Top 30 Rankings

Top 32 Rankings

Updated weekly on Tuesdays. Last updated: Nov. 13, 2018

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In alphabetical order: American Fork (UT), Cedar Park (TX), Coppell (TX), Dripping Springs (TX), Franklin (TN), Marian Catholic (IL), Rockford (MI), Stoneman Douglas (FL), Vista Murrieta (CA), and Waxahachie (TX).

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  1. Texas has 10 of the top 20? Incredible

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    1. 4 of the top 20 are in the same school district in in Texas. Leander ISD.

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    2. but why not in front of BA????? something is not right

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    3. There are two school districts in Texas with three schools in the top 20. Leander ISD (mentioned above) and Lewisville ISD with Flower Mound, Hebron, and Marcus.

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    4. Leander ISD has 4 bands in the top 20, that's stout coming from one district
      1. Leander
      2. Vandegrift
      3. Vista Ridge
      4. Cedar Park

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    5. Neisd has reagan and Johnson

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    6. Austin metro area (Cedar Park/Round Rock/Austin) got 1st 3rd, 5th and 11th at the Texas UIL 6A state championship finals tonight!

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    7. The BOA Grand Nationals has 13 of the bands in the HornRank top 30 competing this week. Last weekend the San Antonio Super regional had 15 of the HornRank top 30 bands competing. Are these two events considered similarly in terms of weight and prestige?

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    1. Because Hebron's 3rd place finish at Plano behind #1 ranked Flower Mound and #11 ranked Marcus carries more weight than Leander's second place finish at Austin behind #14 Vandegrift. The DFW regionals are usually more competitive so they carry more weight. Also Hebron ranked a good bit higher than Leander at the State Marching Contest.

      You might also want to ask why Cedar Park is still ranked 8th nationally when they were 9th at San Antonio. It's not just about one contest. Non-BOA contests and even previous years seem to be taken into account as well (Hebron also did extremely well at Nats in 2015)...though with less weight as time goes on.

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    3. Nonsense about the DFW regionals being more competitive than Austin. Austin has plenty of powerhouse programs on its own, and then San Antonio is added to the mix. DFW is very good, but top heavy, and not as deep as Austin/Central Texas.

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    4. Horn rank hasn’t updated yet, that’s why.

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    5. I expect Hebron to move ahead of Flower Mound and Avon after last weekend's SuperRegional in San Antonio. Just wish they were going to Grand Nationals this year - their show was something else - I didn't see CJT in the prelims, but I still thought Hebron's performance in the finals was a first place performance.

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  3. I know it's very early in the season but how do you rank bands that hasn't gone to competition yet?

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    1. This question is asked year after year, but they are ranked off of bits of information that comes in from the people that work with these bands and also some recordings of runs that may be out already.

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    1. you might also want to ask why they make finals every single year, somehow they just do very well at all the BOA competitions

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    2. Marian Catholic used to be like Broken Arrow. Making 1st in finals at Grand Nationals. But they've slowly started going down, but are still really good.

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    3. And are slowly rising back up to the top again!

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  5. Wow I giant mason drop. I would have still kept them above homestead because they had a higher score overall in prelims without the penalty. This was still higher than either score from homestead

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    1. It’s mostly because other bands did much better in other prelims. They aren’t all the same but 5 point differences do make a large difference

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  7. Could you guys keep on doing the podcast? I really enjoyed the first one, would be really cool to have them weekly!

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  8. Last year’s results shouldn’t have any bearing. Senior classes graduate. Every year is different.

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  9. Ought to be some big adjustments after this weekend’s results.

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  10. Not really sure how BA is ranked above Flower Mound. I understand BA has a history of excellence but the show this year is a trainwreck

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    1. They wouldn't be ranked higher than Flower Mound but Flower Mound got beat by Hebron so Flowermound dropped from First.

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    2. It's not only a train wreck, it's a recycle train wreck. The cars are different, the tricks are the same. Not sure how they won St. Louis...or how Lincoln, SD finished so low.

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    3. I really enjoyed Lincoln's show as well! I also felt they should have finished higher along with Bentonville.

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    4. I'd say BA did pretty good this year for their show being a trainwreck. They really came a long way this year and proved they could put on a stunning show even with a very young band with more than half of them who have never been to grand nats before.

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  11. Question: Fort Mill High School (SC) beat Dobyns-Bennett at the Winston Salem regional, how would that affect the top 30 scores? Would FM potentially make it on and DB drop a bit, or will DB just drop a bit? Or nothing at all?

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  12. Nice job O'Fallon. Now Bring It!!!

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  13. Dont really care about rankings but yall should definately check out Lincoln's show.

    https://youtu.be/rughVHSByrE

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    1. I saw the show in St Louis and it was good. I thought they would place a spot or 2 higher.

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    2. Lincoln was the most entertaining show we saw in St. Louis. I was shocked they weren't several places higher, even top 5.

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    3. Will you be posting the top 30 for this week?

