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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.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Featured Video: Carolina Crown at MFA Camp!

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The marching band track of the 2014 Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, has the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in residence this summer! This unique opportunity allows students to rehearse and perform with the Carolina Crown in a Drum Corps International show. Marching next to these outstanding performers, the students attain an unforgettable experience. Check out this video from 2012 of the Summer Symposium marching band students performing with the Carolina Crown at Ball State University.

Not only do these students receive an incredible opportunity to march with the Carolina Crown, but they also learn important fundamentals involved in creating a high level performance. This includes creating balanced sound at all dynamic levels, developing a uniform marching look, cleaning drill, adding visual effect and fostering the student leadership necessary for a successful marching band. To see what the students and members of the Carolina Crown had to say about their experience together, check out this great video produced by Drum Corps International.

You don't want to miss out on this incredible experience! So SAVE THE DATES for the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha: June 23-28, 2014 and for the Leadership Weekend Experience: June 21-23.

 

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Powder Springs

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Regional Championship at Powder Springs, presented by Yamaha! Thank you and congratulations to ALL of the bands who participated in the show!

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 Powder Springs Regional Champions: Franklin H.S., TN!

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Winston-Salem, presented by Yamaha! We are incredibly proud of all of the bands who performed at Bowman Grey Stadium over the weekend - it was a fantastic display of marching excellence!

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 Winston-Salem Super Regional Champions: Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN!

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at St. Louis, presented by Yamaha! We are incredibly proud of all 64 bands who performed in the Edward Jones Dome over the weekend - it was a fantastic display of marching excellence!

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 St. Louis Super Regional Champions: Broken Arrow H.S., OK!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: 1986

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In honor of our very first Bands of America event in North Carolina** this weekend, we decided to honor the Tar Heel State in this edition of throwback Thursday! North Carolina has a long history of strong marching bands, and the state has produced two national champions: Sylva-Webster H.S. (1979 Summer Nationals) and Rocky Mount H.S.

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At the 1986 Grand National Championships, Rocky Mount H.S., under the direction of John C. Sykes, became the first three-time national champion. The band also won in 1983 at Eastern Tennessee State University and in 1984 at the newly constructed Hoosier Dome.

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Just like many of the other Grand National Champion photos we’ve shared here, the joy in the students’ faces are a perfect representation of the positively life-changing experiences that were at work in 1983 and still today.

 

We’re very excited to welcome bands from throughout North Carolina, as well as Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia at the BOA Super Regional Championship in Winston-Salem this weekend! If you’d like to find out more about this weekend’s event at Bowman Gray Stadium, click here.

 

**Update: After a BOA fan sent us a message, we found a program book in our archives for the 1982 Cullowhee Regional at Western Carolina University, which was the actual first BOA event in North Carolina! I apologize for the error.

 

--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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Learning week to week – the real competition!

Are you better today than you were yesterday? Did you do anything to improve what you do and how you do it? That’s the real competition! It has very little to do with what the judges may say, the scores may show, or an audience appreciates. The real competition is improving yourself!

So what could you do to make sure you’re learning week to week? Well here are a few things you can try:

Find yourself one of those inexpensive hand-held audio recorders – the kind the judges use. Record yourself in two different settings: one in rehearsal (set it on your stand and hit the record button) Next time you’re practicing on your own at home, give it a listen and follow along in your part with a pencil in hand. Put a small check mark next to the stuff you need to work on and work on it!

At the end of your practice session, re-record yourself playing the same sections you check marked. If they’re better, erase the check mark. If not, you still know what to work on next time you practice.

Color guard can do a similar approach via video. Ask someone you know to video you (kind of close up) during your next run through at practice. Use the video to review what you know and what you don’t.

Have someone else listen to and/or watch your performance. Give them your part and let them follow along and make the check marks. You might find some other areas you thought were okay, but in truth still need some work.

Developing your own self-assessment skills will enable you to improve what you do and how you do it. Learning week to week and improving yourself, now that’s the real competition.

 

 

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/

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Featured Video: Time Lapse of Finals

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Last year, the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, brought spectacular performances from 90 bands. Hosted in Lucas Oil Stadium, the 2012 Grand National Championships also featured exhibition performances by outstanding college bands, an expo with more than 100 booths, a student leadership workshop, and the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament.

Check out this cool video that presents from a birds-eye view a time-lapse of the finals competition. You can really see the different formations the bands make on the field! Make sure you watch until the end of the video so you can see the full retreat!

  

We can’t wait to see what the bands bring to the field this weekend at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, the Bowman Grey Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC and the Walter Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs, GA.

What's the coolest set you've ever seen in marching band show? Share with us in the comments!

 

 

  -Cristina

 

 Cristina Talucci is a marketing media and administrative assistant for the fall season at Music for All. Graduating from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business through the marketing, entrepreneurship, and Kelley Honors programs in 2012, Cristina has always been heavily involved in nonprofit. She has previously interned at the Monroe County Humane Association and the Institute of International Education and was president of Phi Chi Theta, Zeta Eta. She played flute in all of the North Plainfield High School bands and the Indiana University Concert Band and participated in the North Plainfield High School Winter Guard.   

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Trivia Tuesday: Longest Running BOA Venue

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Question: What venue has hosted Bands of America events for the most consecutive years?

Answer: Georgia Dome (20 years)

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Photo courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2001)

The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia will be hosting its 21st Bands of America event on October 25-26, 2013 for the Bands of America Super Regional Championship. The Dome opened in 1992 as the largest cable-supported dome structure in the world and has served as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, as well as hundreds of other sporting events including the 1996 Summer Olympics. For 20 years, BOA Championships at the Georgia Dome have been capstone events for bands across the Southeast. The first Regional Champion at the Georgia Dome was Seminole H.S., FL (1993). Tarpon Springs H.S. has won the most Regional Championships at the Dome (8, including 2009-2012).

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Last fall, Music for All and the Georgia Dome celebrated 20 years of partnership, and a commemorative football sits in the MFA office lobby to honor the occasion. The second-longest running venue is a tie! The RCA Dome hosted the BOA Grand National Championships from 1989 – 2007 (19 consecutive years), as well as 1984 – 1986. Additionally, Illinois State University hosted the Summer Symposium 19 consecutive years from 1992 – 2010.

Click here for more information on the 2013 Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional October 25-26 at the Georgia Dome. you can purchase advance tickets to this event and other Bands of America Marching Championships here.

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Allen, presented by Yamaha! The students definitely put on some amazing shows at Allen Eagle Stadium!

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 Allen Regional Champions: Hebron H.S., TX!

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