B.A. Pride Marches Home With 16th Regional BOA Championship
By BOB LEWIS
Members of the Pride of Broken Arrow marched into the St. Louis Dome of America’s Center late in October hoping to continue the tradition of excellence established by previous members of their high school’s marching band.
They not only finished on top on the Bands of America regional competition, but swept the field winning top honors in visual performance, music performance and general effect. In the process they scored an event-best 92.650 points topping Blue Springs, Mo. High School that earned 90.900 points and Coppell, Texas High School that captured 88.575 points.
Putting the dominance of the BA students into perspective, veteran participants and spectators at regional and national BOA events noted that many championships are decided ½ point or less.
Under the direction of Hall of Fame band director Darrin Davis, the Pride has now captured 22 state championships – the past 19 in a row – 16 regional titles and three BOA national championships.
The St. Louis regional featured outstanding high school marching bands from around the region in preliminary competition. The top 12 scoring bands advanced to the event’s finals.
Underscoring the district’s national reputation, its district concert bands also have an impressive heritage of excellence with more than 100 Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association Sweepstakes Awards. In 2008, the BA wind ensemble was invited to perform at the BOA National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Various concert bands and jazz ensembles perform regularly at the Oklahoma Music Educators convention and often appear in regional and national concert band and jazz festivals.
In 2014, the wind ensemble made its inaugural concert appearance in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall and was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic’s International Band & Orchestra Conference in Chicago in 2015.
The Pride of Broken Arrow marching band, is a volunteer organization that is open for audition to wind band students in the 9th through 12th grades. It is an extracurricular activity, with 100% of the rehearsal time held outside of the school day. The Pride performs at home and away football games as well as at various state, regional and national marching band competitions. It was invited to march in the 2009 and 2013 Tournament of Roses Parades and as a representative of the State of Oklahoma performed in Presidential Inaugural Parades for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.