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  14. Lincoln's show this year is incredible!

    I'm a Texas band guy (Cedar Park parent, lifelong marching band fan), but Norwin PA looks like they have a solid show. Their PIMBA performance at Deer Lakes was solid but ultimately they may suffer from the lack of GE that plagues PA bands.

    As for the Super Regional in Texas, I think that Vandergrift may make a move as they looked amazing at UIL region now that the show is completed. CTJ better have their best show of the year.

    I am really looking forward to the wrap up of the season. I think Grand Nats is going to have a few surprises.

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  15. Why isn’t Ayala in the top 30? They’re a 9 time BOA regional champion and 2 time grand nat finalist. Just Saturday they placed second to Carmel and the gap was small. Y’all need to update the list.

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    1. Give them a chance to get out of bed....Ayala is in the top 40 prior to the weekend

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  17. Dripping Springs TX looked FANTASTIC last weekend at the Texas Area D 5A show in Cedar Park. Really well executed and they played their hearts out.

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  18. The San Antonio Super Regional final was amazing! A few surprises according to these rankings. I wish all of these bands could make Grand Nats.

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    1. All of these comps are pay to play, correct?

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  19. I really wish CTJ was going to Nationals!!! That was the best thing I've seen in years! Seen Carmel and Avon a lot, but CTJ was unreal!!!

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  20. I know not a lot of the country gets to see American Fork (now winner of six straight St George regional titles), but there is no way they are not a top 30 band in the country. They are an easy semi-finalist every time they go to GN and they would either win or take 2nd to Ayala at a CA regional. I'm not sure there is even a question about that, so how they are not even in your "next 10" is just sort of amazing.

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    1. Just wait for them to update it on Tuesday.

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    2. Tuesday should be fun to see. I see the top 10 staying the same, just shuffled. 11-20 there should be some big movement though.

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    3. Really? There should be a lot of movement. Car, CTJ, Her, Avon, FM, is the way I see top 5.

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  21. How is James Bowie ranked ahead of Cedar Ridge even though Cedar Ridge has placed ahead of them at two contests this season?

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    1. Because the rankings are flawed and inaccurate. Whoever ranks the bands needs to be replaced.

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    2. Agree that the rankings are flawed, because Vandegrift finished 3rd at State UIL ahead of Reagan, Hebron, CTJ and Leander, yet they are ranked 11th behind all of those bands. Appears that BOA placements are given higher weighting in the rankings than UIL placements.

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    3. That is correct, BOA placements are given higher weighting than UIL placements.

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  22. Curious how Grain Valley compares to size of the other schools. Are they the only 2A school in top 40?

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  23. Nice bounce back for DB, pretty amazing actually guess we shouldn't put so much stock in those early season performances. They are a quality group I should have never underestimated them. Lesson learned.

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  24. Why is Round Rock so low if they made finals at grand nats?

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    1. Grand Nats just wasn't as competitive as last year. They had a great start to the season placing high in Austin but they placed 7th at Conroe, and then at the San Antonio super regional despite having 14 finalist Round Rock didn't get into finals. Which was tough for even the top bands especially with Avon making their way down. Although it could be for other reasons I had nothing to do with determining the rankings.

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  25. No be honest, I really think North Hardin belongs somewhere on here.

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  26. I have nothing against Winston Churchill, however, I just do not understand why they are on the "Next Ten" list. To start off at BOA Austin they barely made it in to finals by 0.25 points and beating Westwood High School for the spot. I could by wrong but, wasn't Westwood's sound board destroyed when it started burning up? For this the judges are not supposed to count off, but indirectly this can hurt a team because it can add to General Effect. Anyway, later in the season, in BOA San Antonio, Churchill did not preform well placing 21st. They were behind Pearland, Westwood, and Cy-Fair who are not in the "Next Ten". They are definitely known as a very good band, but this year, I just was not as impressed.

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  27. American fork ut......are u kidding me

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  28. Look out for Cedar Park this season. They have one of the best high school opening hits that I've seen in years! If the rest of the show follows that they are a force to be reckoned with this season.

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    1. They had a huge incoming freshman class. This wasn't their year. They will run better next year.

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  29. Cedar Park is good this year, but Leander's opening hit and opener in general are incredible.

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  30. Really hoping that Mason cracks the top 30 this week. They had a great comeback from last year at the BG Regional.

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  31. Looking for this week's rankings...

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  32. Just a question... Why isn't CTJ ahead of Arrow? I am not from Texas or OK, so I have no dog in the fight, but CTJ actually was in a competition and won.

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  33. CTJ gets no love or credit. Not sure why.

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    1. It's too much. It's like they want to win based on the number of props. They have a lot of talent, let that shine and stop trying to out prop everyone. That Whataburger sponsorship doesn't solve everything.

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  34. But Jenks beat Union by almost a whole point and they still aren't ranked. Confusion.

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    1. Yes but Bixby beat both union, jenks, and owasso, and still isn´t in the top 40

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    2. But Bixby beat Jenks at the Owasso Invitational. That is that is what the comment is referring to.

