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Bands of America 2015: Artificial turf survey

In April, Voxitatis wrote about a new artificial turf field at Morton High School in Morton, Ill., and interviewed several directors of national-class marching bands. The consensus among them was that the vast majority of high school marching band festivals are performed on artificial turf and have been for several years.

We consider here the regional, super-regional, and national competitions being conducted by the Bands of America organization this year, which is the organization’s 40th year in service to high school music programs across the country. We found that every single festival was being conducted on artificial turf surfaces. The 21 festivals this fall will take place at 20 different locations, and none of them will be marched on natural grass.

Date, Location Institution Facility Name Surface / Link Installed
Sept 19, Clarksville, Tenn. Austin Peay State University Governor’s Stadium FieldTurf XT 2014
Sept 19, Monroeville, Pa. Gateway High School Antimarino Stadium Astroplay turf 2003
Sept 26, Austin, Tex. Round Rock ISD Kelly Reeves ISD Athletic Complex artificial turf (also) Before 2005
Sept 26, Bowling Green, Ohio Bowling Green State University Doyt Perry Stadium FieldTurf (also) 2007
Sept 26, McAllen, Tex. McAllen ISD McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium artificial turf (also) Renovated in 2014
Oct 3, Conroe, Tex. Conroe ISD Woodforest Bank Stadium artificial turf 2008
Oct 3, Dayton, Ohio Dayton Board of Education Welcome Stadium Astroturf 1974
Oct 3, Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern High School Cantrell Stadium artificial turf Unknown
Oct 10, Arlington, Tex. University of Texas – Arlington Maverick Stadium FieldTurf Built 1979
Oct 10, Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest University assume – BB&T Field FieldTurf 2006
Oct 10, Jacksonville, Ala. Jacksonville State University Burgess-Snow Field artificial turf 2005
Oct 16, St Louis, Mo. St Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome Magic Carpet Astro Turf Built 1995
Oct 17, Newark, Del. University of Delaware Tubby Raymond Field Synthetic Turf 2009
Oct 23, Indianapolis, Ind. (regional) Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium FieldTurf 2008
Oct 24, Long Beach, Calif. Long Beach City College Veterans Memorial Stadium artificial turf (also) Unknown
Oct 30, Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta Falcons, Ga. St. Univ. Georgia Dome FieldTurf (also) 2011
Oct 30, San Antonio, Tex. City of San Antonio Alamodome AstroTurf (also) 2013
Oct 31, St George, Utah Dixie State University Hansen Stadium FieldTurf 2011
Nov 7, Tacoma, Wash. City of Tacoma tentative – Tacoma Dome artificial turf 2006
Nov 7, American Canyon, Calif. Napa Valley Unified SD American Canyon High School synthetic turf Unknown
Nov 11, Indianapolis, Ind. (Grand Nationals) Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium FieldTurf 2008
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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