Band Competition 101

The William Mason High School Marching Band competes in the Mid-States Band Association and the Bands of America circuits. In addition for performing at local venues, the Marching Band has performed in St. Louis, Atlanta, and Pontiac, MI.

The MSBA is a consortium of high school band organizations from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The Marching Band usually attends 3-4 MSBA competitions each year. At these events, which are held at local high school venues, each band will perform once.  The Marching Band also competes in the MSBA Championship that is hosted at Mason in November each year.

Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations in support of active music making. Bands of America (BOA) is a program of Music for All that promotes and organizes marching band events across the country for high school students.  BOA Regional competitions draw approximately 30 bands and are one day events with a preliminary competition in the morning and a finals competition in the evening.  BOA Super Regional Championships are two day events held at world class venues (usually domed stadiums) and draw approximately 60 bands.  Preliminary performances are held on day one with finals held on day two. The Marching Band attends a BOA Regional and/or Super Regional competition each year. 

The culmination of each performance season is the BOA Grand National Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in November.  This event draws approximately 90 bands from across the United States and is widely recognized as the premier marching band competition in the nation.  The three day event begins with preliminary competitions held on Thursday and Friday.  Approximately 30 bands selected for semifinals will perform in competition beginning on Saturday morning.  The top 12 bands selected for finals competition will perform on Saturday evening.

2014 Performance Schedule

Below is the performance schedule for this year with links to additional information.  Please keep in mind that the information for each event is continually being updated, so you'll need to check back for accurate information for each competition.

September 6: Kings Invitational, Kings Mills, OH

September 27: BOA Regional, Welcome Stadium, University of Dayton 

October 4: Lebanon Invitational, Lebanon, OH

October 18:  Mason Invitational, Mason High School

October 31-November 1: BOA Super Regional, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

November 8:  MSBA Championships, Mason High School

November 12-15: BOA Grand National Championships, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN