Prior to the competing bands taking the field, Bourbon County HS (KY) put on an exhibition performance of its Class A Championship show about a terrifying dream, “R.E.M.”
Avon HS, 1st place: Grand National Champion—97.70
Outstanding Music Performance Award, Outstanding General Effect Award
“Iconoclash” brought Avon its third Grand Nationals Championship in a row, the first time any band has accomplished that feat since 1989. Classic motives were continuously juxtaposed against contemporary rock idioms in “I. Magnum Opus,” “II. Everybody Hurts” and “III. Schadenfreude,” as if the melodies of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” “Symphony No. 5” and “Ode to Joy” were thrown into a blender with Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir” and R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and served in the late night television infomercial for the Magic Bullet. The yin and yang of the balance of these continuous two dichotomous music styles was first introduced in a yin and yang drill form. The final movement had “Ode to Joy” and Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” antiphonally split across the field in two different keys, resolving at the last possible moment and leaving fans standing in disbelief that all that clashing musical iconography could somehow come together in an uplifting sense of spiritual equilibrium.
Broken Arrow HS, 2nd place—96.25
Steve Brubaker Outstanding Visual Performance Award, Al Castronova Espirit de Corps Award, Fan Favorite Award (selected by fans who texted in their vote)
“ZO” was inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” and was one of the most joyous expressions of fun ever seen on the Grand Nationals field. Strains of “Over the Rainbow” opened the program with the band in a giant rainbow form. The band must have bought every balloon-tired bicycle (over 50 of them) in the greater Tulsa area, with members of the band having learned how to play while riding. The guard, wearing ruby slippers, cackled and twirled axes amidst the spinning cyclonic forms of the drill that re-created the effect of a tornado. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t watch out for the flying monkeys with buckets of water. Working in extra source material such as Verdi’s “Requiem” to represent the danger of the witches, “Nessun Dorma” to characterize the Tin Man’s desire for a heart and “Fanfare for the Common Man” to convey the regal nature of the Cowardly Lion, the show exploited the comfort of the familiar and brought fans to their feet while the first bicycle parade band to perform at Grand Nationals played the rest of the band off the field.
L.D. Bell HS, 3rd place—96.05
“Honor: We Will Remember” paid homage to the fallen members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom. The soaring sounds of “Amber Waves” and “Salvation is Created” captured the range of emotions from pride to grief as the military-attired guard expressed the anguish of loss on the battlefield, accompanied by battlefield sounds of helicopters and gunfire. As the show progressed, rows of crosses and Stars of David gravestones appeared across the back of the field as if at a national cemetery. The guard transfigured themselves into angels clad in white watching over the departed souls. At the end, a military drummer led the guard across the field and an American flag was hoisted amidst the faint strains of “Taps,” with smaller American flags placed on all the gravestones. This was a show that forced one to think deep and reflect on the sacrifices of others who made it possible for us to have the freedom to sit in a giant stadium in comfort and enjoy the best the marching band activity has to offer.
Tarpon Springs HS, 4th place—93.35
The supernatural thriller “Paranormal” set a nightmare to music with the field adorned with a giant red eye and tarps representing a maze of stairs. The production followed the terrifying ordeal of a young woman who opens a door and enters a house filled with malevolent spirits. While many bands that feature woodwinds have a few measures of fast runs, this band’s musical book incorporated a constant flurry of finger-busting woodwind sequences. The movement titles were quite self-explanatory; “I Know I am Not Alone,” “Those We Don’t Speak Of,” “This Is No Ordinary Dream,” “Those We Can’t See” and “This Is the End, Let Her Go in Peace.” The General Effect moment of the year was witnessed when the woman, exhausted from her ordeal, lay down and levitated high off the bed, with no visible means of support. Pounding on the door woke her up and she tried to escape, but she found her path blocked at every turn as blood red flags covered the field. As the production reached its furious climax, she bound up a flight of stairs and ducked at the last moment as her pursuer leapt at her, flew over her and disappeared from view to the sounds of shattering glass.
