Franklin Band Takes 3rd Place in Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship

The Franklin Band Grand Nationals 2018

The Franklin Band took 3rd place in Class AAA at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship held November 8-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Of the 108 bands that competed in preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday, Franklin placed 10th overall and was among the 37 top-scoring bands from all classes that advanced to semi-finals on Saturday. Franklin’s prelim score of 89.12 was the highest the band has ever scored at a Bands of America event.

In addition to 3rd place in Class AAA, Franklin’s semi-finals performance earned 17th place overall.

Franklin’s 2018 production, Out There, included Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Piano Concerto No. 2 Movement II and III, and Symphonic Dances Movement III by Sergei Rachmaninov, and “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen. The band’s Grand Nationals performances marked the successful conclusion of a season that included winning 2nd place at the Bands of America Tennessee Regional Championship, along with the Outstanding Visual Performance award; and being named Grand Champion at the 56th Annual Contest of Champions. At Contest of Champions, the band also defended its Tennessee State Marching Band Champion title, bringing home the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s Cup trophy for the 7th time.

The Franklin Band is under the direction of David Aydelott and Jacob Campos and color guard directors Levi Brandenburg and Michael Horvath.