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2017 Fall Schedule

Music for All announced its 2017 Bands of America fall championships schedule with only a few minor changes from the 2016 season.

Flower Mound (TX) performs at the Plano Regional on Oct. 1,
2016, at John Clark Stadium. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
While the total number of events remains the same, one notable absence is a Pacific Northwest regional. MFA has not had much success hosting a regional marching event in that area the past few years, and it appears they've decided to focus on other areas of the country, at least in the short term.

After a few years of low enrollment at Monroeville, MFA has decided to move that first-weekend regional across the border to Canton, Ohio, home of reigning Drum Corps International World Champion Bluecoats.

In Texas, a regional was added in Midland, bringing the total number of Texas regionals to five plus San Antonio. While it's not El Paso, the Midland Regional could draw a few groups from New Mexico who wouldn't otherwise make the drive to a BOA event.

Southeastern regionals remain at the same locations, except for the super regional, which has historically been held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Dome is scheduled to be demolished this year, and a new professional stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is under construction. It's unclear if the price and availability of the new stadium would be appropriate for a BOA event.

The Indianapolis Super Regional moves up two weekends, sharing the weekend of the St. Louis Super Regional. Indy Super typically has higher enrollment when it is held prior to the end of the Indiana state competition, so a fuller enrollment than last season can be expected.

Overall, no huge changes from 2016 to 2017, but still an exciting slate of events that will be here much faster than you think.

The following schedule contains a few regional-level competitions that are not affiliated with MFA or BOA, in addition to the BOA fall championship events. Some of these other competitions feature as many nationally-renowned participants and adjudicators as most BOA regionals. As other circuits and bands announce their notable 2017 competitions, they will be added to the schedule below.

Fall 2017 Schedule
*Italics indicate a regional-quality competition that is not affiliated with Music for All or Bands of America but consistently features nationally-renowned participants and adjudicators.

Sept. 16, 2017
Canton, Ohio — Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Powder Springs, Georgia — McEachern High School

Sept. 23, 2017
Austin, Texas — Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Clarksville, Tennessee — Austin Peay State University
Toledo, Ohio — University of Toledo

Sept. 30, 2017
*[Blue Springs, Missouri], Golden Regiment Invtl. — Blue Springs High School
McAllen, Texas — McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
*Owasso, [Oklahoma], Marching Invtl. — Owasso High School
Southlake, Texas — Dragon Stadium

Oct. 7, 2017
Conroe, Texas — Woodforest Bank Stadium
Dayton, Ohio — Welcome Stadium
Jacksonville, Alabama — Jacksonville State University
Newark, Delaware — The University of Delaware

Oct. 14, 2017
*[Austin, Texas], Texas Marching Classic — Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Midland, Texas — Grande Communications Stadium
*[Minneapolis, Minnesota], Youth in Music Championships — U.S. Bank Stadium
*[Tulsa, Oklahoma], Renegade Review — Union High School
Winston-Salem, North Carolina — Wake Forest University

Oct. 20–21, 2017
Indianapolis Super Regional — Lucas Oil Stadium
St. Louis Super Regional — The Dome at America's Center

Oct. 28, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia — Site TBD
San Jose, California — San Jose State University (tentative)
Southern California — Site TBD

Nov. 3–4, 2017
San Antonio Super Regional — Alamodome

Nov. 4, 2017
St. George, Utah — Desert Hills High School (tentative)

Nov. 9–11, 2017
Grand National Championships — Lucas Oil Stadium

Top 30 Rankings — Nov. 15, 2016 (Week 10)

This is a set of rankings from an older poll. We keep all our polls online for archival purposes. You might want to view the current Top 30 rankings or read how we determine rankings.

This year's Grand National Championships included a couple of significant firsts.

Carmel (IN) performs in Grand National Semifinals on Nov. 12, 2016,
at Lucas Oil Stadium. Later that evening, Carmel was named Grand
National champion for the 2016 season. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
For the first time ever, there was a tie for 12th place in semifinals, which means 13 bands were invited to perform in finals.

For the first time ever, there was a tie for first place in finals, which was broken by the GE score, in accordance with the BOA adjudication handbook.

For the third time ever, Carmel was named Grand National champion. They are now one of five schools to have won Grand Nationals three times, and one of only eight schools to have won more than once.

There are very few schools that are able to retain the level of excellence in competition that Carmel has for such a long period of time. And there's no reason to think they won't continue to be in the running for the national champion title for many more years to come.

Most of this week's adjustments reflect placements from the weekend's Grand Nationals, but most people will notice that Carmel is not in the No. 1 position. Unfortunately Flower Mound and Broken Arrow did not compete at Grand Nationals this year, but we're excited to see both of these groups return to Indianapolis next year.

The previous week's rankings are in parenthesis. Read about how we determine rankings.

