Marching Band Competition Primer

The Centerville Jazz Band mainly participates in two competition circuits, though we also venture to other circuits such as Indiana.

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Mid-States Band Association (MSBA) is a regional group of high schools from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.  The Marching Band usually attends 2-3 MSBA competitions each year. At these events, which are hosted at local high schools, each band will perform once.  The Marching Band also competes in the MSBA Championship that is held at Mason in November each year.  The Centerville Invitational, hosted by the Centerville Jazz Band, is also an MSBA event, but the CJB performs as an exhibition and is not part of the competition.  MSBA Judging Rules

Bands of America

Bands of America (BOA) is a national program of Music for All.  BOA organizes the fall championships across the country, including Regional, Super Regional, and Grand National Championships. BOA Regional Championships draw approximately 30 bands and are one day events with a preliminary competition in the morning and afternoon and a finals competition in the evening.  They are held at large high school or college stadiums.  BOA Super Regional Championships are usually two day events held at world class venues (usually domed stadiums) and draw approximately 60 bands.  Preliminary performances are spread over two days with finals held the evening of day two.  The CJB attends a BOA Regional and/or Super Regional competition each year.

prelims

The culmination of each performance season is the BOA Grand National Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in November.  This event draws approximately 90 bands from across the United States and is widely recognized as the premier marching band competition in the nation.  The three day event begins with preliminary competitions held on Thursday and Friday.  Approximately 35 bands selected for semifinals will perform beginning Saturday morning.  The top 12 bands selected for finals will perform Saturday evening.

At most competitions, each band is given a 15 minutes time slot to set up, perform, and exit the field.  BOA Adjudication Handbook

What’s Happening Next?

 

April 26-27 – Spring Musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29-May 1 – CJB Clinics, 6-8pm

April 30 – Arts Signing Day, 3:00pm PAC

May 2 – Blue Ribbon Assembly, 8:15am PAC

May 3-4 – Spring Musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”

May 5 – Original Night, 7:30pm Central Theater

May 9 – MS Band Concerts, 7:00pm

May 10 – Drum Major Auditions, 3:00pm

May 13-17 – Performing Arts Week

May 14 – Band Concert, 7:30pm PAC

May 16 – Jazz Concert, 7:30pm PAC

May 17 – Jazz on the Lawn, 11:15am-1:30pm Front of CHS

May 17 – CYW/MSPE Concert, 7:00pm PAC

May 20 – CJB Turn-In Night, 6-8pm Band Room

May 22 – Band Awards Night, 7:00pm PAC

May 23 – Senior Recognition Assembly, 8:15-11:00am Front Gym

May 25 – Commencement, 9:00am WSU Nutter Center

May 27- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

May 28-30 – Exams

May 30 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

May 31 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice Day)

 

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