September 28, 2013

This weekend marks the second week of competitions in Michigan.  Scholastic competition is starting to take off with five contests this weekend, while MCBA has one show, and our local BOA Regional is taking place on the campus of the University of Toledo. This regional is returning to Toledo for the first time since 2002 after alternating between The Pontiac Silverdome and Eastern Michigan University. The Silverdome wasn’t an option this year since currently doesn’t have a dome…..

Knight Time Classic

The 28th Annual Kenowa Hills Knight Time Classic begins at 9:30 AM with its opening ceremonies. We’re exceptionally excited for this contest, particularly due to the Class A attendees. The Class A competition, while only featuring four bands, includes two scholastic powerhouse bands (Petoskey and Portage Central) and two bands with strong histories in MCBA (Hudsonville and Stevensville Lakeshore).  Interestingly enough, while only two bands are current MCBA members, all four have participated in MCBA.  In fact, there are seven state championships among the four bands (Lakeshore 3; Hudsonville and Petoskey 2 each).  Needless to say, these programs all tend to attract a crowd and bring rather large entourages with them.  We encourage you to arrive early to get a good seat!

Class D (1) 9:45 AM
Class C (3) 10:00 AM
Class B (3) 11:00 AM
Class D, C, B Awards followed by lunch 11:45 AM
Class A (4) 1:00 PM
Class AA (2) 2:15 PM
Kenowa Hills, in Exhibition 2:45 PM
Class A, AA Awards 3:00 PM

Kenowa Hills is located at 3825 Hendershot Avenue in Grand Rapids (49544). Parking is at the High School, which for some may be a lengthy walk to the stadium.



Competition begins at Otsego at 2:00 PM.

Class D (4) 2:00 PM
Class C (5) 3:00 PM
Class D, C Awards 4:15 PM
Class B (9) 4:45 PM
Class B Awards 7:00 PM
Class A (4) 8:00 PM
Otsego, in Exhibition 9:00 PM
Class A Awards 9:15 PM

Otsego is located at 550 Washington Street in Otsego (49078).

Gibraltar Carlson

The National Anthem at Gibraltar Carlson will be performed at 3:00 PM.

Class C (2) 3:15 PM
Class B (2) 3:45 PM
Class A (3) 4:15 PM
Gibraltar Carlson, in Exhibition 5:00 PM
Awards 5:30 PM

Carlson High School is located at 30550 West Jefferson in Gibraltar (48173).

Chippewa Valley

The Clinton Township Chippewa Valley Big Reds Marching Band will perform the National Anthem at 3:45 PM.

Class B (2) 4:15 PM
Class A (2) 4:45 PM
Class AA (2) 5:15 PM
Anchor Bay, in Exhibition 5:45 PM
Chippewa Valley, in Exhibition 6:00 PM
Awards 6:15 PM

Chippewa Valley is located at 18300 19 Mile Road in Clinton Township (48038). Tickets cost $6 for Adults, and $4 for Students and Seniors. Children 12 and Under are free.

Grand Haven

Grand Haven begins with its opening ceremonies at 5:50 PM.

Class D (1) 6:00 PM
Class C (4) 6:15 PM
Class B (2) 7:30 PM
Class A (2) 8:00 PM
Grand Haven, in Exhibition 8:30 PM
Awards 8:50 PM

Grand Haven is located at 17001 Ferris Street in Grand Haven (49417).

Troy Athens

Troy Athens begins with the National Anthem at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $7 for Adults, and $5 for Students and Seniors. Children 5 and Under are free.

Flight III (3) 5:45 PM
Flight IV (3) 6:30 PM
Flight II (3) 7:30 PM
Flight I (3) 8:15 PM
Troy Athens, in Exhibition 9:00 PM
Awards 9:30 PM

Athens High is located at 4333 John R. Road in Athens (48085).


BOA Toledo Regional

7 Michigan Bands are heading to “the State that’s round on both ends and HI in the middle” for the BOA Toledo Regional. Preliminary competition begins at 10:00 AM. Below are the Michigan bands and their performance times (a full lineup can be found on the Toledo page):

11:45 AM Lake Orion
12:45 PM Walled Lake Central
1:00 PM Rockford
1:30 PM Grant
1:45 PM Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
2:15 PM Jenison
4:00 PM Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Following Preliminary competition and an exhibition by the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band, Preliminary Awards will be announced, which include Caption Awards and the Top Three Placements of each Class (A, AA, AAA, AAAA). Finalists will also be announced. The top 10 placing bands, regardless of class, will move onto the evening’s Finals competition. Any Class Champion who does not qualify for finals based on score will perform in exhibition during the Finals competition.

Gates for finals will open at 6:45 PM, with the first Finalist Band performing at 7:45 PM. This contest will end around 10:15 PM.

A schedule for Finals will not be available until after Preliminary competition; we will try to update our social media with this information once it is announced.

Please Note: As this event is on a College Campus, parking may be less than ideal. There is a parking lot near the stadium; however, if this fills quickly, you may have to park across campus and walk. Plan your time accordingly. There should be directional signs to assist you with way-finding.

Will you be attending this event? 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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