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2016 Monroeville, PA Regional


Prelims Results
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Class A
1. Norton H.S., OH
2. North East H.S., PA
3. Licking Valley H.S., OH

Music: Norton H.S., OH
Visual: Norton H.S., OH
GE: Norton H.S., OH

Class AA
1. Moon Area H.S., PA
2. Rock Ridge H.S., VA
3. Kiski Area H.S., PA

Music: Rock Ridge H.S., VA
Visual: Moon Area H.S., PA
GE: Moon Area H.S., PA

Class AAA
1. James Madison H.S., VA
2. Norwin H.S., PA

Music: Norwin H.S., PA
Visual: Norwin H.S., PA
GE: James Madison H.S., VA

Class AAAA
1. Brunswick H.S., OH
2. Fairfax H.S., VA
3. Naperville North H.S., IL

Music: Brunswick H.S., OH
Visual: Brunswick H.S., OH
GE: Brunswick H.S., OH

Finals Results:
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1. (70.05) Norwin H.S., PA
2. (69.95) Moon Area H.S., PA
3. (69.65) Rock Ridge H.S., VA
4. (69.45) James Madison H.S., VA
5. (68.00) Brunswick H.S., OH
6. (67.10) Kiski Area H.S., PA
7. (65.15) Norton H.S., OH
8. (64.45) Naperville North H.S., IL
9. (62.05) Gateway H.S., PA
10. (59.65) Fairfax H.S., VA
11. (58.35) Licking Valley H.S., OH
12. (58.25) North East H.S., PA
13. (52.85) St. Edward H.S., OH
14. (52.75) West Seneca H.S., NY

Music: James Madison H.S., VA
Visual: Norwin H.S., PA
GE: Rock Ridge H.S., VA

Returning 2015 Finalists (6):
1. Kiski Area H.S., PA (Music/Visual/GE)
4. Norwin H.S., PA
5. Gateway H.S., PA
8. Licking Valley H.S., OH
9. West Seneca H.S., NY
12. Deer Lakes H.S. PA

Previous Champions:
This regional moved from North Huntingdon to Monroeville in 2012.
2015: Kiski Area H.S., PA
2014: Kiski Area H.S., PA
2013: Norwin H.S., PA
2012: Norwin H.S., PA
2011: Norwin H.S., PA

States Represented (6):
Illinois
Maryland
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Virginia
About
The 2016 Monroeville Regional will be held Sept. 17 at Gateway High School. In 2015, Kiski Area had a decisive victory over Allatoona, Bassett, and Norwin to be named Regional Champion.

Analysis
For the seventh consecutive year, the opening weekend of competition will include a regional in Western Pennsylvania. In that time frame, the regional has seen only two champions: Kiski Area and Norwin.

This year, that streak might be in jeopardy, as James Madison will prepare to make a strong showing in Monroeville. The group earned first in prelims and second in finals at the 2015 Newark Regional, placing ahead of Norwin in both rounds.

Last year, all participating groups were invited to perform in finals, but looking at the schedule, it appears only the top 10 scoring groups in prelims will be invited to perform in finals, as is typical in regional competitions.

Beyond Madison, Kiski, and Norwin vying for the champion position, there are 11 other groups vying for a finalist position.

We expect Brunswick and Gateway to round out the top half of finals.

Brunswick has consistently made finals, but chose not to perform in finals last year.

Gateway has the home field advantage, but also a great band program that can hold its own against the many challengers.

The bottom half could fall out a bunch of different ways:

Fairfax, Licking Valley, Norton, and West Seneca have all made finals at Monroeville in past years and look like four groups well poised to do it again.

The fifth group we expect to be in the bottom half is a new group, relatively unheard of. Rock Ridge High School opened in 2014, and in their third year of existence the band will be competing at their first BOA regional. It's a huge accomplishment to make finals your first time at a regional, but the Monroeville Regional gives them the best odds.

Predictions
Predictions represent the majority opinion of the HornRank staff.
1. James Madison H.S., VA
2. Kiski Area H.S., PA
3. Norwin H.S., PA
4. Brunswick H.S., OH
5. Gateway H.S., PA
6. Fairfax H.S., VA
7. Rock Ridge H.S., VA
8. Licking Valley H.S., OH
9. Norton H.S., OH
10. West Seneca H.S., NY

Adjudication Panel
Music: John Alstrin, Gifford Howarth, Jeremy Spicer, and David Starnes
Visual: J.R. Carlisle, Lee Carlson, and Chris Moss
Chief: Gary Markham

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