MCBA Preview: 10/20/12

This Saturday, there will be three MCBA competitions: Jenison, Flushing MIT, and Clarkston. All but one MCBA band will be performing at these competitions. That last one, Plymouth-Canton, will be representing Michigan at the BOA Indianapolis Super Regional.

At the MCBA competitions, Adult tickets will costs $7, while Student and Senior tickets will cost $5. Each host may have additional ticket prices/discounts available.


The National Anthem will be performed, opening Clarkston’s competition, at 1:45 PM. Flight IV consists of two bands, Columbia Central and South Lake, and will begin at 2:00 PM.

Flight III starts at 2:30 with Hazel Park and concludes at 3:15 with Ferndale. A 15 minute break follows Ferndale prior to Flight II. Woodhaven opens Flight II at 3:45 PM. 9 Flight II bands will compete at Clarkston, and L’Anse Creuse will conclude Flight II competition at 5:45 PM.

There will be an Awards ceremony for Flights IV, III, and II at 6:00 PM.

Flight I competition will begin at 7:00 PM with Walled Lake Central. A total of 10 Flight I bands are performing. Lakeland performs at 9:00 PM, with Clarkston’s exhibition performance of “Henry the V” at 9:15 PM. Flight I Awards will be at 9:30 PM. 

Clarkston is located at 6093 Flemings Lake Road in Clarkston (zip: 48346).

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Flushing MIT

The Flushing MIT competition, hosted by Flushing High School at the Atwood Stadium in Flint, opens with the National Anthem at 2:00 PM. 

Notice: The Atwood Stadium Parking Lot is reserved for busses and equipment trucks only. Flushing has provided this PDF (this will most likely download – check your computer’s downloads folder!) to provide a visual map of available Spectator Parking. Please note that several of these parking lots do require some walking to get to the stadium. Arrive earlier than anticipated to ensure you find the best available parking and do not miss your band’s performance. 

Corunna High School will perform in Comments-only exhibition at 2:10 PM.

Flight IV competition consists of Atherton and Durand and begins at 2:25. Linden begins Flight III competition at 2:55, and DeWitt will conclude Flight III competition at 3:40 PM. Carman-Ainsworth competes in Flight I at 3:55, Milford competes in Flight II at 4:10, and Flushing performs in Flight II exhibition at 4:25. Awards for All Flights will be at 5:00 PM.

Atwood Stadium is located at 701 University Avenue in Flint (zip: 48504).

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Saturday is a busy day for Jenison, as their marching competition consists of both a Scholastic and an MCBA competition. Here we will just focus on the MCBA portion, although the event page lists the entire day’s schedule.

A large portion of Jenison’s campus is under construction. While this was originally announced as affecting equipment and bus parking, there are strong chances that it will also affect spectator parking. You are strongly recommended to arrive early as parking at Jenison often becomes scarce.

Children whom are pre-school aged and younger are admitted free, and there is a family ticket available for $22, with a stipulation of no more than 2 adults.

The MCBA Competition will begin with Flight IV at 4:00 PM. If you’re in the mood to see more than just MCBA Bands, do not be afraid to attend the preceding Scholastic competition, which opens at 8:45 AM. Class D starts at 9:00, Class C will begin at 10:00, Class B starts at 11:45, and Class A begins at 1:30 PM. 

Kent City is the first band to take the field in Flight IV competition, with their performance being at 4:00 PM. 10 Flight IV bands will perform in two blocks of 5. There will be a 15 minute break between the blocks, which occurs at 5:15. Flight IV concludes with Godwin Heights at 6:30 PM.

Following Godwin, there will be a 15 minute break. Awards for Flight IV will occur at 7:00 PM. Flight III will start at 7:15. Please notice these times; there will not be a break between Flight IV awards and Flight III. If you are coming to see Flight III bands, please arrive earlier than planned. If you are staying for Flight IV awards, please consider staying to watch several Flight III bands before leaving. Doing such, and not leaving and entering en masse will ensure that proper marching spectator etiquette is met and that spectators are not entering and leaving the stands during band performances.

Wayland Union, MCBA’s newcomer, opens Flight III at 7:15 PM. Reeths-Puffer, who has joined Flight III this year, will perform at 8:45. There will be a 15 minute break between Flight III and I. Grandville takes the field in Flight I competition at 9:15, and Rockford concludes Flight I competition at 9:30. Hudsonville competes in Flight II at 9:45, and Jenison will perform “JOAN” in exhibition at 10:00 PM.

Awards for Flights III, I, and II will occur at 10:15 PM.

Jenison’s Campus is located at 2140 Bauer Road in Jenison (zip code: 49428).

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BOA Indianapolis Super Regional

While we will not be covering this event like we covered Pontiac, it is still worth discussing as the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band will be competing at Lucas Oil Stadium during Preliminary competition on Saturday. They are scheduled to perform at 3:15 PM.

This is a two-day event, with preliminary competition occurring on Friday, 10/19 and Saturday, 10/20. The top 14 scoring bands, regardless of Class, will advance into Finals, which will be held Saturday Night. 

Preliminary competition will conclude with Presentation of Awards (Top 3 Placement and Caption Awards for each of the Four Classes), as well as announcement of the Finals Qualifiers. Please note that Placements and Caption Awards do not affect whether or not a band will advance into Finals. Finals competition will begin at 7:45 PM on Saturday evening, with gates opening at 6:45 PM. Finals will conclude at 10:45, with Awards occurring at 11:00 PM.

While we are not one to publicly make “predictions” about how contests will turn out, we are keeping our fingers crossed that Plymouth will advance into Finals for this Regional. We wish them the best of luck as they perform “The Last Dance” at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Tickets for the Indianapolis Super Regional are as follows (taken from BOA’s Website):

  • $17 for Friday Prelims, General Admission
  • $19 for Saturday Prelims, General Admission
  • $23 for Saturday Finals, General Admission
  • $27 for Saturday Finals, Reserved Seats
  • $48 for the Super Ticket (Friday and Saturday Prelims, General Admission; Saturday Finals, Premium Reserved Seats)
Bands of America/Music For All offers a plethora of discounts. Visit the site, linked just above, for more information on Ticket Prices.

Lucas Oil Stadium is located at 500 South Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana (zip: 46225).

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Will you be attending one of these competitions? If you buy a program, please take some time after the competition to send us band show titles and competition scores. We, unfortunately, cannot attend every event and your submissions ensure a more complete experience and record of Michigan’s competitive marching bands.

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