Sonic Boom Competition

The Franklin Band, defending seven-time state marching band champion and 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Shield Award, will host the Sonic Boom! Marching Band Competition at Howard Gamble Stadium at Franklin High School (810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN) on Saturday, October 5, at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate (children 5 and under free). Parking is free.

Nine marching bands from across Tennessee will compete for top honors in the categories of Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual, and Outstanding General Effect. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles will also be awarded. The Franklin Band will perform in exhibition at the close of the competition. Bands from the following high schools will compete this year:

  • Cascade High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Clarksville High School
  • Fred J. Page High School
  • Jo Byrns High School
  • John Overton High School
  • Ravenwood High School
  • Summit High School
  • White House High School

About The Franklin Band
The Franklin Band is the current and seven-time Tennessee marching band Grand Champion, earning the Governor’s Cup for this distinction. At the Bands of America (BOA) Kentucky Regional last weekend, the band took 2nd in Class AAA and advanced to finals, where they placed 5th overall. The Franklin Band is also a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Shield, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to high school, youth, and international marching bands of world class excellence. Franklin placed 3rd in Class AAA at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship in November 2018, finishing 17th in the nation with their semi-finals performance. Seven of Franklin’s ensembles have been invited to perform at the Music For All National Festival–Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble (2013), Chamber Music Ensemble (2015), Percussion Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet (2017), and Flute Ensemble and Trombone Ensemble (2019). Franklin’s Wind Ensemble also performed the 2017 Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame Induction Concert at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference.

The Franklin Band’s 2019 production is titled SymphoniCity and features the music of George Gershwin and Sting. The band is under the direction of Jacob Campos and Briana Vogt.

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