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Top 30 Rankings — Oct. 25, 2016 (Week 7)

The St. Louis Super Regional was as intense as we expected. Bentonville did not advance to finals and the elite Oklahoma bands faced some stiff competition.

Bellevue West (NE) performs in St. Louis Super
Regional Finals on Oct. 22, 2016, at the Dome at
America's Center. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten.
Broken Arrow's decisive victory shifts them up to the #2 position, which means the two best groups in the nation won't be attending the Grand National Championships. Blue Springs and Owasso also moved up a few spots, while Union move down a few spots.

Two other St. Louis finalists were able to grab spots in the Top 30 this week: Bellevue West, which earned fourth place in finals, and Rosemount, which slipped to seventh place in finals after placing third in prelims. This is the first time Bellevue West has ever appeared in the Top 30.

O'Fallon Township fell out of the Top 30, but rests safely in the Next 10.

In Indiana, Avon and Carmel faced off in state semifinals. Avon earned a much more decisive victory than they did at regionals, beating Carmel by 1.75 points and winning every judge except the visual individual judge. This caused them to move into the top five and sets them up in prime position as we move toward the Indianapolis Super Regional. Homestead narrowly beat Castle by a tenth of a point, causing them to jump to #20 and pushing Castle back a few spots.

Lastly, Performances at the San Jose Regional caused two new California groups to be featured in the Next 10. Clovis West won the regional with the GE caption, and Saratoga placed second with the music and visual captions. The two groups join Ayala, former Grand National finalist, for a total of three California bands in the Next 10.

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


Next 10, in alphabetical order: Ayala (CA), Center Grove (IN), Clovis West (CA), James F. Byrnes (SC), O'Fallon Township (IL), Prospect (IL), Saratoga (CA), Vista Ridge (TX), Wando (SC), and Winston Churchill (TX).

21 comments:

  1. Why did Richland get moved out of the next ten? Seventh at the super regional pushed Rosemount into the top 30 but one spot behind them moved Richland out of the list completely.

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    1. Rosemount was 3rd in prelims and there was intense competition between the 3-7 spots while Richland placed 8th in both prelims and finals.

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  2. Not one KY band - I'm calling bs!

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    1. What Kentucky band do you think could beat any of these groups?

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    2. I think North Hardin could have a place in the Top 40, or at least a state honorable mention. ;)

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  3. O'Fallon out of the top 30 when they beat a band you added in?

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    1. I totally agree with you, not right.

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    2. I was in attendance at St Louis and I think they actually got this right. Prelims are part of scores too, not just finals, and also the eye test is part of it I'm sure. O'fallon was simply not as impressive as Rosemount, Union, Owasso, or Bellevue West in person. Still great, but not quite the same.

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    3. By all means count the prelim scores also!! Beat Union in prelims and was .55 behind Owasso. Sure. Count that

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  4. I would have placed Rosemount higher in finals. An eye popping show with difficult props to move and challenging foot work for the band. It's hard to imagine how a band could sweep their class and be 3rd overall in prelims, only to drop to 7th. They were a crowd favorite and there was a stunned silence when they were announced at 7th. Another stunner - no Eden Prairie in finals. Huge disappointment. Also, I would have placed Union ahead of Owasso in this particular competition. Both bands are awesome but I don't think it was one of Owasso's better performances; there was a delay at the beginning of their show and the some of the guard was having difficulty with the props. I'm sure they'll overcome that in future performances.

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    1. BA pride! I'm totally in agreement with BANDgeek's assessment though. We were right beside Rosemount's crowd, and telling them they were one of a couple of bands we felt had a chance against us. They were great in prelims and I kinda thought were even better in Finals. I had them 2 or 3 behind BA, why we were very stunned when they were announced at 7th.

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    2. One has to wonder what happened or what the agenda was. I can think of no other explanation. It was not expected by anyone in that arena. I hope they keep coming back and delighting the crowd.

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    3. I'm a Rosemount Band parent, so I could be a bit biased :). I totally agree with BANDgeek - Rosemount's performance was original, inspiring, artistic, and just stunningly beautiful!! They definitely deserved a higher spot than No.7. But life isn't always fair. Can't be more proud of our band!!

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  5. drove from chicago to watch my niece play her last year. they didn't make the finals, but this minnesota band quickly caught my attention. it might be a matter of taste but i thought they were going to go higher than 7th in the finals. it was silent when they were announced as 7th.

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    1. I've gone to many band competitions. The first time I heard a silence was when the Rosemount band was announced at 7th. No one around me saw that coming. Unfortunate.

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  6. Way to go Bellevue west! Bellevue west had an amazing show in finals

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  7. Texas UIL 6A AREA has arrived. AREA is like STATE semi-finals. There are 8 AREA competitions around the state Saturday - each sending some bands to STATE Nov 8th. AREA's send as few as 3 or as many as 8 bands to STATE - most AREA's get 4 or 5. I believe the total at STATE this year is 38. Most of the Texas 6A bands in this website's poll (Top 30 and Next 10)should be safely into STATE - Cedar Park is 5A so they aren't in the mix tomorrow. One exception might be the AREA centered in Austin - it has more bands in this poll than there are spots available to them at STATE. So depending on how the day goes, a couple of great bands might not advance to STATE. But there are always surprises around the state on AREA day. Good luck to the 200+ bands competing tomorrow in AREA.

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  8. Paul Laurence Dunbar and Lafayette from Lexington Kentucky could also be contenders on this list. Also Adair and Bourbon County from Kentucky.

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    1. What about Madison Central and North Hardin?

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    2. I've always wondered if Hornrank looked at Kentucky contests or KMEA state championships to see if a band could be on their list. Hornrank usually adjusts their list based on results from in-state circuits of other states like Indiana or Illinois. In 2015, North Hardin made the top 30 list and that year in KMEA championships Madison Central barely beat them in finals (by 0.2) yet did not end up in the top 30. I'm not stating it as a criticism but simply a curiosity if the staff goes on kyband and looks at the scores to see if Kentucky bands are a possibility.

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    3. We definitely take other circuits into account, but some circuits tend to produce that are significantly different from BOA results. I'm very interested to see how Madison Central does at the Indianapolis Super Regional this weekend.

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