Despite a drizzle that became a downpour during their performance, the Fort Mill HS Band marched to the winner’s circle at the Bands of America (BOA) Regional Championship in Powder Springs, GA on Saturday, October 3rd.
Sixteen bands from GA, SC, TN, and MS braved the elements to compete in the 2015 BOA Regional Championship at McEachern HS in Powder Springs, GA. Fort Mill HS has competed in 25 BOA Regionals since 1991, qualifying for finals (top 10 or 12) every time, earning 8 class championships, and finishing 2nd overall 8 times.
Saturday’s win in Powder Springs marks the second time Fort Mill has finished 1st overall at a BOA Regional. Fort Mill won its first BOA Regional Championship in 2011 at the University of Akron. Only three South Carolina marching bands have ever won BOA Regionals: Irmo, Byrnes, and Fort Mill.
Fort Mill won the awards for Best Visual Performance and Best General Effect, placed 1st in Class 3A (based on school size), and finished 1st overall:
1—Fort Mill, SC
2—Harrison, GA (defending champion)
Fort Mill finished 3rd to Harrison, GA last year in the BOA Regional Championship at Jacksonville State University (AL).
Bands of America, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (1975-2015), provides the most prestigious nationwide circuit of marching band competitions in the country. BOA will sponsor 19 Regional Championships this year, from coast to coast, culminating in the BOA National Championship at Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis, Nov. 12-14.
Next Saturday (October 10th), Fort Mill travels to Winston-Salem, NC for the BOA Regional Championship at Wake Forest University. 27 bands from NC, SC, GA, TN, and VA will compete. Dobyns-Bennett, TN is the defending champion and performs last (4:30 PM) at prelims. Fort Mill performs at 1:15 PM in prelims. The top 10 bands, regardless of class/school size, advance to the evening finals.