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Question: Who was the first Grand National Champion to receive “The Eagle” Grand National Traveling Trophy?

Answer: Center Grove H.S., IN (1995)

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In celebration of BOA’s  20th Anniversary, Bands of America debuted the Grand National Traveling Trophy, commonly referred to as “The Eagle.” Center Grove High School, under the direction of Thomas Dirks, was awarded the travelling trophy in 1995 for their show “A Journey into the Adventure Zone.”

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The trophy quickly became the quintessential and recognizable icon of the Bands of America Fall Championships. Still today, the Eagle is kept with the reigning Grand National Champion. During this weekend’s Indianapolis Super Regional, 2012 Grand National Champion Carmel H.S. Marching Greyhounds will return the travelling trophy to Music for All in preparation for next week’s 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha.

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Super Regional Championship at San Antonio, presented by Yamaha!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 San Antonio Super Regional Champion: The Woodlands H.S., TX!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: 1995

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It's Throwback Thursday! You didn't think we'd forget did you? Today we are heading back to 1995!

This photo is of Jenison High School from Jenison, Michigan when they came to the 1995 Grand National Championships at the RCA Dome!

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 In 1995 the Jenison Marching Band was under the direction of Tom Weidner with drum majors Matt Reed, Ryan Wood and Amanda Darby.

The Jenison band's show entitled Brazilian Impressions included: Brazil, Brazilian Impressions, Danza Final from "Estancia", Gabriel's Oboe and The River from "The Mission," Suite Popular Brasilera, Desifinado and Symphonic Dance #3.

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 Were you at the 1995 Grand National Championships? Perhaps you remember this program book!

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Do you have a favorite memory or photo from the 1995 Grand National Championships? Share it in the comments!

The 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships is arriving in just two short weeks. Grand Nationals has called Lucas Oil Stadium home since the stadium’s opening in 2008. 

Featuring 90 premier high school marching bands from across the nation, exhibition bands from top universities and local Indianapolis high school marching bands in the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament, this four-day show will display the incredible discipline and talent of students. Join us for the 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships, November 13-16.

Check out a list of participating bands here and for ticketing information, click here. Not able to make the show? Don’t miss out on the action! You can watch a live webcast and be a part of the Grand Nation Championships experience! View the live webcast schedule here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Trivia Tuesday: Outstanding Color Guard

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Question: In our last Throwback Thursday: Color Guard Edition blog post, we mentioned that Bands of America used to present an Outstanding Auxiliary Award at its Grand National Championships. What is the last year that Bands of America awarded an award for outstanding color guard at Grand Nationals?

 

Answer: The 1994 Grand National Championships


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Bands America awarded the last Outstanding Auxiliary Award at the 1994 Grand Finale on November 5, 1994. The Centerville Jazz Band received the award, also receiving 8th place that year with their program featuring the music of Chase. In addition to flags and weapons, the color guard utilized hula hoops to reflect the 1970s era of Chase. The Marian Catholic H.S. band was awarded their fifth Grand National Championship title in 1994 as well. Although the Oustanding Auxiliary Award ended after 1994, color guards remain an integral part of the visual design for marching bands across the U.S., and it is always exciting to observe the many innovations in color guard over the years.

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Atlanta, presented by Yamaha! 

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Atlanta Super Regional Champion: Broken Arrow H.S., OK!

Monday, October 28, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Towson

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Regional Championship at Towson, presented by Yamaha!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Towson Regional Champion: Lassiter H.S., GA!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Color Guard Edition

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When sorting through photos here at Music for All, we enjoyed looking at all of the unique color guard uniforms over the years; so much that we decided to devote an entire Throwback Thursday post to color guard!

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In the early years of Bands of America, color guard (auxillary) uniforms were often varitations of the band uniform; however, in the late 1980s and 1990s, color guard uniforms became an important part of the visual show design and changed each year. Previously, Bands of America Grand Nationals even featured a Highest Achievement Award for Auxillary. We hope you enjoy this collection of interesting color guard uniforms for Throwback Thursday! Share your favorite color guard uniform in the comments below!

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--Seth

Seth Williams is the Development Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of Butler University and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.

Today's guest post is from Fran Kick, professional speaker, author and division head of the Leadership Weekend Experience at the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. Fran Kick also co-presents the Future Music Educators' Experience during the Grand National Championships.

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Last week we talked about the real competition – learning week to week and improving yourself, yet how can you make sure you know what you’re doing?

Well in addition to the strategies shared last week, here are a few things you can do:

First, learn it right the first time. While it may sound like it’s too late in the season for that – you’d be surprised how many things we learn incorrectly. You’ve heard the expression that “practice makes perfect” – well in truth “practice makes permanent!” The more you do it wrong, the more challenging it can be to fix it later on. After all “old habits do die hard.”

Second, figure out what you’re already doing right and identify what still needs work. Create a list of “everything you still need to fix!” While some of these items will be addressed in the few rehearsals that remain, many more will not.

Finally, take what you need to work on and plan when (outside of rehearsal time) you’re going to work on it. Perform what you work on for others and have them “check you off” so you’ll know you got it.

Making sure you know what you’re doing individually is the single greatest thing you can do to improve yourself and your section. Your directors and staff have a limited number of rehearsals left to correct way too many things. Show some initiative and make sure you know what you’re doing.

 

This post was originally released on the “Break Ranks” podcast with Dan Potter. The .mp3 audio file is available to hear, download, and share.

 

Fran Kick currently serves as division head of the Music for All Summer Symposium Leadership Weekend Experience. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and educational consultant who talks with students and the many people who work with them. You can find more information about his work with music-related organizations and events at http://www.kickitin.com/music/

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Question: What band has the longest streak of winning consecutive Regional Championships?

 
Answer: The Centerville Jazz Band (2002-2006)
 
The Centerville Jazz Band won eight consecutive Regional Championships from 2002 to 2006, including Toledo, OH (2002), Massilon, OH (2002, 2005), Pontiac, MI (2003-2005), Youngstown, OH (2003) and Atlanta, GA (2004). Their streak was broken after placing fourth at the 2006 Atlanta Super Regional.
 
Even after longtime director and BOA Hall of Fame member Wayne Markworth retired after the 2004-2005 season, the band extended their streak to eight with wins at Massilon and Pontiac in 2005. The Centerville Jazz Band has participated in Bands of America events since 1983 and has been named a Regional Champion a total of 19 times. Additionally, the Centerville Jazz has been a Grand National Finalist 19 times and was the 1992 Grand National Champion.
 
You can check out historic videos of the Centerville Jazz Band and hundreds of other ensembles on MFA Video. Click here for more information.
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