PHOTO BY DAN TSCHOEPE
CTJ Ninth At BOA Grand Nationals;
Fourth BOA Finals Appearance of ’16
Taylor Johnson wrapped its 2016 marching competition season with a
ninth-place finish Saturday night at the Bands of America Grand National
Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Johnson's 91.30
score in finals was its highest of the season for its unique, innovative
"Tonight's performance was truly magical,"
said CTJ Director of Bands Jarrett Lipman. "I am always proud of our
band. I have never seen them perform like they did tonight.... Won't
ever forget this night."
CTJ was making just its second trip to
Grand Nationals, having made a finals appearance and overall
eighth-place finish in 2011.
In 2016, Johnson was named a finalist in all
four of the Bands of America competitions on its schedule —
demonstrating consistency and excellence.
The 2016 BOA Grand National champion is Carmel (Ind.), which
tied Avon (Ind.) with a finals score of 97.45 but was awarded the
"Eagle" championship trophy based on its higher score for General
Effect. It was the first time in event history that a tie had been
recorded for first place.
Three other Texas schools made finals: Cedar Park (5th, 95.30), Leander (6th, 94.65), and Ronald Reagan (7th, 91.85).
Bands of America Grand National Championship began Thursday with 100
bands from across the country. The field was pared to 36 semi-finalists
In what was considered by some to be one of the
richest and most challenging BOA Grand Nationals finals fields in recent
history, each of the 13 finalists was ranked among the Top 30 bands in
the nation by HornRank.com.
Bands of America Grand National Championship
November 10-12, 2016
• Second finals appearance in two Grand National trips
• CTJ finished fifth in Class AAAA semi-finals competition
• CTJ finished second in Class AAAA and fourth overall in preliminaries competition
Outstanding Music Performance - Avon (Ind.)
97.45 - Carmel (Ind.)*
97.45 - Avon (Ind.)
96.55 - William Mason (Ohio)
95.70 - Tarpon Springs (Fla.)
95.30 - Cedar Park
94.65 - Leander
91.85 - Ronald Reagan
91.50 - Wando (S.C.)
91.30 - Claudia Taylor Johnson
91.05 - Castle (Ind.)
91.00 - Homestead (Ind.)
90.05 - Marian Catholic (Ill.)
89.45 - Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.)
Outstanding Visual Performance - Avon (Ind.)
Outstanding General Effect - Carmel (Ind.)*
*Carmel was named Grand National champion by virtue of its higher GE score.