|Flower Mound (TX) performs at the Plano Regional on Oct. 1,|
2016, at John Clark Stadium. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
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
Austin, Texas — Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Clarksville, Tennessee — Austin Peay State University
Toledo, Ohio — University of Toledo (tentative)
Sept. 30, 2017
*[Blue Springs, Missouri] Golden Regiment Invtl. — Blue Springs High School
McAllen, Texas — McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
Southlake, Texas — Dragon Stadium
Conroe, Texas — Woodforest Bank Stadium (tentative)
Dayton, Ohio — Welcome Stadium
Jacksonville, Alabama — Jacksonville State University
Newark, Delaware — The University of Delaware (tentative)
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
Winston-Salem, North Carolina — Wake Forest University (tentative)
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