Photo by David A. Golden
The Dobyns-Bennett High School band finished third in Class AAA on Saturday at the prestigious Music for All's Bands of America Grand National Championships. Unfortunately, the stellar performance wasn't enough to propel the Tribe into the elite field of 12 finalists slated to compete for the national title.
The finals were set to begin at approximately 8 p.m., Saturday, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The top 12 scoring bands, regardless of class, advanced to the Saturday evening finals.
Dobyns-Bennett did have a quite a run, though, reaching the semifinals and earning the third spot in their AAA classification. Franklin, another Tennessee school, finished second in Class AAA, while Harrison (Ga.) took top honors in the class. Harrison was the only one of the three to advance to the final 12.
The BOA Grand National finalists were: Avon (Ind.), Lawrence Central (Ind.), The Woodlands (Texas), Marcus (Texas), Carmel (Ind.), LD Bell (Texas), Marian Catholic (Ill.), William Mason (Ohio), Round Rock (Texas), Harrison (Ga.), Ayala (Calif.) and Cedar Ridge (Texas).
Ten of the 12 finalists came from Class AAAA.
More than 90 bands performed in the preliminaries on Thursday and Friday, before the field was pared to the 36 semifinalists - the largest semifinal field in BOA history. D-B was one of 36 schools to compete in the semifinals.
The D-B band left in charter buses about 1 p.m. Thursday for Indianapolis and performed bright and early Friday morning. The semifinalists were announced at approximately 10 o'clock, Friday night. The Marching Indians drew a 2:30 p.m. semifinal performance, leaving just a short wait before the finalists were announced shortly after 5 p.m., Saturday.
A legion of fans traveled to Indianapolis with the band; others watched a live feed of the performance or followed along on the Grand National Championships semifinals' live blog.
For details about the competition, visit www.musicforall.org.