Bands of America Grand Nationals

Hello from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The finals competition has concluded, and the Bands of America organization has named Avon High School from Avon, Ind., the grand national champion for 2009. Avon was also named grand national champion in 2008.

The only other high schools to repeat as grand national champion are Rocky Mount High School, N.C., 1983-84; Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, Ill., 1987-89; and Plymouth Centennial Educational Park, Canton, Mich., 1990-91. Plymouth Centennial Educational Park is the same high school as Plymouth Canton Educational Park.

Avon High School, established in 1934, just about 20 miles west of Indianapolis, also tied in the finals competition for best general effect and best visual performance. During the semi-final competition earlier today, Avon received the same caption awards in Class 4A and was named Class 4A champion as well.

The Avon High School band is directed by Jay Webb, and drum majors are Robert Walker, Jessica McKinney, Ashley Hancock, Aaron Creeden, and Khirston Sims. Their field show this year was entitled “Comm-UNIFORM-ity.”

The 12 bands competing in finals were selected from the semi-finals, as the 12 semi-finalists with the highest score, regardless of class. With their total scores in the finals round, here are the 2009 Bands of America Grand National finalists:

  1. Avon, Ind., 96.6
  2. L.D. Bell, Hurst, Texas, 95.25
  3. Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, Ill., 95.25
  4. Marcus, Flower Mound, Texas, 94.5
  5. Carmel, Ind., 94.45
  6. Broken Arrow, Okla., 92.75
  7. The Woodlands, Texas, 92.5
  8. Lawrence Central, Indianapolis, Ind., 92.15
  9. Center Grove, Greenwood, Ind., 90.4
  10. James Bowie, Austin, Texas, 89.65
  11. Wando, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 89.15
  12. Centerville, Ohio, 88.8

For Bands of America placement awards, ties have to be resolved, so the tie in score between Marian Catholic and L.D. Bell for second place was broken by looking at the general effect score. That’s how it’s done in the Bands of America adjudication system.

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