In its first Bands of America (BOA) competition of the season, The Franklin Band placed 2nd at the Tennessee Regional Championship at Austin Peay State University with a score of 80.20, surging past last year’s National Class AAA Champion, the Castle High School Marching Band from Newburgh, Indiana. Franklin also captured the Outstanding Visual Performance award.
Competition was intense with 26 bands from Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, and Illinois vying for top honors. A Class AAA band, Franklin’s preliminary performance earned them the class Outstanding Visual award and a 2nd place finish, advancing them to finals with the top 10 scoring bands regardless of class.
Franklin delivered the highest scoring Class AAA performance of the finals competition and earned 2nd place overall, behind Class AAAA champion O’Fallon Township and ahead of last year’s National Class AAA champion, Castle. Franklin also tied O’Fallon for the finals Outstanding Visual Performance award.
Additionally, Franklin’s drumline was honored to be asked to play all of the finalist bands onto the field for the final awards ceremony.
Franklin’s 2018 show is called Out There and features works by Rachmaninoff, including Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Piano Concerto No. 2 Movement II and III, Symphonic Dances Movement III, and Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.” The band is under the direction of David Aydelott and Jacob Campos.