Carmel HS, 5th place—92.05
A statement about the hustle and bustle of contemporary existence getting in the way of enjoying life was the message of “Stop and Smell the Roses.” As if taking a break in a Parisian café, with pink umbrellas sheltering one from the sun, the frenetic pace of the modern world melted away as the band formed a giant flower and we saw a girl stop to literally smell the blossoms. The fast pace of a metropolitan setting, with people hurriedly scattering about, was represented by loudness and dissonance. This was later exemplified by the urge to work heard in the propulsive urgings of the brass, competing with the desire to relax as heard in the beckoning sounds of the woodwinds that were intended to reduce one’s blood pressure. The umbrellas eventually became the petals of a rose, and the joyful exuberance of discovering a better way of living, aware of the beauty around us, ended the show as the sounds of the big city were swallowed up by the awesome power of beauty in full bloom.
Kennesaw Mountain HS, 6th place—91.90
Angels watching over us was the message of “Awakening Angels,” full of many short snippets of classical works that formed a patchwork quilt of hope and emotional respite. Movements were titled, “Awakening,” “Rejoicing,” “Protecting,” “Resurrection” and “Benediction.” Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” accompanied a young girl’s prayer to her guardian angel. Soon, a bevy of celestial beings in pure white emerged from the tunnel to a soft, lush brass chorale. A lyrical flute solo featured some of the most sensitive playing of the evening. Of course, angels are also powerful spirits, and the band’s brass filled the entire stadium with their glorious strains. A sense of doom enveloped the arena as the pace picked up during Verdi’s “Requiem,” when one sensed divine judgment was being executed. But then hundreds of angel wings unfurled and spread triumphantly, filling the field in a brilliant, blinding cloud of white and reminding us that no matter what travails we experience, solace and comfort await us if we ask for it.
Marian Catholic HS, 7th place—90.40
The marvelously quirky “On Being Hit on the Head” was inspired by the text of David Lang’s “Are You Experienced?,” the show exploring what happens in the seconds between an unexpected blow to the temple and unconsciousness. As the main character struggled to maintain consciousness, the disorganized chaos of his dazed thoughts was heard in the surreal storyline. A giant eyeball reacted in shock and panic, with the narrator (the band’s own director) remembering and regretting paths not taken, stretching the sense of panic to the very end. Frenetic and chaotic dissonance appeared as flashes of light and just as quickly dissipated like moments from the narrator’s life popping into view of the dilating eye. Members stumbled around the field as if about to fall, with a wicked double-tonguing trumpet feature highlighting the struggles to stay vertical. Spiritual overtones filled the lead character’s presence as he expressed the most important thing he learned from life: “The rest is silence…Choose.”
Lawrence Central HS, 8th place—89.10
The Latin American sounds of “Evolución” featured the tango music of Astor Piazzolla and the Latin stylings of Darmon Meader of New York Voices. A fiery river of curved red tarps snaked across the field from end zone to end zone, leading us through the streets of a sultry South American night. Passionate Latin percussion accompanied a Baroque samba and an Argentinean tango that set the fans’ feet to tapping uncontrollably. A change of pace tender oboe solo provided a jazz walk though an affectionate and longing segment of the Latin music identity, while an accordionist provided rhythmic counterpoint to the richness of the unveiled golden silks. The field filled with splashes of red as the band collapsed in a tight circle to the ending strains of the lone accordionist, leaving a solitary figure in red standing and gazing over the field, contemplating the night that had just disappeared amidst the evaporating steam that was about to be burned off by a soon-to-rise sun.
Stephen F. Austin HS, 9th place—88.50
“Miss Understood” featured over 60 members of the school’s award-winning Angels Dance Team, providing a unique visual treat for the audience. During Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the dance team broke loose from the constraint of the oppression of a boxed-in drill form, savoring the temporary liberation as the soaring sounds filled the stadium with a luscious intensity. Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” softly and delicately enveloped the dancers in a confining drill form once again, but the musical strains weren’t strong enough to keep them from once again bursting through to freedom. Danielpour’s brazenly feisty “Urban Dances” provided the increasingly more contemporary women to experience a life not restrained by the shackles of convention, as the more secure and confident members raised their arms in triumph, savoring their newfound and hard-fought liberation.
Cedar Park HS, 10th place—87.95
The accomplishments of some of the world’s greatest thinkers were lifted up and honored in “GENIUS,” celebrating the highest level of human achievement. Starting with a heroic Mahler trumpet fanfare and leading into a massive French Horn motif that resonated through the stadium, the first movement represented human achievement in music, with some crisp triple-tonguing sealing the deal. Mathematics had its due in the analytical and precise minimalistic musings of Whitacre’s “Equus,” with Einstein’s e=mc2 relativity formula seen in the drill. The abstract faces of Picasso’s paintings emblazoned on the flags articulated the world of art, gracefully depicted to Liszt’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” All the realms of geniuses’ exploration came together in Respighi’s “Roman Festivals,” highlighted by images of da Vinci’s famed Vitruvian Man drawing, reaching out with its arms to embrace the potential for genius in us all.