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  35. I'm confused, Cy-Fair for 5th at boa houston right behind number 17 James Bowie yet they arent even mentioned near top 30 on hornrank

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  36. Wait where's Cy fair they got 5th at the houston regional and were ahead of Winston Churchill by 4 places and behind James Bowie

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  37. Ok so both Oak Ridge and Seven Lakes beat Churchill pretty handily yet Churchill is in the next 10. wut

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  38. Why is Reagan ahead of Flomo when Flomo won DFW?

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    1. FloMo settled it yesterday. That had an awesome run and a very colorful show. Well done and they are the champions. They earned it.

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  39. when is this going to be updated again?

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  40. Are the prelims scores for those who performed at Waco going to be released? Wondering how much Round Rock improved.

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    1. Scores will not be released from the Waco Regional, since it was cancelled due to weather before prelims was completed.

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  41. When will today’s rankings be out?

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  42. I’m excited to see rankings after this past weekend’s performance!!!

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  43. Are the rankings going to be updated today?

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    1. Less than two points behind Broken Arrow

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    2. And we tied with BA for visual in prelims

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  45. Bixby just got 88! 4 points behind BA!

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    1. 88 won't get you into the finals at Super Regionals.

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    2. Yes it will. Blue Springs got an 87.75 at Indianapolis. Not saying that Bixby is at the same level as Blue Springs by any means, but if they had gone to St. Louis they would have definitely gotten top half

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  46. How is timber creek 31st, they're not even good

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  47. Del Rio Tx. Mighty Rams keeps getting cheated out /// when it’s so obvious that they are among the best on top , everybody from the band community including other schools are stunned that they keep putting Del Rio down but it’s ok everyone knows who the True best bands are ,it’s just sad that they cover their eyes n ears to recognize this .

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    1. They're certainly good, but they aren't as good as any of these. I only know them from BOA Houston and they should've placed higher yes, but not by much

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  48. El Paso Tx. Bel Air should be on top of this list also another band that keeps getting the cover ur eyes n ears treatment like the Del Rio Mighty Ram Band ...they both sound clear n strong n not messy ///everyone knows it //

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    1. Make the trip to San Antonio and show it on the field. That's the only way to be taken seriously.

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    2. Never heard of this band in my life.

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  49. Will there be a update this week?

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  50. Ayala was literally just named the Utah state champion and BOA champion last Saturday and they are ranked #31? 🧐

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  51. San Antonio Super Regionals are done. According to knowledgeable pundits it is the deepest competitive roster to date. Grand Nats will have the top few bands, but Texas finals list would likely top all but the top two or three Indy bands.

    Texas has a DEEP bench of talent.

    Great Season Texas! See you next year.

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  52. So you kept Fishers in the next 10 however you removed Lawrence Township who scored above them in Finals at the Indy Super Regional??

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    1. Lawrence Township didn't even make ISSMA State Finals, but Fishers got fourth.

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  53. Where is Del Río at a Super Regional finalst, in fact where is Del Río in Top 30 at San Antonio. Where is Del Río at the State Marching Contest, Where is Del Río at Area Finals. You can keep complaining about your band not being on some list but they clearly haven’t shown they deserve to be on the list just saying

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  54. SA Super Regionals Finals was incredible. They all stayed in Texas this year for 6A State but most will be headed to Grand Nats next year. And by the way, check out these results:

    1) Vista Ridge
    2) Flower Mound
    3) Vandegrift
    4) Hebron
    5) Leander
    6) Ronald Reagan
    7) Claudia Taylor Johnson
    8) Keller
    9) Woodlands
    10) Marcus
    11) Cedar Ridge
    12) Waxahachie

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    1. Those are the State UIL results from November 6, not the SA Super Regionals results from November 4. The SA Super Regionals results were:

      1) Flower Mound
      2) Ronald Reagan
      3) Hebron
      4) Vista Ridge
      5) Claudia Taylor Johnson
      6) Leander
      7) Vandegrift
      8) The Woodlands
      9) Keller
      10) Cedar Ridge
      11) Marcus
      12) Robert E. Hendrickson
      13) Westlake
      14) L.D. Bell

      Mostly the same bands but with a slightly different order. The judging criteria for UIL differ from the BOA criteria.

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  55. Are the rankings not going to be updated after Grand Nats?

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  56. 18 - Homestead
    19 - Jenks
    20 - William Mason

    You DO realize that Mason beat both of those bands in both semifinals AND finals at GN, right?

    I might agree with Jenks over Mason based on where I thought they should finish, but Homestead? Makes me question the robustness of the process.

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    1. This is based off a survey submitted by around 30 people, not just one person.

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  57. I’m a Mason mom, and all I can say is that I am so happy that the program is back on track, that we made it to finals and that were even in this top 30 list. Those kids worked very hard to bring it back. And they will continue to get better in the coming years. Just sad that I have a junior and only 1 more year of this...

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