Clovis (NM) earns first regional champion title

Sept 18, 2022 at 10:58 p.m. CT

Clovis (NM) earns first regional champion title

By Jeremiah Wooten

Clovis won their first Bands of America regional title Saturday night at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was an appropriate conclusion to the first BOA Regional held in New Mexico.

John B. Alexander, Lakota West, and O'Fallon Township also earned regional champion titles, winning respective regionals in McAllen, Columbus, and Clarksville. But the title is not new for these three bands, each having won a regional within the last few years.

O'Fallon Township performs at the Clarksville Regional on Sept. 17, 2022, at Austin Peay State University. The band narrowly beat Castle to earn the regional champion title.
Photo by Jeremiah Wooten for HornRank
First time champion Clovis represented their home state well, winning the visual and general effect captions and the regional champion title. Second-place Grapevine snagged the music caption in finals. Eastlaake and Las Cruces finished third and fourth, with Bel Air and Volcano Vista rounding out the top half of finals.

O'Fallon Township's narrow one-tenth victory over Castle in Clarksville relied primarily on the groups performance captions. Castle won the effect caption both in prelims and finals and won by a large enough margin in prelims to earn first place overall. Barlett and Anderson County finished in third and fourth place, with my favorite octopus-tentacle-spinning band Cabot earning fifth place in finals.

In McAllen, John B. Alexander edged out last year's champion Louis D. Brandeis by just under a point. Brandeis was able to take the music caption in prelims, but Alexander pulled of a clean sweep of all three captions in finals. Roma earned the third place position with a tie for fourth and fifth between Del Rio and Sandra Day O'Connor. That tie was broken in favor Del Rio because of their higher general effect score.

Finally, Lakota West had the largest margin of victory and the only margin greater than 1 point, but also won the fewest captions of any champion this sweek. Their 1.15-point margin over second-place Campbell County was pretty evenly distributed across all captions, but they didn't have a lead over every other competitor in every caption. Noblesville, who finished fourth overall, won the visual caption, and Franklin Central, who finished fifth overall, won the music caption.

You can dig into the full ordinal recaps for yourself on our results page.