Union HS, 11th place—11. 87.15
“Reinvention” brought modern and unexpected twists to the Baroque music of J.S. Bach, contemporizing his inventions for piano with updated pop and jazz variations, thoroughly turning his great fugal masterpieces inside out and upside-down. A lot of pyrotechnic woodwind figures, like fingers flying over the piano keyboard, kept things moving in a frenetic fashion. Flourishes of pipe organ-like brass provided a rhythmic urgency to the moving contrapuntal lines. Along the way, contemporary harmonies that Bach—in all his brilliance—could not have imagined were mixed in with abandon. Equally brilliant was the bright yellow that washed over the field at the end of the show. From the Baroque dance of a woodwind quintet to the Latin/Techno rock variation complete with rock guitar, this was a show that truly lived up to its name.
Center Grove HS, 12th place—85.75
A young man trekking through a dark enchanted forest met with a harrowing fate in “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” The wayward traveler was enticed by the beauty of a fair maiden and got tied to a gnarly, twisted tree before he knew what was happening. The tree wrapped its branches around him and unceremoniously ingested him, spitting him out as a hideously transformed monster. Quiet echoes of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” floated across the field with drummers dressed as druids and flags afire with blazing colors, adding to the sense of doom and gloom. With a Beelzebub drill form menacing the band, the maiden killed the monster, not recognizing at first that she was the one who released the dreadfulness upon an innocent man. In the horror of realizing what she did, she sacrificed herself at the end and—as isn’t often said in fairy tales—no one lived happily ever after.
The 2011 BOA Grand Nationals will be held November 9-12 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Come join us as the stadium welcomes us back for another great long weekend of the best entertainment American youth has to offer.
For many years, Michael Reed and Michael Boo have covered a large variety of pageantry events. Michael Reed covers winter guard and indoor marching percussion events for WGI, plus other events for BOA. Michael Boo is the Staff Writer for Drum Corps International and has written for BOA and WGI for much of the existence of the two organizations.
Trae Blanco, Piedra Vista H.S., Farmington, NM
Tara Daniel, Wentzville Holt H.S., Wentzville, MO
Kyle Norbert, McKinney H.S., McKinney, TX
Robert Plummer, James E. Taylor H.S., Katy, TX
Jon Schaab, Snider H.S., Fort Wayne, IN
Megan Austin, Snider H.S., Ft. Wayne, IN
Amanda Baker, Woodrow Wilson H.S., Beckley, WV
Lindsey Brison, Siegel H.S., Murfreesboro, TN
Emily Crafton, Piedra, Vista H.S., Farmington, NM
Rebekah Doppelhauer, Yough Sr. H.S., Herminic, PA
Jessica Dwyer, John Glenn H.S., Westland, MI
Paula Frechette, North Penn H.S., Lansdale, PA
Carrie Green, Lakewood H.S., Lakewood, CO
Karena Grow, Douglas County H.S., Castle Rock, CO
Megan Hamilton, Lexington H.S., Lexington, SC
Annelise Herchen, Duxbury H.S., Duxbury, MA
Priya Iyer, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Anne Knorr, Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pittsburgh, PA
Prashant Kumar, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Katie Layendecker, West Mifflin Area H.S., West Mifflin, PA
Christine Ledden, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Stephanie Lee, Tom C. Clark H.S., San Antonio, TX
Enid Lindenberg, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Stephanie Munroe, Berthoud H.S., Berthoud, CO
