Bands of America Marching Championships

Bands of America Marching Championships

Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) marching band championships are the premier events for marching band in the nation. BOA’s marching band shows offer positively life-changing experiences for the students, teachers and parents of the bands who participate, as well as fans and spectators.


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Bands of America Philosophy

“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you.” - Henry J. Kaiser (American industrialist and founder of the Kaiser Aluminum, Kaiser Steel and the Kaiser Family Foundation)

Competition is woven into the very fabric of America and has helped to foster the development of has helped to
develop the nation into a global leader. Bands of America and Music for All believe that competing is a great
motivator and provides amazing opportunities for learning life-lessons. The essence of competition is in the
striving for performance excellence and being held accountable for learning. If the focus is on the learning, the
competitive climate will be a source extremely valuable in life. On the other hand, the negativity associated with
“winning at all costs” will be a detriment to personal growth. Winning is certainly a monumental benchmark, as is
any measurement in the competitive arena. Performing your very best in competition is also a benchmark, as is
competing with the very best programs. By choosing to participate in competition, individuals and groups have
already “won” simply by being highly motivated.

The competitive arena provides a very precious opportunity to practice quality sportsmanship and sincere
appreciation for the hard work of others. It also is the place where the very best models in our activity can be
displayed and celebrated. All performers need models to demonstrate possibility at the highest levels of
performance and artistry. Bands of America encourages all participants to stay for Finals showing appreciation for
those models, and for Finalists to “break ranks” in order to congratulate each other for their successes. As all
programs continue to improve through motivation, the competition strengthens everyone pushing us beyond what
we believed to be our potential. Each and every band performance is a gift to us all and must be treasured. First
place is fleeting, but the learning associated with the striving for excellence, the cooperative work ethic, and the
appreciation of others is everlasting. Bands of America encourages participants, parents and friends to celebrate
the high value of the competitive environment for its lessons and to become immersed in “positively life-changing
experiences.”

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