Next 10, in alphabetical order: Ayala (CA), Bellevue West (NE), Cedar Ridge (TX), Center Grove (IN), Cypress Falls (TX), James F. Byrnes (SC), Keller (TX), Lawrence Township (IN), O'Fallon Township (IL), Plymouth-Canton (MI),

2017 Grand National Championships



Confirmed Participants (3):
The following schools have been confirmed as participants by a director or booster officer. If you are a band director or booster officer, email tips@hornrank.com to let us know which events you'll be competing at this fall.

Greendale H.S., WI
James F. Byrnes H.S., SC
Miamisburg H.S., OH

Unconfirmed Participants (38):
The following schools have either listed this event on their public calendar or are widely rumored to be attending. If you have any information, let us know here.

Avon H.S., IN
Blue Springs H.S., MO
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Campbell County H.S., KY
Carmel H.S., IN
Castle H.S., IN
Centennial H.S., TN
Center Grove H.S., IN
Central Hardin H.S., KY
Davenport Central H.S., IA
Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Fishers H.S., IN
Flower Mound H.S., TX
Fort Mill H.S., SC
Franklin H.S., TN
Fred J. Page H.S., TN
Homestead H.S., IN
Immaculata H.S., NJ
Jenison H.S., MI
La Salle H.S., OH
Lake Central H.S., IN
Lake Park H.S., IL
Lakeland H.S., MI
Lakota West H.S., OH
Lawrence Township H.S., IN
Maui H.S., HI
Mililani H.S., HI
O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
Plymouth-Canton E.P., MI
Round Rock H.S., TX
The Woodlands H.S., TX
Troy Athens H.S., MI
Union City H.S., TN
Union H.S., OK
Walled Lake Central H.S., MI
William Mason H.S., OH
Wilmington H.S., OH
Winston Churchill H.S., TX

Returning 2016 Finalists (0):
None confirmed.

Previous Champions:
2016: Carmel H.S., IN
2015: Broken Arrow H.S., OK
2014: Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
2013: The Woodlands H.S., TX
2012: Carmel H.S., IN
2011: Broken Arrow H.S., OK

States Represented (13):
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin.
About
The 2017 Grand National Championships will be held Nov. 9–11 at Lucas Oil Stadium. In 2016, Carmel was named Grand National Champion. Despite tying Avon in overall score, Carmel won because it earned a higher general effect total score.

2017 St. George Regional



Confirmed Participants (0):
The following schools have been confirmed as participants by a director or booster officer. If you are a band director or booster officer, email tips@hornrank.com to let us know which events you'll be competing at this fall.

Unconfirmed Participants (10):
The following schools have either listed this event on their public calendar or are widely rumored to be attending. If you have any information, let us know here.

American Fork H.S., UT
Arbor View H.S., NV
Bingham H.S., UT
Damonte Ranch H.S., NV
Davis H.S., UT
Foothill H.S., NV
Herriman H.S., UT
Loveland H.S., CO
Mesa H.S., AZ
Westlake H.S., UT

Returning 2016 Finalists (0):
None confirmed.

Previous Champions:
2016: American Fork H.S., UT
2015: American Fork H.S., UT
2014: American Fork H.S., UT
2013: American Fork H.S., UT
2012: American Fork H.S., UT
2011: Upland H.S., CA

States Represented (3):
Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.
About
The 2017 St. George, Utah, Regional will be held Oct 28 at a location to be announced. In 2016, American Fork won its fifth consecutive regional championship.

2017 San Antonio Super Regional



Confirmed Participants (2):
The following schools have been confirmed as participants by a director or booster officer. If you are a band director or booster officer, email tips@hornrank.com to let us know which events you'll be competing at this fall.

Hidalgo H.S., TX
Timber Creek H.S., TX

Unconfirmed Participants (25):
The following schools have either listed this event on their public calendar or are widely rumored to be attending. If you have any information, let us know here.

Avon H.S., IN
Brazoswood H.S., TX
Cedar Park H.S., TX
Cedar Ridge H.S., TX
Coppell H.S., TX
Cy-Fair H.S., TX
Flower Mound H.S., TX
Hendrickson H.S., TX
James Bowie H.S., TX
Katy H.S., TX
Keller H.S., TX
Keller Central H.S., TX
LD Bell H.S., TX
Leander H.S., TX
New Braunfels H.S., TX
Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
Round Rock H.S., TX
Rouse H.S., TX
The Woodlands H.S., TX
Vandegrift H.S., TX
Vista Ridge H.S., TX
Wakeland H.S., TX
Westwood H.S., TX
Winston Churchill H.S., TX
Wylie H.S., TX

Returning 2016 Finalists (0):
None confirmed.

Previous Champions:
2016: Flower Mound H.S., TX
2015: Flower Mound H.S., TX
2014: Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
2013: The Woodlands H.S., TX
2012: Marcus H.S., TX
2011: LD Bell H.S., TX

States Represented (2):
Indiana and Texas.
About
The 2017 San Antonio Super Regional will be held Nov. 3–4 at the Alamodome. In 2016, Flower Mound swept the finals competition, earning first place from every single judge.

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