Christopher Murawski, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Stephanie Perkins, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Alex Rygg, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Samantha Schieck, Shaler Area H.S., Pittsburgh, PA
Christina Shewchuk, Hackensack H.S., Hackensack, NJ
Sarah Weisel, Franklin Regional H.S., Murrysville, PA
Gwyndolyn Woods, Alief Taylor H.S., Houston, TX
Nicholas DiCillo, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Laura Sancken, Pontiac Township H.S., Pontiac, IL
Nick Bayless, Piedra Vista H.S., Farmington, NM
Tyler Bishop, Edina H.S., Edina, MN
Ryan Clegg, Paul M. Dorman H.S., Roebuck, SC
Heather Elliott, Cheyenne Mountain H.S., Colorado Springs, CO
Kristen Farrington, Tom C. Clark H.S., San Antonio, TX
Savannah Frazier, Greenfield H.S., Greenfield, MA
Rommel Gimao, Notre Dame H.S., Sherman Oaks, CA
Sarah Goldman, Roslyn H.S., Roslyn , NY
Erin Hardaway, Berwick H.S., Berwick, LA
Ashley Jones, West Carteret H.S., Morehead City, NC
Chris Kimmey, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Elizabeth Lavin, Daniel Boone H.S., Birdsboro, PA
David Levine, Blue Valley West H.S., Overland Park, KS
Melody Mallett, Dixon H.S., Holly Ridge, NC
Kristin Marrero, Greater Latrobe Sr. H.S., Latrobe, PA
Dan Martin, Mt. Carmel H.S., San Diego, CA
Melissa May, Bay City H.S., Bay City, TX
Catherine McGee, Hillcrest H.S., Springfield, MO
Donetta Meadows, Barnesville H.S., Barnesville, OH
Sara Miller, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Devin Monas, Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S., Parkland, FL
Darriel Montgomery, Greenville H.S., Greenville, TX
Melanie Morris, Pleasant Grove H.S., Texarkana, TX
Lisa Mulholland, Thousand Oaks H.S., Thousand Oaks, CA
Kim Nogi, Sprayberry H.S., Marietta, GA
Trevor Ousey, Ridge View H.S., Columbia, SC
Jennifer Pfeffer, Wauwatosa West H.S., Wauwatosa, WI
Jessica Quade, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Sarah Redkey, Zionsville Community H.S., Zionsville, IN
Amanda Richmond, Plainfield H.S., Central Village, CT
Diana Safrit, South Rowan H.S., China Grove, NC
Michael Sterling, Alan C. Pope H.S., Marietta, GA
Courtney Thomas, West Bloomfield H.S., West Bloomfield, MI
Megan Thren, Vandebilt Catholic H.S., Houma, LA
Jennifer Tinberg, Minnetonka H.S., Minnetonka, MN
Samantha Warner, Harrison H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Andrew Weak, Millard North H.S., Omaha, NE
Jennifer Lee Weltman, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
Nicholas Wideman, Shadow Ridge H.S., Las Vegas, NV
Christi Wolf, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Caitlin Bearicks, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Cheri Kruger, Piedra Vista H.S., Farmington, NM
Victor Louis Pullen, Jr., Clinton H.S., Clinton, SC
Evan Williams, James Madison H.S., Vienna, VA
Jesse Bowman, Sullivan Central H.S., Blountville, TN
Emily Cook, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Jeremy DeWinter, Centerburg H.S., Centerburg, OH
Jeanna Easley, Klein H.S., Klein, TX
Michelle Kochan, Fond du Lac H.S., Fon du Lac, WI
Sarah Lauer, Beaver Area H.S., Beaver, PA
Josh Mobley, West Johnston H.S., Benson, NC
Robert Normandeau, Sachem H.S. South, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Nathan Poerschke, Weddington H.S, Matthews, NC
Christopher Rehm, Ayala H.S., Chino Hills, CA
Justin Starr, Quaker Valley H.S., Leetsdale, PA
Nick Terrio, Cathedral H.S., Indianapolis, IN
Sandy Trinh, Vandebilt Catholic H.S., Houma, LA
Jeremy Bennett, Kennewick H.S., Kennewick, WA
Michael Cahal, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Colin McGrory, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Valentino Moreno, Marcus H.S., Flower Mound, TX
Andrea Nowalk, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Rita Spicer, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Ramunas Stanciauskas, Wheaton Warrenville South H.S., Wheaton, IL
