2021 Dayton Regional

The 2021 Dayton Regional was held Sept. 18 at Welcome Stadium. This was the first BOA event in Dayton in four years following the cancelation of the 2020 event amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and the relocation of the event to Miami University and Ball State University in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Carmel won yet another regional champion title, and it wasn't even close. You can read our in-depth analysis of the results here.

(View full finals recap here)

1. (80.60) Carmel, IN
2. (75.90) Centerville, OH
3. (71.95) Anderson Co., KY
4. (70.30) Miamisburg, OH
5. (68.20) Kettering Fairmont, OH
6. (67.35) Franklin Central, IN
7. (65.25) Beavercreek, OH
8. (64.25) Archbishop Alter, OH
9. (64.05) Carroll, IN
10. (63.50) Woodford Co., KY
11. (62.75) Campbell Co., KY
12. (61.35) Reeths-Puffer, MI

Music: Carmel, IN
Visual: Carmel, IN
GE: Carmel, IN
(View full prelims recap here)

Class A
1. Archbishop Alter, OH
2. Carroll, OH
3. Christian Acad, KY

Music: Archbishop Alter, OH
Visual: Archbishop Alter, OH
GE: Archbishop Alter, OH

Class AA
1. Anderson County, KY
2. Miamisburg, OH
3. Campbell County, KY

Music: Miamisburg, OH
Visual: Miamisburg, OH
GE: Anderson County, KY

Class AAA
1. Beavercreek, OH

Music: Beavercreek, OH
Visual: Beavercreek, OH
GE: Beavercreek, OH

Class AAAA
1. Carmel, IN
2. Centerville, OH
3. Kettering Fairmont, OH

Music: Carmel, IN
Visual: Carmel, IN
GE: Carmel, IN
1. Centerville, OH*
2. Fishers, IN
3. Lincoln-Way, IL
4. Carroll, IN*
5. Decatur Central, IN
6. Ben Davis, IN
7. Walled Lake Central, MI
8. Lakota West, OH
9. Beechwood, KY
10. Henry Clay, KY
* 2021 attendee
1. Carmel, IN*
2. Centerville, OH*
3. Lake Central, IN
4. Decatur Central, IN
5. Russell County, KY
6. Franklin Central, IN*
7. Lakota West, OH
8. Eastern, KY
9. Miamisburg, OH*
10. Beavercreek, OH*
* 2021 attendee
Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio
Music: Bob Chreste, Jarrett Lipman, Jodie Rhodes, and Katie VanDoren.
Visual: John Fisher, John Howell, and Tim Hudnall.
Chief: John Phillips.
Event Preview
Centerville is the reigning champion, having won the 2019 edition of the contest in Muncie, Indiana, but five-time national champion Carmel is, of course, the clear favorite to win. Assuming they do win, this would be the band's first win in almost two years. After winning the Louisville Regional early in 2019, the Marching Greyhounds trailed behind Avon all season, eventually breaking their record-tying streak of three consecutive grand national champion titles.

Carmel aside, there are many other notable competitors who will be pushing for a medal or class championship. And with the change to the number of finalists, we will now get to see 12 bands performing under the stadium lights. While it's always hard to predict who might earn a spot among the finalists at such an early competition, it's especially challenging this year, with many bands still feeling the effects of the ongoing pandemic.