After a successful regional in 2018, BOA returns to the Sunshine State for another exciting day of excellent bands. With multiple regional, super regional, and national champions and finalists in attendance, you will not want to miss a single band all day.
Here's a look at a few of the bands.
Former national champions
Not many regionals can boast two former BOA Grand National Champions among their competitors. Despite being located over 1,200 miles apart, Broken Arrow and Tarpon Springs have been extremely tight competitors in their five meetings this decade. At their only non-Grand Nationals meeting, the Atlanta Super Regional in 2013, the bands even flip-flopped placements from prelims to finals. The two bands have unique identities that can be made very clear by their 2019 show titles.
Tarpon Springs’ 2019 production “RƎVO⅃UTION REMIXX” and Broken Arrow’s “Yee Haw!” are exactly what each name would suggest. Tarpon’s innovative incorporation of technology and electronics continues this year, if you saw them last year with their massive screens. And of course, they show off that incredible world-class guard. Broken Arrow's show similarly continues their traditions of bold and total dedication to a theme, this time not with aliens or patriotism, but rather a trip to the rodeo that just might make you think you’ve been transported to Oklahoma.
Besides Broken Arrow, there are two other bands traveling from outside of Florida: Wando from South Carolina and Brownsburg from Indiana. With BA flying, Brownsburg’s trek from the Indianapolis area will certainly be the longest travel time of any group in attendance. But you can expect those students to push through the difficulty of such a long drive and give an excellent performance or two in Orlando.
Wando will be a very interesting band to follow throughout the weekend and could certainly challenge those two national champions at the top of the results. The band won the Carolina Regional and finished just behind BA and Tarpon at Grand Nationals last season. Their 2019 program “Absentia” includes an epic rendition of Samuel Barber’s “Medea” that highlights Wando’s famous symphonic sound on a football field.
Along with Tarpon, there are five other Florida bands that will be returning after making finals at this very regional last year. Park Vista, Stoneman Douglas, Timber Creek, Cypress Creek, and Seminole will each be bringing their best effort aiming to improve on their past finals appearance. It’ll be an especially significant first look at Park Vista, as they prepare for a trip to Grand Nationals this fall.
Local surprises expected
As with any regional, you can always expect to see excellent performances from some local bands that haven’t yet developed a national profile. One such group to keep an eye on is Joe E. Newsome, the second band performing in the morning. This is the band’s first appearance at a BOA regional since their thrilling narrow victory at the Newark Regional in 2015.