Shelvia Williams, Avon H.S., Avon, IN
Chris Brandt, Roosevelt H.S., Sioux Falls, SD
Michael Frock, Dallastown Area H.S., Dallastown, PA
Matthew Gramata, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Frank Hughes, Toms River H.S., Toms River, NJ
Alex Johnson, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Allison Picini, Chantilly H.S., Chantilly, VA
Matt Suguitan, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Alex Ahn, Etiwanda H.S., Fontana, CA
Brendan Allaway, Etiwanda H.S., Fontana, CA
Joshua Allen, Bridgman H.S., Bridgman, MI
Valerie Atwood, Choate Rosemary Hall H.S., Rockford, IL
William Bales, Allegan H.S., Allegan, MI
Christopher Butler, Columbia H.S., West Columbia, TX
Alyssa Cudney, Belleville East H.S., Belleville, IL
Alex Fisher, Fort Mill H.S., Fort Mill, SC
Lara Foreman, Etiwanda H.S., Fontana, CA
Bradley Fowler, Harrison H.S., Powder Springs, GA
Ryan Foytik, Shadow Ridge H.S., Las Vegas, NV
Ben Fuller, Weddington H.S, Weddington, NC
Kyle Gallien, Broken Arrow Senior H.S., Broken Arrow, OK
Ryan Galloway, South Rowan H.S., China Grove, NC
Amanda Haynes, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Catherine Hendel, Milford H.S., Milford, OH
Eric Hennies, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Samantha Holmes, Field H.S., Mogadore, OH
Cody Holody, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Amanda Howland, Millbury Memorial H.S., Millbury, MA
Eric Humbert, Center Grove H.S., Greenwood, IN
Matt Huot, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Kevin Izquierdo, Etiwanda H.S., Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chris Larios, Blue Valley West H.S., Overland Park, KS
Brad Lawrence, Voorhees H.S., Glen Gardner, NJ
Jeremy Lorrance, Pontiac H.S., Pontiac, IL
Alex Martin, Goodrich H.S., Grand Blanc, MI
Hallie Mountcastle, Jefferson Forest H.S., Forest, VA
L.J. Neal, Levitt Area H.S., Turner, ME
Daryl Nelson, Columbia H.S., West Columbia, TX
Ashley Norskog, Blaine H.S., Coon Rapids, MN
Megan Novak, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Russell Olson, Notre Dame H.S., West Haven, CT
Benjamin Osborne, Lone Oak H.S., Lone Oak, KY
Kristen Ratcliff, Alma H.S., Alma, AR
Brian Read, Penn-Trafford H.S., Harrison City, PA
Josh Richard, Adair County H.S., Columbia, KY
Tanner Smith, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Melissa Snider, McLoud H.S., McLoud, OK
Cody Still, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Stephen Trenier, Wauwatosa East H.S., Wauwatosa, WI
Teresa Verburgt, Wauwatosa West H.S., Wauwatosa, WI
Aaron Walker, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Christopher Watson, Field H.S., Mogadore, OH
Angie Wolfgang, Calvert H.S., Prince Frederick, MD
Matt Wright, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Geoff Yates, Center Grove H.S., Greenwood, IN
Justin Adams, Elizabethtown H.S., Elizabethtown, TN
Andrew Creamer, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Elizabeth Deering, North Buncombe H.S., Alexander, NC
Tabitha Eutsler, Parkview H.S., Springfield, MO
Lucy Ferneau, Urbandale H.S., Urbandale, IA
Nicholas Fife, Fort Mill H.S., Fort Mill, SC
Susan Funk, Morton H.S., Morton, IL
Daniel Gray, Timberlane Regional H.S., Plaistow, NH
Amelia Huerta, Talawanda H.S., Oxford, OH
Elizabeth Jones, Marshfield H.S., Marshfield, MA
Randall Kaszynski, Avondale H.S., Auburn Hills, MI
Morgan Liford, Marengo Community H.S., Marengo, IL
Matthew Lutz, West Allegheny H.S., Imperial, PA
M. Lee Marshall, West Johnston H.S., Benson, NC
Laura Meyer, Green Hope H.S., Cary, NC
Elise Pezzi, Tates Creek H.S., Lexington, KY
Jeslyn Roy, Lake Travis H.S., Austin, TX
Michael Souza, Mt. Hope H.S., Bristol, RI
Stephanie Stamm, Walton H.S., Marietta, GA
