Top 30 Rankings — Nov. 15, 2016 (Week 10)

Top 30 Rankings — Nov. 15, 2016 (Week 10)

This is a set of rankings from an older poll. We keep all our polls online for archival purposes. You might want to view the current Top 30 rankings or read how we determine rankings.

This year's Grand National Championships included a couple of significant firsts.

Carmel (IN) performs in Grand National Semifinals on Nov. 12, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Later that evening, Carmel was named Grand National champion for the 2016 season. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
For the first time ever, there was a tie for 12th place in semifinals, which means 13 bands were invited to perform in finals.

For the first time ever, there was a tie for first place in finals, which was broken by the GE score, in accordance with the BOA adjudication handbook.

For the third time ever, Carmel was named Grand National champion. They are now one of five schools to have won Grand Nationals three times, and one of only eight schools to have won more than once.

There are very few schools that are able to retain the level of excellence in competition that Carmel has for such a long period of time. And there's no reason to think they won't continue to be in the running for the national champion title for many more years to come.

Most of this week's adjustments reflect placements from the weekend's Grand Nationals, but most people will notice that Carmel is not in the No. 1 position. Unfortunately Flower Mound and Broken Arrow did not compete at Grand Nationals this year, but we're excited to see both of these groups return to Indianapolis next year.

The previous week's rankings are in parenthesis. Read about how we determine rankings.
  1. Flower Mound H.S., TX (1)
  2. Broken Arrow H.S., OK (2)
  3. Carmel H.S., IN (7)
  4. Avon H.S., IN (3)
  5. The Woodlands H.S., TX (5)
  6. William Mason H.S., OH (8)
  7. Tarpon Springs H.S., FL (4)
  8. Cedar Park H.S., TX (17)
  9. Leander H.S., TX (6)
  10. Hebron H.S., TX (9)
  11. Marcus H.S., TX (10)
  12. Ronald Reagan H.S., TX (13)
  13. Wando H.S., SC (14)
  14. Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX (11)
  15. Vandegrift H.S., TX (12)
  16. Castle H.S., IN (21)
  17. Blue Springs H.S., MO (15)
  18. Homestead H.S., IN (16)
  19. Round Rock H.S., TX (18)
  20. Marian Catholic H.S., IL (19)
  21. Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TX (22)
  22. Vista Murrieta H.S., CA (unranked)
  23. Owasso H.S., OK (23)
  24. Union H.S., OK (24)
  25. Winston Churchill H.S., TX (26)
  26. Harrison H.S., GA (25)
  27. Hendrickson H.S., TX (28)
  28. Park Vista H.S., FL (unranked)
  29. Franklin H.S., TN (unranked)
  30. James Bowie H.S., TX (20)
Next 10, in alphabetical order: Ayala (CA), Bellevue West (NE), Cedar Ridge (TX), Center Grove (IN), Cypress Falls (TX), James F. Byrnes (SC), Keller (TX), Lawrence Township (IN), O'Fallon Township (IL), and Plymouth-Canton (MI).


  1. Six bands: Avon, Broken Arrow, Carmel, Marion Catholic, Plymouth Canton and Rocky Mount all have three or more championships.

    Also, in the spirit of 2016, I think you should have had a three-way tie for first!

  2. Eh, lets skip that. First is first. No ties, it was decided fairly with the rules established. All the bands in finals were great.

    1. added, i don't have a dog in this hunt. The band I support did not compete in Indy this year.

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    1. I'm a Cedar Park parent. I love our band and their performance, but I agree with you. It doesn't seem right.

    2. When people look at who's the best, they don't look at prelims or early season competition, they look at the last competition of the season. Leander may have beaten Cedar Park earlier in the year but Cedar Park beat Leander in the last competition of year, the competition people are going to determine ranking from. In 2015 Leander beat Cedar Park at the UIL Area competition a week prior to the state contest. But that doesn't mean that Leander was better than the state champions. So yes it does make sense to place Cedar Park over Leander

    3. While I agree with the logic, I definitely would not consider boa San Antonio pre lims and finals and grand nats pre lims and semis "early season"

  4. The band I play in really went for it last year, but unfortunately and fortunately a LOT of other bands did too. 2016 was definitely a great year to get into marching band, because we got to see the best of a lot of bands that competed. Really looking forward to what 2017 has to offer!