Preview: 2019 TOC - Northern Illinois

It's the first Tour of Champions event of the 2019 season, and it's taking place in one of the historic venues of the drum corps activity. Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium was the host of the Drum Corps Midwest championships for many years, and its steep stands, high press box, and turf field has been a wonderful experience for both performers and spectators alike. Just be ready to hold your horn at a 15 degree angle thanks to the height of the stands.

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As Drum Corps International finishes Week #3 of the 2019 season, here are some matchups to watch in Dekalb:

Colts/Academy

These two corps are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to that coveted Top 12 status in World Class, but they are also two corps which have shown they have the vehicles to make a late season move up the standings. One just needs to remember 2003 Spirit of Atlanta, who was FOURTEENTH going into DCI Semifinals, and leapfrogged two corps in order to make Finals that year with a very emotional performance. The precedent is there and can serve as inspiration for both of these units.

Mandarins/Phantom Regiment

Mandarins are looking to prove their 2018 Finalist status was not a "one hit wonder" Phantom is looking to prove they are still worthy of that Finalist designation. These two corps are currently within striking distance of one another, while Spirit of Atlanta is watching from afar, hungry to return to Finals themselves. This is a face off which can have serious repercussions for August.

Bluecoats

The Bluecoats are the only corps in their competitive bracket at Northern Illinois. They are also the frontrunners for the World Class title according to their scores and the FloMarching Power Rankings. Tonight is a chance for the Bloo Crew to focus on entertaining the crowd and moving the needle up on their score without the need to compete with the other corps, such as BD and SCV, who are nipping at their heels.

Finals Photo Gallery: BOA Grand National Championships

Check out photos of each of the 2019 BOA Grand National Championship finalists from photographers Josh Clements and Tony McCrackin.

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Instant Recap: 2019 BOA Grand National Finals

Read along with live blogger Krista Viveiros as the top marching bands in the WORLD competed in the 2019 BOA Grand National finals.

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Bourbon County Turns Disappointment Into Motivation

Bourbon County’s title defense started in April. 

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Info Hub: 2019 BOA Grand National Championships

Here's all of the info you need for the final day of the 2019 Bands of America season as it comes to a conclusion in Lucas Oil Stadium!

Union (OK) Offers A Modern Twist On A Classic Marching Tune

When you watch Union High School take the field, you might be the slightest bit confused. Especially once they’re set up for the start of their show, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re asking yourself, is this going to be a standstill? 

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FULL Prelims Recap: 2019 BOA Grand National Championships

If you’re not a basketball fan, bear with me for a couple hundred words. If you are, this will all make a lot of sense. I promise, this article is about band.

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Homestead's 2019 Show "The Reclamation Project" Is More Than A Period Piece

“33 straight state finals appearances,” Homestead director Brad Wadkins said. “The last 30 years, we’ve been in the top four in the state. Six state championships and eight state runners-up.”

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Fan Favorite: 2019 BOA Grand Nats Poll

Vote now for your favorite band performing in the 2019 BOA Grand National Championships in Lucas Oil Stadium!

Photo Gallery: 2019 BOA Grand National Championship Prelims, ALL Bands

Check out photos of all bands from the 2019 BOA Grand National Championship prelims from photographers Josh Clements and Tony McCrackin. We will be updating this article throughout the event as more photos are edited and uploaded. Check back here later for more!

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Recap: BOA St. George Regional, Nov. 9

With seven different states represented in finals, the 2019 St. George Regional was one of the most regionally diverse events of the year. Read on for a breakdown of how these phenomenal bands fared in finals competition.

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