Christopher Thacker, Clinton H.S., Clinton, SC
Allison Van Liere, Jenison H.S., Jenison, MI
Aaron Williams, Rio Vista H.S., Rio Vista, TX
Lindsay Yates, West Johnston H.S., Benson, NC
David Yee, Mt. Carmel H.S., San Diego, CA
Cory Barnes, Central H.S., Keller, TX
Jeremy Brown, Waxahachie H.S., Waxahachie, TX
James Bruno, Marian Catholic H.S., Chicago Heights, IL
Jane Calvert, Richard Montgomery H.S., Rockville, MD
Robert Cruz, Harlingen H.S., Harlingen, TX
Jerrod Davis, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
David Disselkoen, Marshall H.S., Falls Church, VA
David Ferneau, Urbandale H.S., Urbandale, IA
Rance Hawthorne, White Oak H.S., White Oak, TX
Michael Hearn, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
Derek Herrmann, Mater Dei H.S., Evansville, IN
Michael Higley, Clark H.S., San Antonio, TX
Jordan Hofmeister, Sprayberry H.S., Marietta, GA
Sean Johnston, Hopkins Senior H.S., Minnetonka, MN
Lucas Kaspar, Meadowbrook H.S., Byesville, OH
Brian Kebbekus, Wauwatosa East H.S., Wauwatosa, WI
John Ledden, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Michael Murphy, Winnetonka H.S., Kansas City, KS
Allison Neal, Leavitt Area H.S., Greene, ME
Travis Patterson, Jackson Academy, Ridgeland, MS
Christopher Simerman, Lawrence Central H.S., Indianapolis, IN
Matthew Sirk, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Mason Terry, Pequot Lakes H.S., Breezy Point, MN
Jacob Turner, Durand Area H.S., Durand, MI
Christopher Vicari, Ayala H.S., Chino Hills, CA
Andrea Webb, Edina H.S., Edina, MN
William Weiner, Vines H.S., Plano, TX
Alex Wolff, Mandan H.S., Mandan, ND
Thomas Wolff, Belleville Township H.S. East, Belleville, IL
Sandi Dennisson, Las Plumas H.S., Oroville, CA
Nathan Adams, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Elliot Babchick, Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S., Parkland, FL
J.P. Crowley, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Sharon Curley, Concord H.S., Concord, NH
Carl Davis, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Katie Davis, Union H.S., Tulsa, OK
Peter Fitzgerald, Marshfield H.S., Marshfield, MA
Tyler Fry, Millard North H.S., Omaha, NE
Jonathan Lischak, New Philadelphia H.S., New Philadelphia, OH
Michael Mersch, Milford H.S., Loveland, OH
Eric Miller, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Corey Parker, West Carteret H.S., Morehead City, NC
Katisha Pickrell, Wayne County H.S., Monticello, KY
Garnette Reynolds, Mariner H.S., Cape Coral, FL
Andrew Screptock, Springfield H.S., Holland, OH
Kevin Sweeney, Toms River H.S. North, Toms River, NJ
Kennedy Wells, Harrison H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Austin Wilson, Branson H.S., Branson, MO
Joshua Adams, West Johnston H.S., Benson, NC
Chris Adkins, Troy H.S., Troy, OH
Kevin Ayers, Broken Arrow Senior H.S., Broken Arrow, OK
Nick Bjornson, Blue Valley West H.S., Overland Park, KS
Richard Boyd, London H.S., London, OH
Matthew Buck, J.M. Robinson H.S., Concord, NC
Michael Cramsey, Whitehall H.S., Whitehall, PA
James Dixon, Permian H.S., Odessa, TX
Cameron Fackler, Annville-Cleona H.S., Cleona, PA
Colby Fahrenbacher, Elk Grove H.S., Elk Grove, IL
Brian Giordano, Chantilly H.S., Fairfax, VA
Kelly McCaughan, William Mason H.S., Mason, OH
Elizabeth McDonald, Thomas Jefferson H.S.S.T., Alexandria, VA
Jared Pasik, Tarpon Springs H.S., Tarpon Springs, FL
Mike Schiff, Pontiac Township H.S., Pontiac, IL
Brian Schmidt, Lemont H.S., Lemont, IL
Alex Szafranski, Lemont H.S., Lemont, IL
Andrew Wozniak, Walton H.S., Marietta, GA
• Bass Drum
Laura Baldeshwiler, Thornton Fractional South H.S., Lansing, IL
Katheryn French, John Hersey H.S., Arlington Heights, IL
Matt Gullickson, Mankato H.S., Mankato, MN
Anthony Jones, Eastern H.S., Greentown, IN
Joe Manko, Trinity H.S.
