A Closer Look: Feature Stories From BOA 2018

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This year, we wanted to take a closer look at some of the band programs who would be in our sights all season long. Through interviews with directors and designers, we get a look behind-the-curtain of some of the best band programs in the country.

These programs are going out of there way to push themselves into difficult competitive situations, situations that these programs have never seen.

We dedicated a writer for FloMarching and formerly Drum Corps International, Jeff Griffith, to spend his time talking to the minds behind the decisions. To tell the story of WHY this show, WHY this schedule, or whatever the case.

O'Fallon Township (IL)

In 2017, it wasn’t hard to tell when O’Fallon Township was on the field. 

That’s because you couldn’t see the field. It was covered — truly covered, from end zone to end zone and sideline to sideline — in a white tarp, that provided the “White Canvas” for which the band’s production was named.

“It’s kind of a winterguard type of thing,” O’Fallon director Melissa Gustafson-Hinds said. “You can have the theme down there — a clean slate, and you put the marching arts on top of it. I’m a risk taker by nature in my life, and I thought, ‘Why not? Just go for it.’”

It was bold. It was unique. 

It’s back.

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Avon (IN)

In preparation for Avon High School’s 2018 show design process, Daniel Wiles found himself at a Petco.

Yes, a Petco. 

Wiles and the design staff at Avon had a vision — an unorthodox, creative vision. Using some of the resources from his pet store shopping spree, Wiles realized that idea in the form of a scale model. 

A scale model of a fish tank.

“I bought all of this stuff, I don’t know, like, $300, $400 worth of stuff,” Wiles said. “Just rock sculptures and all these flowers and all of the stuff that you’d put in an aquarium. And I went home and laid out this green tarp that I got, and I started setting up.”

“I was like, ‘This is it, this is a great idea,’” he said. “‘We’ve got to do this.’”

The 2018 stage for Avon was set, quite literally. 

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Prosper (TX)

The band’s appearance at this year’s Grand Nationals starts bright and early; brighter and earlier than any other competitor, in fact. Prosper will open Thursday’s portion of prelims competition with a performance time of 7:45 AM.  

On one hand—the obvious—that’s a quick, exhausting turnaround from a Wednesday afternoon flight. Prosper will start Thursday rehearsals around 5 AM, a little over two hours before the members’ classmates will begin arriving at school back home in Texas.

“In making our decision in May (to go to Indianapolis), that gave us the unfortunate first on spot, so that’s the other tough thing about this,” Alstrin said. “We’ve got to get our kids up early and get them going and try to make a strong impression on that first showing for the panel.”

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Camdenton (MO)

For the group from a small town in Missouri, achieving the status of St. Louis Super Regional finalist was the pinnacle. It marked the completion of their 2017 competitive season—in mid-October, as had always been the case in years prior.

“It was magical,” Baur said. “I know there are people that make finals at a thing like that all the time. For us, that was our first time ever making finals.”

That moment set a new standard. It created momentum.

And now, because of that momentum, it’s no longer the benchmark. 

“For us, it’s a whole new ballgame,” Baur said. 


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CGT Org Excels At Home Show, SO Switch Up @ Southwest

With more than 80 groups competing at the Coliseum in Denton, TX, this weekend as part of the WGI Southwest Guard Power Regional, a number of competitive storylines emerged from two days of performances.

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Weekly Watch Guide: WGI Power Regional Weekend #2

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Five more massive WGI Power Regionals will be coming LIVE to FloMarching this weekend, March 23-24. ALL five events will be two-day regionals with prelims on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

High Scores Galore In Hattiesburg For WGI South

Tensions were high, and scores even higher this weekend in Hattiesburg, MS for the WGI South Power Regional. States like Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and others sent some of their best groups to the University of Southern Mississippi to see who might come out on top.

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Promotions Make Things Even More Competitive @ WGI East

The 2019 edition of the WGI East Percussion Power Regional in Toms River, NJ did not let down. Between surprise upsets and shifts in class, here are the key storylines from a jam-packed weekend of east coast percussion:

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Audio Theater Shakes Things Up In Huge Atlanta Regional

Groups from all over the Gulf Coast and the southeastern United States headed to Atlanta to compete in a very long one-day WGI Atlanta Regional. Although it was downgraded from a Power Regional to "just a regional," the quality of performances and energy matched every other regional that was streamed live on FloMarching.

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Recap: 2019 WGI Perc/Winds South Power Regional Finals

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Recap: 2019 WGI Guard Southwest Power Regional Finals

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Recap: 2019 WGI Perc East Power Regional Finals

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Recap: 2019 WGI Percussion/Winds Atlanta Regional Finals

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Premium Watch Guide: Perc/Winds Power Regional Weekend #1

Over 320 groups will be performing LIVE on FloMarching this Saturday. After prelims, about half of the groups will move on to Power Regional finals on Sunday (or Saturday night for Atlanta). 

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