Throwback Thursday: 1987
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: 1987

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This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the teenage years of BOA, a time when newspapers were the primary source of information, and the Berlin Wall was still standing tall.  Seems like a while ago, right? 

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This 1987 article from the Detroit Free Press highlighted what is still BOA’s largest event: the Grand National Championships. However, this Grand Nationals was slightly different than what we’ve grown accustomed to over past years. It wasn’t held in Indianapolis, the city that has become BOA’s home. No, back in 1987 Grand Nationals were staged at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan (They would again be held at the Silverdome in 1988). 50 bands competed, and only two days were needed to crown a champion, Marian Catholic H.S. And, as most know, today we have two jam-packed days of prelims followed by full day of semi-finals and finals performances. Needless to say, Bands of America is now an adult.

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This piece also included a quote that I think sums up BOA performances perfectly: “It’s not the old high step (University of) Michigan marching band performance that many people are used to. It’s a much more sophisticated performance. It’s more of a concert hall effect with motion.”

So what do you think? How have you seen BOA change throughout the years?

Check out the full article below.

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John DeRoss

John DeRoss is a marketing assistant new to the team at Music for All. He is a graduate of the Arts Management program at Indiana University - Bloomington and has previously worked/interned in the music industry for the Secretly Label Group.  In his spare time John enjoys playing guitar and obsessing over Bob Dylan

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