Top 30 Rankings — Oct. 17, 2017 (Week 6)

Top 30 Rankings — Oct. 17, 2017 (Week 6)

LD Bell competes at the Renegade Review on Oct. 12, 2017, at Union High School. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
The last weekend of competition before super regionals begin sure left us feeling like anything could happen in the next few weeks. At various BOA and independent competitions, we saw many upsets and surprising results that have us really excited for what's to come in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and San Antonio.

LD Bell edged out Blue Springs at the Renegade Review, in Tulsa, proving that they really are back this season and will certainly be back in finals at the San Antonio Super Regional. But it was very close, with the two groups switching captions and even tying for the music and effect captions in finals.

Back in Texas, Johnson won a decisive victory at the new Midland Regional, beating Bellevue West and Timber Creek. Plus, two earlier BOA regionals practically had rematches this weekend. At the Texas Marching Classic, Ronald Reagan barely edged out Vandegrift after losing to Vandy at the Conroe Regional a week earlier. And at the Plano East competition, Flower Mound edged out Hebron, just a few weeks after losing to them at the Southlake Regional.

The Southeast also participated with its own narrow, unexpected victory. At Winston-Salem, Dobyns-Bennett fell to Fort Mill by only a tenth of a point in finals.

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


  1. Surprised to see CTJ fall to 5th. Just further proof that this year is nearly impossible to predict!

  2. It's Super Regional time - Yippee!!!

    Looking at your current Top 30 and Next 10 - take note of how many of them are at each Super Regional (hopefully I got the numbers right).

    Indianapolis has 6 Top 30 and 1 Next 10
    St. Louis has 2 Top 30 and 3 Next 10
    Atlanta has 4 Top 30 and 1 Next 10
    San Antonio has 17 Top 30 and 2 Next 10

    As a band parent in Texas, this type of stat always pops out at me. 17 of your Top 30, 2 of your Next 10, and plenty of other deserving Texas bands will be competing for 14 San Antonio Finals spots. Some great bands won't make it.

    Yes, this over-crowed top-heavy field is why some Texas bands go out of state for Super Regionals. Some will only make Finals outside of Texas. Others will make Finals both out-of-state AND in San Antonio. It all depends on the year.

    If we just used your current rankings - assuming no surprises (and there are always surprises at San Antonio) - then Finals would only make it down to the #20 spot - missing from Finals would be Round Rock, Cedar Ridge, Vista Ridge, Cy-Fair & Winston Churchill - 2 of these 5 are going to Grand Nats. If you thought last year in SA was brutal - this year's war is going to make last year's battle look like a mere gathering of friends.

    Now don't get me wrong, among Texas bands - this IS a mere gathering of friends. Everyone cheers for everyone else - no (or not much) smack talking from students or parents. It's always thrilling to see that surprise band make Finals. And it's always heartbreaking to see that band who was expected to make it fall just short.

    The next 17 days getting through Super Regionals are going to be the most exciting part of the season. Then Grand Nationals.

    I wish more of the top Texas bands could make the journey to Indy every year. Unfortunately, only a few each year get to go. Oh well, those that can go always represent Texas well. And we are so proud of them!