17. Blue Springs H.S., MO (AAAA)


The Blue Springs Band is a former Grand National finalist, a consistent super regional finalist, and a recipient of the Sudler Shield.

In 2017, Blue Springs is expected to attend the Renegade Review, St. Louis Super Regional, and Grand National Championships.

2016

A flute soloist from Blue Springs (MO) performs at the Golden Regiment Invitational on Oct. 1, 2016, at Blue Springs High School // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
Blue Springs competed at the St. Louis Super Regional and Indianapolis Super Regional.

At St. Louis, the group placed exactly where we expected, second behind Broken Arrow in both rounds. As Blue Springs continues to improve year over year, it's exciting to see them inch closer to Broken Arrow and away from third place. There's no doubt the band will win a caption over BA within the next few years.

At Indianapolis, Blue Springs did something quite remarkable: defeat the eventual Grand National champion. That's right. In prelims, Blue Spring beat Carmel by about a quarter of a point. In finals, they slipped to fifth place, but remained among some of the best groups in the nation.

When Blue Springs returns to Grand Nats next year, we'll see if they continue to measure up against Carmel at the top or compete more closely with Homestead and Marian Catholic.

2015

Blue Springs competed at the St. Louis Super RegionalIndianapolis Super Regional, and Grand National Championships.

Blue Springs had no hope of beating Broken Arrow, but they were able to beat Union and place 2nd in prelims. Union came back to place 2nd in finals ahead of Blue Springs in 3rd. It's a good position for Blue Springs to be in as they head to Indianapolis.

Their first time in Indianapolis showed us that Blue Springs deserved to be in finals the second time they make the long trek to Indy. After winning 3rd in class AAAA, Blue Springs placed 4th overall, directly behind Marian Catholic. Before Indy Super, we said that a poor Indy performance could be the death stamp on their Grand Nats finals wishes, but it most certainly was not.

After their Grand Nats performances, it was no surprise that they were in finals and not just on the bubble. Blue Springs placed 10th overall.



2014

Blue Springs competed at the St. Louis Super Regional and Atlanta Super Regional. Blue Springs placements at both of these events were exactly as predicted. They haven't yet been able to break ahead of any BOA powerhouse, but they continue to creep up to the top. If they do return to Grand Nats next year, they will definitely be in the discussion for a finals performance.

2013

Blue Springs was the hardest band to rank on this list. Here's why:
-2nd at St. Louis right behind Broken Arrow
-6th at San Antonio (placing ahead of 4 Grand Nats Finalists, and 1st in VGE)
-10th in Grand Nats Prelims
-16th in Grand Nats Semis
They had a great band, a great show, a great season, and a shocking placement in Semis. Sometimes that stuff happens at BOA events. That doesn't change the fact that their show beat some of the top competition in the US at some of the most competitive BOA events, especially Grand Nats. We expect they'll be in finals in the next couple of years.

