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Past Grand National Marching Band Champions[edit]

BOA Super Regional Competition Award Ceremony, St. Louis, Missouri, 2005
From left to right: BOA Regional Finalist medal, BOA Super Regional Finalist medal, and a BOA Grand National Championships Finalist medal.

Summer National Championships[edit]

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  • The most BOA Grand National Championships won by any school is seven by Marian Catholic High School of Chicago Heights, Illinois. The band program also holds a record 20 BOA National Class Championships and an unprecedented five BOA Summer National Championships.
  • The longest consecutive and uninterrupted national championship streak is three years, held by Marian Catholic High School (1987, 1988, 1989), Avon High School (2008, 2009, 2010) and Carmel High School (2016, 2017, 2018). Rocky Mount High School of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, won in three consecutive appearances (1983, 1984, 1986).
  • The longest consecutive and uninterrupted summer national championship streak was five years, held by Marian Catholic High School (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988).[19]
  • The longest streak of consecutive BOA Grand National Finals appearances currently stands at 34 years, held by Marian Catholic High School (1984-2017).
  • The largest scoring gap between 1st and 2nd place at BOA Grand Nationals was 5.60 set in 1988 by Marian Catholic High School over Lake Park High School. The following year the two high schools set another record [at the time] for smallest scoring gap at .3 (Marian Catholic over Lake Park).
  • Only twice in the history of the BOA Grand National Championships has a single band swept all of the performance captions (Outstanding Music, Visual, and General Effect) on Finals night. This was achieved by Carmel High School in 2017 and 2018.
  • The highest score ever posted in a Bands of America Event was 97.85 by Hebron High School (Carrollton, TX) at the 2015 Grand National Championship Semi-Finals.
  • The highest score ever posted in a Bands of America Grand National finals was 97.75 by Avon High School in 2008 (Avon, Indiana)
  • The highest score at a BOA Regional Championship was by Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High School (San Antonio, Texas) with a 96.625 at the 2017 Bands of America San Antonio, Texas Super Regional Championships.
  • In the 2016 BOA Grand National Championship Finals, the first ever tie for 1st place occurred between Carmel High School and Avon High School with a score of 97.45. Carmel High School was named the champion after breaking the tie using the higher of the two bands overall general effect score of 58.50 for Carmel vs 58.20 for Avon.
  • The smallest margin of points between 1st and 2nd place at Grand National Finals was 0.05 points, which occurred in 1990 (Plymouth-Canton Educational Park over Westfield High School (Texas)), 2001 (Lawrence Central High School over Carmel High School (Carmel, Indiana)), and 2003 (Westfield High School over Ronald Reagan High School (San Antonio, Texas)).
  • The 2001 Grand Nationals presented the closest scoring gap between several groups, with 1st (Lawrence Central High School) and 5th Marian Catholic High School places separated by less than 0.95 points.
  • The ensemble with the most regional championships is The Norwin High School Band (North Huntingdon PA) with a total of 29 as of 2018.
  • The only two Grand Nationals "A-Class" Champions to place in the top five at Grand National Championship Finals are Danville High School of Danville, Kentucky in 1982 and Western High School of Russiaville, Indiana 1984.
  • The only band ever to win at least one regional in the past five decades (70's-present) is Norwin High School (North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) with 29 regional wins.
  • The longest streak of winning consecutive BOA Regional Championships belongs to Ayala High School (Chino Hills, California). The "Ayala BAC" won 9 times from 2006-2015. They won the Flagstaff Regional in Arizona (2006) and the Southern California Regional (2007-2015). Note: No Southern California Regional was held in 2011, therefore the streak continued in 2012 with the reappearance of the Southern California Regional.
  • The longest streak of winning consecutive BOA Regional and National Championships belongs to Carmel High School. From 2016-present their streak stands at 9 times. They won Grand National Championships in 2016. Then in 2017 they won three regional competitions including the Dayton Regional, the Indianapolis Super Regional, the Southern California Regional, and then won Grand National Championships. Then in 2018 they won two additional regional competitions with the Oxford Regional and the Indianapolis Super Regional, and preceded to win Grand National Championships for a third time in a row. Finally, in 2019 they won the Louisville Regional as their BOA debut for the 2019 season.
  • 9 Class A (A-Class) bands to ever make the Grand National Championship Finals are Danville High School (Danville. Kentucky) in 1981 and 1982, Carroll High School (Dayton, Ohio) in 1983. Western High School (Russiaville, Indiana) in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990, Adair County High School (Columbia. Kentucky) in 1990, Jackson Academy (Jackson, Mississippi) in 1993. Bellbrook High School (Bellbrook, Ohio) in 2000. New Philadelphia High School (New Philadelphia, Ohio) in 1983, 1984, 1985. Marlington High School (Alliance, Ohio) in 1986. Paoli High School (Paoli, Indiana) in 1983.
  • The first band to win 2 regionals (1980) in a season as well as 3 regionals (2012) in a season is the Norwin High school band (North Huntingdon PA).

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Marian Catholic (IL) 7 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000
Carmel (IN) 5 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
Broken Arrow (OK) 3 2006, 2011, 2015
Avon (IN) 3 2008, 2009, 2010
Plymouth-Canton (MI) 3 1990, 1991, 1999
Rocky Mount (NC) 3 1983, 1984, 1986
Lawrence Central (IN) 2 2001, 2004
Lassiter (GA) 2 1998, 2002
Tarpon Springs (FL) 1 2014
The Woodlands (TX) 1 2013
L.D. Bell (TX) 1 2007
Westfield (TX) 1 2003
Lake Park (IL) 1 1996
Center Grove (IN) 1 1995
Spring (TX) 1 1993
Centerville (OH) 1 1992
Norwin (PA) 1 1982
Chesterton (IN) 1 1981
J.M. Tate (FL) 1 1980

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Championships By State†[edit]

State Championships Most Recent
Indiana 12 2018
Illinois 8 2000
Texas 4 2013
Oklahoma 3 2015
Michigan 3 1999
North Carolina 3 1986
Florida 2 2014
Georgia 2 2002
Ohio 1 1992
Pennsylvania 1 1982

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Most all of this comes from Wikipedia. Just thought it would be nice to have the history of MBA-BOA. The only thing I can't find is the complete history of placings at Summer Nationals for each year that they were had. Last year I wrote Music for All to see if they could help but never heard back from them. The reason I wanted to know is for history's sake plus there were Illinois bands that made finals in those years that we don't know about. I do know Newton made finals twice and East Richland High school made finals once. I do believe Conant and Crystal Lake also made finals along with Hersher and Monticello

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