BOA announces full-length Fall 2021 schedule


Nov. 24, 2020 at 5:39 p.m. CT

BOA announces full-length Fall 2021 schedule

By Jeremiah Wooten

Updated March 21, 2021, to reflect the Arizona Regional cancelation.

Music For All released dates and locations for its 2021 Bands of America regional and super regional championships during a live-streamed fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 14. That day was previously the date of the 2020 Grand National Championships, which was canceled because of the COVID pandemic. The fall season will contain a record-high 24 championship events, all at familiar venues.

Super Regionals will again be held in domed stadiums, but fans will have to make some difficult decisions about which event to attend or watch. Simultaneous super regionals will be held at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Oct. 22–23. Located less than 250 miles apart, these two venues last held simultaneous BOA competitions in 2017. The Alamodome will host the San Antonio Super Regional on Nov. 5–6, leaving just five days between San Antonio and Grand Nationals. As previously announced, Grand Nationals will be held in Lucas Oil on Nov. 11–13.


Leander Drum Major Brooke Schroeder salutes before her band's performance at the Austin Regional on Sept. 28, 2019. Like many bands, Leander plans to return to competition for the 2021 season.
Photo by Jeremiah Wooten for HornRank
While no new events or venues have been added in Texas, the competition continues to grow. After years of overenrollment at the Houston Regional, this year's event will be split across two weekends at different venues. Conroe ISD's Woodforest Bank Stadium, BOA's go-to site from 2010 through 2018, will host an initial Houston regional on Sept. 25. That event will be followed by an Oct. 2 regional at Katy ISD's Legacy Stadium, which first held a BOA event in 2019. Most other Texas regionals retain the same schedule as was scheduled for 2020, with one exception. Waco will again conclude the Texas tour of regionals, but this time on Oct. 30 instead of mid-Octber. That later date could provide some bands an alternative end-of-season event to San Antonio.

The Midwest will continue to host a strong lineup of events beginning on Sept. 18 in Columbus, Ohio. The Muncie Regional will move back to Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Sept. 25, followed by the Toledo Regional at the University of Toledo on Oct. 2. The popular regional in Cedar Falls, Iowa, will return on Oct. 9.


In the Southeast, the Atlanta-area regional at Powder Springs moves to opening weekend on Sept. 18, followed by the Clarksville Regional at Austin Peay State University on Sept. 25. Following a tentative Mid-Atlantic event on Oct. 9, a triplet of Southeastern regionals will be held on Oct. 16 at Liberty University in Virginia, Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and Camping World Stadium in Florida. The Mini-Dome in Johnson City will provide an excellent venue for an indoor season-culminating event in the region.

The most notable events missing from the schedule are events in California and Arizona. BOA has struggled both in finding suitable venues for Western events and drawing enough bands to make the events financially viable. The organization had previously announced a commitment to hold a contest in Arizona on Oct. 2, but that event was removed from the official schedule and application in March without explanation. Only one event commitment in the West remains and is still pending venue confirmation: a Utah Regional scheduled for Nov. 6.

The following schedule contains dates for many fall events, including those operated by BOA and independently-organized regional-quality events. As other events and dates are announced and confirmed, they will be added to the schedule below. If you have any contest information you think we should add, shoot us an email at tips@hornrank.com or fill out this brief form.

*Italics indicate a regional-quality competition that is not affiliated with Music for All or Bands of America but consistently features nationally-renowned participants and adjudicators.

Sept. 18, 2021
Atlanta BOA Regional — McEachern High School; Powder Springs, Georgia
Dayton BOA Regional — Welcome Stadium; Dayton, Ohio
McAllen BOA Regional — Veterans Memorial Stadium, McAllen ISD; McAllen, Texas

Sept. 25, 2021
Austin BOA Regional — Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock ISD; Austin, Texas
Clarksville BOA Regional — Austin Peay State University; Clarksville, Tennessee
Columbus BOA Regional — Fortress Obetz; Obetz, Ohio
Conroe (Houston I) BOA Regional — Woodforest Bank Stadium, Conroe ISD; Sehnandoah, Texas
Owasso Invitational Marching Contest — Owasso High School; Owasso, Oklahoma*

Oct. 2, 2021
Bentonville Marching Invitational — Bentonville High School; Bentonville, Arkansas*
HEB Marching Contest — Pennington Field, HEB ISD; Bedford, Texas*
Katy (Houston II) BOA Regional — Legacy Stadium, Katy ISD; Katy, Texas
Midland BOA Regional — Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas
Toledo BOA Regional — University of Toledo; Toledo, Ohio

Oct. 9, 2021
Cedar Falls BOA Regional — UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Falls, Iowa
Dallas BOA Regional — Pennington Field, HEB ISD; Bedford, Texas
TBD Mid-Atlantic BOA Regional — Site TBD
Renegade Review — Union High School; Tulsa, Oklahoma*
Texas Marching Classic — Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock ISD; Austin, Texas*

Oct. 16, 2021
Jacksonville BOA Regional — Jacksonville State University; Jacksonville, Alabama
Lynchburg BOA Regional — Liberty University; Lynchburg, Virginia
Orlando BOA Regional — Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Florida

Oct. 22–23, 2021
Indianapolis BOA Super Regional — Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Indiana
St. Louis BOA Super Regional — The Dome at America's Center; St. Louis, Missouri

Oct. 30, 2021
Johnson City BOA Regional — ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center (Mini-Dome); Johnson City, Tennessee
TBD Waco BOA Regional — Site TBD

Nov. 5–6, 2021
San Antonio BOA Super Regional — Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

Nov. 6, 2021
TBD Utah BOA Regional — Site TBD

Nov. 11–13, 2021
BOA Grand National Championships — Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Indiana

Local Events Date TBD
These local events historically feature regional-quality participants and adjudicators, but have not yet announced dates or participants for 2021.
Golden Regiment Invitational — Blue Springs High School; Blue Springs, Missouri*
Tournament of Champions — Western Carolina University; Cullowhee, North Carolina*