Marching Brackets, Round 2: Shostakovich Region

This round of voting is now closed.

Welcome to the Shostakovich Region of the 2016 HornRank Marching Brackets! You can read about how we seeded shows or vote in the Copland Region, the Reich Region, and the Barber Region. The second round closes on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 11:59 P.M.

Broken Arrow (OK) performs their 2015 show "Wild Blue Orchid" during the Grand
National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. // Photo by Claire Albrecht

8 seed: Round Rock 2013, Elemental Evolution, 93.95, 4th at Grand Nationals
4 seed: Tarpon Springs 2010, Paranormal, 93.35, 4th at Grand Nationals

Round Rock’s first appearance at Grand Nationals was in 2013, and they left Indianapolis with a 4th place finish, a music caption victory in Semifinals, a Rose Bowl bid, and a thoroughly enjoyable show. They are now one of the country’s beloved programs, and this show was a large part of their ascent to national recognition. Tarpon Springs’ “Paranormal” in 2010 escalated their program to rock star status among the BOA community, performing what might the all-time fan favorite of BOA shows. From woodwind rifts to large brass sounds to a girl levitating in the air above her bed, Paranormal left crowds entertained and amazed.

6 seed: Flower Mound 2015, Surreal, 92.75, Won San Antonio
2 seed: Avon 2009, Comm-UNIFORM-ity, 96.60, Won Grand Nationals
Avon’s second of three straight Grand Nationals championships came in 2009 with “Comm-UNIFORM-ity”. Avon’s 2009 band is another example of a group that advanced the activity, thanks in part to unheard of musical and visual demand. While Avon tied Broken Arrow 2010 in the first round, they advanced because of their higher seed. Flower Mound asserted their place as a national powerhouse program in 2015, winning San Antonio and jumping from 44th in individual music at San Antonio in 2013 to winning the music caption (in prelims) in just two years. We’re excited about this group’s future in years to come; “Surreal” may be just the beginning of consistent world class performances for Flower Mound.

Make sure to also vote in the second round of the Copland Region, the Reich Region, and the Barber Region.