Recap: BOA St. George Regional, Nov. 9

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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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American Fork (1st, 89.35) earned a strong victory against the competition Saturday night with their show “The White Queen.” The band also tied Clovis for best music performance and won outright the awards for best visual performance and general effect. Everything about the performance displayed the highest elegance and poise, clearly demonstrating why American Fork now has nine regional champion titles to their name.

Clovis (2nd, 86.85) and San Marcos (3rd, 86.65) took home the silver and bronze medals, separated by just two tenths. San Marcos held a large margin in visual performance, but Clovis’ award winning music performance and high score in visual general effect was enough to close the gap. Certainly that triumphant rocky theme song played a role in pushing Clovis’ music performance to the very top.

After a long flight and some free time in Las Vegas, Fort Mill (4th, 85.15) gave a strong performance representing the east coast. Their fourth place finish in prelims earned second place in Class AAA, but wasn’t able to grab a single class caption award form class champion Clovis. In finals, Fort Mill was able to make up some ground, beating Clovis in the visual performance caption.

Representing Nevada, Foothill (5th, 84.60) grabbed the last spot in the top half of finals. Their production “BALL-istic” is based on a certain shape that you might be able to guess. The band finished as high as third from one music effect judge and fourth in overall general effect.

Davis (6th, 83.80) show “Summit” took us on a journey up a mountain from the base camp all the way to the tip of the peak. Their strong scores in both music and visual performance were almost enough to jump the gap to the top half of finals. The band was ranked fifth place in both performance captions and in music effect.

Class AA champion Green Canyon (7th, 82.70) finished just two tenths above Fossil Ridge (8th, 82.50). Fossil Ridge’s strength came from finishing fifth in visual performance and sixth in music performance, signaling excellent execution in those captions. Green Canyon also had some standout scores, specifically their second place ranking from a music effect judge and third place in visual ensemble. It’s always impressive to see a band from a smaller class competing so successfully against schools as much as twice their size.

The highest placing Arizona band, Desert Vista (9th, 81.90) received their highest marks from the individual music and visual performance judges, earning sixth place from both of those judges. These strong individual scores highlight the impressive training and skills mastered by each and every member of the band.

Farmington (10th, 80.75) pulled off a huge feat in prelims, earning 1st place from both of the field judges. That strong performance solidified their spot in finals among the best bands from Utah and beyond.

As always, the cut off for finals leaves out some very deserving bands. This year, Central Valley from Washington found themselves just outside of finals. Several judges had Central Valley ranked above other finalist groups, including a 4th place ranking in individual music performance. But that wasn’t enough to push another band out of finals.

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