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Top 30 Rankings — Nov. 1, 2016 (Week 8)

The main changes to this week's rankings stem from performances at the Atlanta Super Regional.

Tarpon did earn the top position, but it wasn't quite the decisive victory we were expecting. They did win the GE caption, but not the music or visual caption. These results caused Tarpon to slip a few places back. It won't push them out of the discussion for the national champion title, but it will open up that conversation to groups like Avon and Ronald Reagan.

Wando (SC) performs at the Atlanta Super Regional on Oct. 29,
2016 at the Georgia Dome. The group placed second in finals
and won the visual caption. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
Atlanta results also cause Wando to jump from the Next 10 all the way up to 16th place. After being hurt by the flooding in the Carolinas last year, we are glad to see that Wando is back and they'll certainly be fighting for a finals spot at Grand Nats.

Park Vista makes their top 30 premiere in the 29th spot. This group has grown so much since their last BOA performance at the 2014 Atlanta Super Regional. We really hope they continue to participate in BOA events, and if they are able to take a show like this year's to Grand Nats, they will certainly be in the discussion for a finals spot.

Dobyns-Bennett also moved up several spots following their third place finish at Atlanta. Harrison and Franklin slid down several spots, and Walton joined the Next 10, based on their Atlanta performances.

At the Indiana state finals competition, Avon continued to push ahead of Carmel, and Castle and Homestead continue to duel it out for third place.

Vista Murrieta joins the Next 10 after winning the Long Beach Regional, ahead of former national finalist Ayala. Both groups will be attending Grand Nats this year, and we're expecting big things.

American Fork joins those California bands in the Next 10 after their victory at the St. George Regional. American Fork recently went through a director change and we're happy to see they continue to perform at a high level.

This week, we're looking forward to the Indianapolis Super Regional and the San Antonio Super Regional. Then, Nov. 8–9, the UIL State Championships will take place in San Antonio.

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


Next 10, in alphabetical order: American Fork (UT), Ayala (CA), Center Grove (IN), Clovis West (CA), Franklin (TN), O'Fallon Township (IL), Rosemount (MN), Vista Murrieta (CA), Walton (GA), and Winston Churchill (TX).

6 comments:

  1. Surprised there was no mention of Oklahoma's State championship (6A) which included Broken Arrow, Union, Owasso, Bixby and Jenks in a high scoring final.

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  2. Great to see Vista Murrieta finally in the Next 10. There shows great and they're working so hard!

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  3. I was happy enough to see park vista back in finals, but now they're among the best of the best! Congrats, guys!

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  4. BA scored a record breaking score in Super Regional finals, highest score ever in Oklahoma state championship, and not a word......very interested to understand why.

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    1. Typically scores do not mean as much as placement and the level of difficulty of the competition. As they won the super regional, they are ranked 2nd in the nation which seems appropriate considering the difficulty of the Atlanta super regional. Maybe after grand nats those top 5 will get a major shift. Just to reiterate, the actual scores mean almost nothing, as they are just a way for judges to rank the bands and they do not carry over AT ALL from competition to competition. (By the way I love broken arrows show)

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    2. Scores do matter or all the best bands would get 100. Scores are used in this poll partially. Scores go up as the season goes on and bands get better.

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