Cameron Spoor, Westlake H.S., Austin, TX
Nicole Troutman, Smithson Valley H.S., Spring Branch, TX
Chris Young, Warren Woods Tower H.S., Warren, MI
Kira Dralle, Morton H.S., Morton, IL
Michael Howard, Bellevue West H.S., Bellevue, NE
Devin Howes, Mars Area H.S., Mars, PA
Eric Knutilla, Lincoln Community H.S., Lincoln, IL
Casey O'Neill, Piedra Vista H.S., Farmington, NM
Sara Rose, Shawnee Mission Northwest H.S. Shawnee, KS
Aaron Barrientos, Norwell H.S., Ossian, IN
Preston Beebe, Lakewood Ranch H.S., Bradenton, FL
Andrew Bohn, Lake Central H.S., St. John, IN
Nick Box, Meadowbrook H.S., Byesville, OH
Will Brown, James Bowie H.S., Arlington, TX
Leighton Ellis, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Timothy Hickson, South Brunswick H.S., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Nathan Noeyack, John Glenn H.S., Westland, MI
Jimmy O'Neill, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Darrell Powell, Oldham County H.S., Buckner, KY
William Sabol, Langham Creek H.S., Houston, TX
Tyler Spann, Clinton H.S., Clinton, TN
Clint Dodson, Blue Valley West H.S., Overland Park, KS
Matt Dougherty, Morton H.S., Morton, IL
Wade Hanse, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Kenneth Hardy, West Carteret H.S., Morehead City, NC
Sam Peck, Irondale H.S., Arden Hills, MN
Alex Smith, Green Hope H.S., Cary, NC
Allison Staton, Rancho Cucamonga H.S., Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Traci Allen, Bridgman H.S., Bridgman, MI
Elyse Baker, Walled Lake Central H.S., Walled Lake, MI
Ana Barajas, Rock Hill H.S., Stockton, CA
Amanda Brockman, Jasper H.S., Jasper, IN
Ashley Donaldson, Cinco Ranch H.S., Katy, TX
Megan Donaldson, Pleasant Grove H.S., Pleasant Grove, UT
Kirby Goode, Jefferson Forest H.S., Lynchburg, VA
Michelle Gotts, Peabody Veterans Memorial H.S., Peabody, MA
Heather Hewko, West Johnston H.S., Benson, NC
Kiadrick Hood, West Johnston H.S., Bensen, NC
Hilary Horton, Tarpon Springs H.S., Palm Harbor, FL
Meg Howes, Mars Area H.S., Mars, PA
Katie Hurr, West Johnston H.S., Benson, NC
Meredith Lambert, Concord H.S., Concord, NC
Emily Leander, Cinco Ranch H.S., Katy, TX
Christina Lear, Naperville North H.S., Naperville, IL
Jessica Lischak, New Philadelphia H.S., New Philadelphia, OH
Annie Lowery, Jackson Academy, Jackson, MS
Meghan Melder, Tioga H.S., Pineville, LA
Brianna Melton, Carolina Forest H.S., Myrtle Beach, SC
Ashley Norton, White Knoll H.S., Lexington, SC
Margaret Pardue, Carolina Forest H.S., Myrtle Beach, SC
Melanie Patalano, Tarpon Springs H.S., Palm Harbor, FL
Anna Robinson, Mona Shores H.S., Muskegon, MI
Lauren Short, Pleasant Grove H.S., Texarkana, TX
Sandi Tait, Highland H.S., Blackwood, NJ
Jessica Thompson, Jackson Academy, Jackson, MS
Jessica Wardrip, Boonville H.S., Dale, IN
Mary White, Pleasant Grove H.S., Texarkana, TX
Alyce Armstrong, Corner H.S., Warrior, AL
Jilianne Barzilla, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Kimberly Case, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Jessie Cibik, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Janelle Colborne, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Kathryn Draper, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Allison Dufour, Myde Creek H.S., Houston, TX
Dori Enderle, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Megan Grayburn, Kennesaw Mountain H.S., Kennesaw, GA
Laura Harrell, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Brittney Honora, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Caitlin McDaniel, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Jackie Roddy, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Kourtney Scott, Mater Dei H.S., Evansville, IN
Sarah Temko, Stephen F. Austin H.S., Sugar Land, TX
Katie Geiger, Westfield H.S., Houston, TX
Emily Hinz, Spring H.S., Spring, TX
Abigail Carter, Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN
Elizabeth Carter, Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN
Katelin Carter, Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN
Katherine Carter, Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN
Andrew Carlson, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
Meghan Durham, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
Kim Garbe, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
C.J. Oca, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
Cynthia Scott, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA
Troy Severson, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest, CA