BOA Grand National Finalist Feature: Tarpon Springs H.S.

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One of the most surprising aspects of the marching arts is the amount of perseverance band members push through to perform. For the Tarpon Springs High School (FL) marching band, its performers showed the world what it means to "Enjoy the Challenge."

At the Bands of America Grand National Finals in November of 2016, one of the color guard members from Tarpon Springs was seen carrying another off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Embraced in a piggyback-style hug, the senior explained why she needed the lift by her sophomore counterpart. 

"Because I dislocated my knee last [week]," the Tarpon Springs senior said. "But I kept performing and kept going."

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Why were these performers sacrificing their bodies? It's pretty simple. 

They love the marching arts. 

"All we talk about is furthering the activity," said Madison, Tarpon Springs' band president. "About how we as a band family can make this activity even more incredible than it already is."

Director Kevin Ford talked about how the school itself is a magnet program for leadership and how its curriculum provides the students with the habits for success. Meanwhile, the marching band gives these young leaders an opportunity to apply those skills they learn. 

With its performers' ability to push to new heights and willingness to sacrifice, it's easy to see why the Tarpon Springs band is a perennial favorite at every contest.

Where Are They? A Map Of The Independent World Guard Finalists From '17

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Ever wonder where the Independent World Colorguards like Blessed Sacrament, Imbue, or FeniX Independent call home? Well here's an interactive map showing you where all of the finalists from 2017 reside. 

Social Media Roundup: David Harbour's Senior Trombone Pics

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Check out some of the funniest and most entertaining social media posts from the marching arts community this week.

Pulse, POW Release 2018 Productions This Week

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After announcing a partnership with music group Son Lux in December, Pulse Percussion has revealed its show title for the 2018 season: "Guarded." 

Ask Andy: 8 Must-Haves For Tour This Summer

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Within three seasons of marching drum corps, you learn things that you always wish you would have known that rookie year when you were young and stupid. I felt the same way by the time I marched Blue Devils: I often looked back on my rookie year with the Glassmen and thought, "Why wasn't I doing this before?"

By The Numbers: Diving Into WGI's Percussion Division Since 2010

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Since 2010, there have been 64 ensembles that have won gold medals in the WGI percussion division. 

Blue Devils B Announces 2018 Winter Guard Show

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From a Blue Devils B Winter Guard Press Release

Why Was Aimachi's 2016 Winds Group So Incredible?

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Attending at least one of the Winter Guard International World Championships since 2011, Aimachi is a name around the marching community that is synonymous with excellence, perfection, and legendary performances. 

Escapade 1995: Looking Back On WGI's Most Influential Shows Of All Time

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Groundbreaking shows are not always the ones that finish first, but they always have a lasting impact on the direction of the sport many years after their final performance.

Jersey Surf Announces 2018 Show Inspired By Dutch Artist Piet Mondrian

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Jersey Surf is bringing straight lines, primary colors, and a universal language of aesthetics to the turf this year through their recreation of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian's visions.

Q&A With Trevor Stojanovich: A Long Journey From Gold, To Gold

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As many World Class drum and bugle corps wrap up their auditions and callbacks, other smaller corps are still scrambling to get people into their camps with instruments and equipment in hand.