Past Competition Results:
EventMusic PerformanceVisual PerformanceGeneral EffectTotalClass #
IndEnsAvgIndEnsAvgMus 1Mus 2Mus TotalVisGE Total
2016 Indianapolis Finals17.90
(3)
18.00
(4)
17.95
(3)
17.90
(5)
18.60
(3)
18.25
(3)
17.20
(9)
16.90
(9)
34.10
(9)
18.80
(2)
52.90
(6)
89.10
(5)
2016 Indianapolis Prelims17.60
(5)
16.90
(7)
17.25
(5)
18.30
(3)
18.70
(1)
18.50
(2)
18.30
(1)
18.20
(4)
36.50
(2)
18.80
(2)
55.30
(2)
91.05
(2)
AAAA-2
2016 St. Louis Finals18.10
(3)
18.20
(2)
18.15
(2)
18.00
(2)
18.60
(2)
18.30
(2)
17.90
(2)
18.70
(2)
36.60
(2)
18.60
(2)
55.20
(2)
91.65
(2)
2016 St. Louis Prelims18.20
(4)
18.30
(5)
18.25
(3)
18.10
(1)
18.00
(2)
18.05
(2)
18.40
(2)
18.30
(2)
36.70
(2)
18.00
(2)
54.70
(2)
91.00
(2)
AAAA-2
2015 Grand National Finals18.80
(6)
17.90
(12)
18.35
(10)
17.50
(10)
18.20
(10)
17.85
(11)
17.10
(12)
18.30
(8)
35.40
(10)
17.50
(11)
52.90
(10)
89.10
(10)
2015 Grand National Semifinals17.40
(16)
18.40
(9)
17.90
(11)
18.10
(6)
18.00
(12)
18.05
(8)
18.30
(12)
18.60
(11)
36.90
(12)
17.90
(11)
54.80
(11)
90.75
(10)
AAAA-8
2015 Grand National Prelims 218.20
(4)
18.10
(6)
18.15
(4)
18.60
(3)
17.50
(9)
18.05
(7)
18.40
(6)
18.20
(6)
36.60
(6)
18.10
(6)
54.70
(6)
90.90
(6)
AAAA-5
2015 Indianapolis Finals16.00
(5)
17.50
(2)
16.75
(4)
16.10
(10)
17.10
(4)
16.60
(7)
17.50
(3)
17.10
(3)
34.60
(3)
17.30
(3)
51.90
(3)
85.25
(4)
2015 Indianapolis Prelims17.50
(3)
17.50
(9)
17.50
(6)
15.10
(7)
17.00
(7)
16.05
(8)
18.30
(4)
17.30
(10)
35.60
(3)
18.00
(3)
53.60
(3)
87.15
(4)
AAAA-3
2015 St. Louis Finals15.60
(10)
15.40
(9)
15.50
(10)
17.80
(2)
16.60
(3)
17.20
(2)
16.80
(3)
16.80
(3)
33.60
(3)
17.30
(2)
50.90
(3)
83.60
(3)
2015 St. Louis Prelims17.70
(2)
17.80
(2)
17.75
(2)
17.80
(2)
16.90
(5)
17.35
(2)
17.40
(2)
17.80
(1)
35.20
(2)
17.40
(3)
52.60
(2)
87.70
(2)
AAAA-2
2014 Atlanta Finals17.10
(6)
17.30
(6)
17.20
(6)
17.70
(4)
17.60
(5)
17.65
(5)
16.80
(5)
17.80
(5)
34.60
(5)
16.90
(6)
51.50
(5)
86.35
(5)
2014 Atlanta Prelims17.00
(6)
17.60
(5)
17.30
(5)
17.60
(2)
17.40
(7)
17.50
(4)
17.10
(6)
17.60
(5)
34.70
(6)
17.70
(7)
52.40
(6)
87.20
(5)
AAAA-3
2014 St. Louis Finals17.20
(3)
16.00
(5)
16.60
(4)
17.50
(2)
17.30
(2)
17.40
(2)
16.90
(2)
16.80
(3)
33.70
(2)
17.20
(3)
50.90
(3)
84.90
(2)
2014 St. Louis Prelims17.90
(2)
17.50
(4)
17.70
(2)
17.30
(2)
17.00
(6)
17.15
(2)
17.30
(4)
17.20
(7)
34.50
(5)
16.70
(9)
51.20
(5)
86.05
(2)
AAAA-2
2013 Grand National Semifinals17.80
(12)
17.80
(14)
17.80
