2019 Marching Season

CTJ at Grand Nationals
CTJ was given the BOA Albert J. Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award following Grand Nationals finals.

CTJ 6th at Grand Nats, Wins Award

Bands of America The Claudia Taylor Johnson Marching Band finished its 2019 season with its best-ever finish at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, scoring 93.25 in finals competition for sixth place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Grand Nationals trip was the band’s third. CTJ finished in eighth place in 2011 and ninth in 2016.

The band’s preliminary, semifinals and finals performances of its show “The Circle of Life,” were a huge crowd favorite and received multiple standing ovations during finals.

Additionally, CTJ was named the winner of the Bands of America Albert J. Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award, which was announced during retreat. The award recognizes the band that “most exhibits pride, spirit, enthusiasm, friendliness, camaraderie, and unity of purpose for the marching band activity.”

Johnson is the third Texas band to be named the Esprit de Corps winner, joining Marcus in 2013 and Stephen F. Austin in 2004. The award has been presented by BOA since 1978.

The 2019 Grand National champion, with a finals score of 97.125, Vandegrift, marking the first time “The Eagle” — BOA’s Grand National Championship trophy — has gone to a Texas school since The Woodlands in 2013. Avon (Ind.) was second, followed by Hebron.

All six bands in the #TeamTexas contingent, including Leander, Round Rock, and The Woodlands, made the 12-band finalist field. All six bands were also finalists at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional on November 2.

In 2019, Johnson recorded the fifth-highest score in program history (94.325 in Grand National preliminary performance), the seventh-highest score (94.100 in BOA San Antonio finals) and the eighth-highest score (94.025 in Grand Nats semifinals). The preliminary and semifinals scores in Indianapolis were good for fourth place in Class AAAA, one spot ahead of three-time defending Grand National champion Carmel (Ind.) in both sessions.

In October, CTJ was awarded its 12th consecutive UIL Marching Division I Sweepstakes Award at the Region 12 event at Heroes Stadium.

CTJ’s finals performance at BOA Austin in September was given a score of 84.150, the band’s third-highest score in five trips to the Austin event. Johnson’s third-place finish was also its 16th top-three placement in 23 BOA events since 2012.

Circle of Life


BOA Austin Regional
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock

86.300 -
84.850 - Leander
84.150 - Claudia Taylor Johnson
83.350 - Vista Ridge
81.050 - Cedar Park
80.025 - Cedar Ridge
79.500 - Lake Travis
78.700 - James Bowie
77.500 - Rouse
77.000 - Westwood

Outstanding Music Performance - Vandegrift
Outstanding Visual Performance - Leander
Outstanding General Effect - Vandegrift

1st - Vandegrift
2nd - Claudia Taylor Johnson
3rd - Vista Ridge

UIL Region 12 Marching Contest
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Heroes Stadium, San Antonio

• Awarded Sweepstakes Division I ratings from the judges; 12th consecutive

Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional
November 1-2, 2019
Alamodome, San Antonio

• Seventh place overall, Finals
• Fourth Place, Class AAAA

97.300 - Ronald Reagan
96.400 - Vandegrift
95.225 - Vista Ridge
95.075 - Leander
94.900 - Hebron
94.400 - Marcus
94.100 - Claudia Taylor Johnson 
92.550 - The Woodlands 
90.950 - Flower Mound
89.650 - L.D. Bell
89.200 - James Bowie
89.100 - Round Rock 
88.850 - Keller
87.050 - Pearland

Outstanding Music Performance - Vandegrift
Outstanding Visual Performance - Ronald Reagan
Outstanding General Effect - Ronald Reagan

1st - Ronald Reagan
2nd - Vandegrift
3rd - Vista Ridge 

Outstanding Music Performance - Marcus
Outstanding Visual Performance - Vandegrift
Outstanding General Effect - Ronald Reagan

BOA Grand National Championships
November 14-16, 2019
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

• Sixth place overall, Finals
• Fourth place, Class AAAA semifinals and preliminaries

97.175 - Vandegrift
96.700 - Avon (Ind.)
95.550 - Hebron
94.575 - Carmel (Ind.)
94.300 - Leander
93.250 - Claudia Taylor Johnson 
91.425 - William Mason (Ohio)
91.200 - The Woodlands
90.425 - Round Rock
89.900 - The Homestead (Ind.)
88.250 - Union (Okla.) 
88.100 - Ayala (Calif.)

Outstanding Music Performance - Hebron
Outstanding Visual Performance - Avon (Ind.)
Outstanding General Effect - Vandegrift 

1st - Vandegrift
2nd - Avon (Ind.)
3rd - Hebron 

Outstanding Music Performance - Vandegrift
Outstanding Visual Performance - Vandegrift
Outstanding General Effect - Vandegrift

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