Preview: 2019 BOA St. George, Nov. 9

Marching Band is alive and well in the state of Utah as 33 bands from near and far travel to Dixie State University for a full day of competition. With last year’s champion not returning, this is anyone’s regional for the taking.

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Near the top

American Fork has an incredible history at this regional, winning six of the last seven years. The band has continued to place at the top in local competitions, and purely based on scores is in a prime position to take home another regional champion title. But several out-of-state bands will be looking to prevent that.

Traveling all the way from South Carolina, Fort Mill is another group that you can expect to see near the top here in St. George. Their top half finish in Powder Springs and frequent appearances in national semifinals are just of few of the achievements that fill this band’s exciting resume. Fort Mill’s 2019 show “The Hollow Crown” continues to show the band‘s ability to stay on the leading edge of design trends with beautiful props that clearly communicate the theme, and excellent small touches like the crowns that each student wears instead of shakos.

As a returning medalist, San Marcos is certainly not a group to be ignored. The band hasn’t competed in a BOA event yes this season, but does have a strong history of success at regionals all over the Western U.S., including a fourth place finish behind some of California and the nation’s best bands at the Downey Regional in 2017.

Flagstaff competitors

This year we have had the awesome opportunity to see quite a few of these bands compete earlier in the season at the Flagstaff Regional. Four Flagstaff finalists and a handful of other Flagstaff competitors are among the many bands here in Utah.

Foothill and Desert Vista were two of the top groups in Flagstaff, earning the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Desert Vista also competed at St. George last year, finishing fourth place in finals. The reigning Arizona state champion has continued to impress fans and judges alike with this year’s production titled “Heart of Stone.”

Corona Del Sol and Covina placed seventh and eighth at the Flagstaff Regional. Corona’s snake themed show really effectively combines the visual representation of snakes through everything from costuming to movement, along with some incredible music. Covina most recently competed at the Bakersfield Regional, earning fourth place in finals.

Other exciting groups from out of state

New Mexico’s Clovis is another well known name in the region and beyond. The band consistently makes finals at regionals and super regionals, including a fifth place finish at the Midland Regional last month and an eighth place finish in St. Louis in 2018.

Central Valley is one of the top bands in Washington. Their last trek to a BOA show earned fourth place at the San Jose Regional in 2016. We’re excited to see them compete against many other top bands from across the Western U.S.

Colorado is sending several of its top groups including Fossil Ridge and Loveland. Both these bands earns consistently high rankings in local competitions, and Loveland even has some history here in St. George. In 2017, Loveland was named Class AA champion and finished sixth in finals. Fellow Colorado band Montezum-Cortez has consistently won the Class A champion title for many years, and looks poised to earn yet another class champion title this season.

Returning local bands

Returning finalists Davis, Westlake, Skyridge, and Timpview will of course be looking to defend their finalist positions in their home state. But with all the out of state challengers, it will be harder than ever to earn one of the coveted spots in finals. Green Canyon is another Utah band to pay attention to. This 2017 finalist will look to prove they deserve to be back in finals after falling just short of finals by about 0.5 point last season.

Exciting day of competition awaits

This year’s St. George Regional features an incredible lineup of bands from all over the Western U.S. and one state from the exact opposite side of the country. It’s a strong possibility that all eight states will even be represented in finals, making it one of the most regionally diverse championships all season.

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