(14)
18.60
(4)
17.70
(11)
18.15
(7)
17.10
(20)
16.50
(23)
33.60
(21)
17.40
(15)
51.00
(20)
86.95
(16)
AAAA-13
2013 Grand National Prelims 216.80
(10)
17.60
(6)
17.20
(7)
17.90
(5)
18.00
(9)
17.95
(5)
18.10
(7)
18.60
(5)
36.70
(4)
17.50
(8)
54.20
(6)
89.35
(6)
AAAA-5
2013 San Antonio Finals16.20
(14)
17.00
(11)
16.60
(14)
16.90
(10)
17.60
(6)
17.25
(5)
17.90
(9)
18.10
(8)
36.00
(7)
19.00
(1)
55.00
(4)
88.85
(6)
2013 San Antonio Prelims18.60
(7)
17.10
(13)
17.85
(10)
17.90
(6)
18.50
(3)
18.20
(4)
16.70
(16)
16.70
(15)
33.40
(16)
17.90
(11)
51.30
(13)
87.3
(10)
AAAA-10
2013 St. Louis Finals17.20
(2)
16.90
(3)
17.05
(2)
17.30
(4)
16.60
(7)
16.95
(5)
17.30
(3)
17.10
(3)
34.40
(3)
16.70
(7)
51.10
(3)
85.10
(2)
2013 St. Louis Prelims16.60
(9)
17.20
(11)
16.90
(9)
17.60
(2)
16.90
(7)
17.25
(4)
17.80
(3)
17.80
(3)
35.60
(3)
17.50
(2)
53.10
(3)
87.25
(3)
AAAA-3
2012 Atlanta Finals16.50
(10)
16.80
(7)
16.65
(8)
16.40
(5)
16.10
(8)
16.25
(7)
16.50
(9)
16.30
(8)
32.80
(9)
17.20
(4)
50.00
(6)
82.90
(6)
2012 Atlanta Prelims17.60
(6)
16.60
(8)
17.10
(6)
16.70
(5)
16.90
(5)
16.80
(4)
15.70
(11)
16.80
(9)
32.50
(9)
16.90
(8)
49.40
(7)
83.30
(6)
AAAA-3
2012 St. Louis Finals15.20
(7)
17.00
(4)
16.10
(5)
16.20
(5)
16.70
(4)
16.45
(4)
17.10
(4)
17.10
(4)
34.20
(4)
16.60
(5)
50.80
(4)
83.35
(3)
2012 St. Louis Prelims16.10
(10)
15.60
(16)
15.85
(14)
15.50
(14)
16.40
(6)
15.95
(10)
16.40
(3)
16.50
(5)
32.90
(3)
16.90
(4)
49.80
(3)
81.60
(4)
AAAA-4
2011 Grand National Semifinals16.50
(18)
16.80
(16)
16.65
(16)
16.50
(19)
15.20
(28)
15.85
(26)
18.00
(11)
17.50
(13)
35.50
(13)
15.70
(24)
51.20
(13)
83.60*
(16)
AAA-2
2011 Grand National Prelims 216.90
(10)
17.00
(9)
16.95
(9)
17.00
(9)
16.90
(14)
16.95
(10)
16.70
(16)
16.80
(14)
33.50
(15)
16.60
(13)
50.10
(15)
84.00
(12)
AAA-2
2011 St. Louis Finals16.40
(4)
16.40
(5)
16.40
(5)
16.10
(5)
12.80
(14)
14.45
(11)
15.50
(8)
14.80
(8)
30.30
(7)
15.20
(9)
45.50
(8)
76.35
(7)
2011 St. Louis Prelims16.60
(4)
17.70
(4)
17.15
(5)
16.90
(2)
15.30
(18)
16.10
(7)
17.40
(5)
17.40
(6)
34.80
(6)
15.00
(19)
49.80
(7)
83.05
(7)
AAAA-5
2010 St. Louis Finals14.60
(8)
14.60
(9)
14.60
(10)
14.60
(10)
14.00
(13)
14.30
(13)
14.50
(8)
14.60
(11)
29.10
(10)
15.00
(9)
44.10
(9)
73.00
(10)
2010 St. Louis Prelims16.50
(6)
17.00
(3)
16.75
(3)
16.70
(8)
15.60
(8)
16.15
(7)
16.60
(12)
17.10
(5)
33.70
(6)
15.60
(10)
49.30
(7)
82.20
(7)
AAAA-6

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