2017 Toledo Regional


Prelims Results
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Class A
1. Norwell H.S., IN
2. Norton H.S., OH
3. Bellbrook H.S., OH
Music: Norwell H.S., IN
Visual: Norton H.S., OH
GE: Norwell H.S., IN

Class AA
1. Jenison H.S., MI
2. Morton H.S., IL
3. Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
Music: Jenison H.S., MI
Visual: Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
GE: Jenison H.S., MI

Class AAA
1. Miamisburg H.S., OH
2. Walled Lake Central H.S., MI
3. Northmont H.S., OH
Music: Miamisburg H.S., OH
Visual: Miamisburg H.S., OH
GE: Miamisburg H.S., OH

Class AAAA
1. Homestead H.S., IN
2. William Mason H.S., OH
3. Centerville H.S., OH
Music: William Mason H.S., OH
Visual: William Mason H.S., OH
GE: William Mason H.S., OH

Finals Results
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1. (75.55) Homestead H.S., IN
2. (74.40) William Mason H.S., OH
3. (71.20) Centerville H.S., OH
4. (70.75) Plymouth-Canton E.P., MI
5. (70.50) Jenison H.S., MI
6. (67.25) Lake Central H.S., IN
7. (66.05) Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
8. (65.80) Morton H.S., IL
9. (64.05) Lakota West H.S., OH
10. (63.10) Miamisburg H.S., OH

Music: Homestead H.S., IN
Visual: William Mason H.S., OH
GE: Homestead H.S., IN

Returning 2016 Finalists (6)
1. William Mason H.S., OH
2. Plymouth-Canton E.P., MI
4. Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
5. Walled Lake Central H.S., MI
6. Lakota West H.S., OH
9. Jenison H.S., MI

Previous Champions
2016: William Mason H.S., OH
2015: William Mason H.S., OH
2014: Goshen H.S., IN
2013: Lake Central H.S., IN

States Represented (5)
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

The 2017 Toledo, Ohio, Regional will be held Sept. 23 at University of Toledo. In 2016, William Mason won a huge victory, just under 6 points ahead of second-place Plymouth-Canon.

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Analysis
William Mason performs in Grand National Finals on Nov. 12, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
The primary contenders will be Homestead and William Mason, two consistent national finalists. While a simple comparison of their previous match ups may show that Mason has nothing to be worried about, both schools have recently undergone director changes, which can have big changes in a band’s identity and approach to show design. It’s also September, which means crazy things can happen. Bands that are usually one of the best in the nation can find themselves losing to a band who is just a little ahead of schedule on the learning and cleaning process.

Behind those two, we expect to see Centerville, Lake Central, and Plymouth-Canton filling out the top half. These three schools put together some incredibly creative and entertaining shows year after year. And why they haven’t recently appeared in national finals like the top two, any one of them could walk away with a bronze medal.

The bottom half could fall out a lot of different way. Jenison, Lakota West, Reeths-Puffer, and Walled Lake Central all appeared in finals at this regional last year. But those groups are joined by four other groups that appeared in finals at the Dayton Regional last year: Archbishop Alter, Bellbrook, Miamisburg, and Victor. We expect the majority of the remaining finalist spots to be claimed by these schools.

But there’s one other school to keep on your radar: Morton. The Illinois band last finals appearance was at the 2012 St. Louis Super Regional. They’ve continued to attend various super regionals or Grand Nats each year, always placing out of finals. This regional could be their opportunity to return to finals performance at a regional level.

Predictions
1. William Mason H.S., OH
2. Homestead H.S., IN
3. Plymouth-Canton E.P., MI
4. Centerville H.S., OH
5. Lake Central H.S., IN
6. Victor H.S., NY
7. Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
8. Jenison H.S., MI
9. Miamisburg H.S., OH
10. Walled Lake Central H.S., MI

Adjudication Panel
Music: Carl Bly, Bryan Crisp, Jeremy Earnhart, and Dale Warren.
Visual: Mike Anderson, John Fisher, and Juno Orefice.
Chief: Richard Saucedo.

11 comments:

  1. How close will Homestead and William Mason be?!?!?

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    1. I'm guessing closer than Mason would like them to be.

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    2. About 2 points, though I'm not sure it will mean much. Mason should sweep captions and win easily, and Homestead should be easily in second. The spread will depend on how the judges are scoring. Could be a point. Could be 5. Won't mean much beyond Mason is better.

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  2. I'm from Reeths-Puffer, and we have a amazing show for everyone to see. It's going to be great.

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  3. Was Homestead really that good, or was it a fluke?

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  4. Both if you look at the full recap of prelims. Mason won but had 2 points in penalties but in finals homestead won even if mason had no penalties. Mason will beat homestead in the end and maybe even make a run for the gold in grand nats with their previous progression

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    1. I don't care what recaps say. I'm going to trust my eyes and my ears and what I saw on the field at Toledo, no matter how incomplete it was, won't even come close to making a run for the gold. Mason can still perform well, but the design on this show is just nothing close to what they've put out the last 6 years. There is no dynamic range in the music, the drill is slow paced and uninspiring, and the guard (who is obviously the focus of the show) lacks any hint of the energy and presence that they had under the previous staff/design team. Mason may still make Finals, but they won't get higher than 8th and even that is a stretch.

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  5. Will homestead make finals? I’m confused by them this year. They seemed to have been written off before the season started due to their change in directors, but then they win a regional. Are they peaking too soon or on track to have a good season?

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    1. Homestead will be on the bubble. I'm back and forth on their show, because I think they designed a very interesting show for a concept that's been done quite a few times. They're actually ahead musically from where they normally are in my opinion. I can't shake the fact that they're playing (what I consider to be) middle school concert band music, but in their defense, they've beefed up the arrangement so that it's more in line with what a GN Finalist music book should be. And despite my reservations, the music really does fit with what they're trying to portray. Their brass are actually sounding very good, which has been a weakness for them in the past (in my opinion). Right now they're struggling with visual clarity, which will improve as they clean. They know how to march and they'll tweak things enough to maximize their visual potential. From a design standpoint I do think this is a step in the right direction if they want to continue progressing in the BOA realm, but they still need to take it up one more level if they ever want to reach that upper echelon.

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