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  • 2017 Western Carolina University Tournament of Champions

    Most band folks in the south and mid Atlantic know that this is generally the best non-BOA show in the region. A lot of the regular heavy hitters did not attend last year at least in part due to a format change. But this year I believe everything is back to normal and many of the regulars are back. Here is the current preliminary schedule.


    Western Carolina University Tournament of Champions
    October 21st, 2017

    8:00 - Hillcrest, SC
    8:15 - Campbell, GA
    8:30 - Northwest Guilford. NC
    8:45 - Harrison, GA
    9:00 - McEachern, GA
    9:15 - RW Johnson, GA

    9:30 - 15 minute break

    9:45 - Spring Valley, SC
    10:00 - Seymour, TN
    10:15 - South Caldwell, NC
    10:30 - McDowell, NC
    10:45 - Enloe, NC
    11:00 - West Johnston, NC
    11:15 - Hickory, VA

    11:30 - 45 minute break

    12:15 - Jackson County, GA
    12:30 - Lincolnton,NC
    12:45 - Owen, NC
    1:00 - Kennesaw Mountain, GA
    1:15 - Parkwood, NC
    1:30 - Dobyns-Bennett, TN
    1:45 - Clover, SC

    2:00 - 15 minute break

    2:15 - Sanderson, NC
    2:30 - Pisgah, NC
    2:45 - Alan C. Pope, GA
    3:00 - Tuscola, NC
    3:15 - North Henderson, NC
    3:30 - East Lincoln, NC
    3:45 - Summerville, SC

    4:00 - Western Carolina University

    Finals will follow in the evening consisting of the four class champions and the next six highest scoring bands regardless of class.

  • #2
    This is a pretty good lineup. Interesting mix... some first time match ups.

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    • #3
      Much better than last year. Nafo will be at upper state. Green Hope is a miss too. In fact there are no Cary bands. Harrison and DB will likely be battling for the championship as per usual.

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      • #4
        I'm glad to see Hickory here... but it would be much more fun to see them at Winston-Salem.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Quinniethetrumpetman View Post

          8:30 - Northwest Guilford. NC
          8:45 - Harrison, GA
          9:00 - McEachern, GA
          11:15 - Hickory, VA
          12:15 - Jackson County, GA
          1:00 - Kennesaw Mountain, GA
          1:30 - Dobyns-Bennett, TN
          3:15 - North Henderson, NC
          3:30 - East Lincoln, NC
          3:45 - Summerville, SC
          I could be wrong, but I think these are our ten finalists. I'm pretty sure that would include all classes, assuming North Henderson is Class A.

          My rankings of these goes something like:

          1. Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
          2. Harrison H.S., GA
          3. McEachern H.S., GA
          4. Hickory H.S., VA
          5. Summerville H.S., SC
          6. Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA
          7. Jackson County H.S., GA
          8. East Lincoln H.S., NC
          9. Northwest Guilford H.S., NC
          10. North Henderson H.S., NC

          Placing Hickory in 4th might seem bold, but I feel pretty confident that if this was the lineup last year, they would've been fourth. If I'm honest, the reason I say that is I saw them as about as good as Bassett last year, if not a little better, and I feel pretty confident that Bassett would've landed there too. We'll see, I could be totally wrong. If Summerville is as good this year as they were in 2014 & 2015, I might be wrong. But otherwise, I see Hickory easily in finals and probably at least sixth.

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          • #6
            I'd be very surprised if Summerville was fifth (they'll be higher).

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            • #7
              Seeing the WCU band always makes this one worth the price of admission.

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              • #8
                Worth noting that East Lincoln is going through their second director change in the last two years. I'm not sure if they have made a hire yet.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Oboe12 View Post
                  6. Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA
                  ...so you don't think we'll see a KM rebound? I mean I know there size is down, but they still have the same staff, right?

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                  • #10
                    I don't see Summerville on the same level as DB or Harrison, but if they fall below third I'd be suprised. KM lost David McGrath, (assistant is now their head director) so it's not looking good.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cornet View Post
                      I'd be very surprised if Summerville was fifth (they'll be higher).
                      Hickory ahead of Summerville was more of a *bold* pick, but I personally see McEachern ahead of Summerville.

                      BoaDci As far as KM, without David McGrath, they no longer have any kind of visionary at their forefront. This new director could surprise us, but I don't see them making a comeback under these conditions.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Oboe12 View Post

                        Hickory ahead of Summerville was more of a *bold* pick, but I personally see McEachern ahead of Summerville.

                        BoaDci As far as KM, without David McGrath, they no longer have any kind of visionary at their forefront. This new director could surprise us, but I don't see them making a comeback under these conditions.
                        What makes Summerville a threat is their visual program, particularly color guard. Byrnes guard is probably the best overall in the state of SC as they typically beat Summerville in local/regional winterguard events, but somehow Byrnes guard is never as clean as Summerville guard in marching season. Musically Summerville is clean but of very little interest in the way of content. I think McEachern can beat them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Oboe12 View Post

                          Hickory ahead of Summerville was more of a *bold* pick, but I personally see McEachern ahead of Summerville.

                          BoaDci As far as KM, without David McGrath, they no longer have any kind of visionary at their forefront. This new director could surprise us, but I don't see them making a comeback under these conditions.
                          Yeah, I figured as much. Thats a shame. KM was stellar.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BoaDci View Post

                            Yeah, I figured as much. Thats a shame. KM was stellar.
                            Yeah, I agree. Like I said, I could be wrong. But if I'm honest, if KM performs as they did last year, 6th place would be a little optimistic for them at this show.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Oboe12 View Post

                              Yeah, I agree. Like I said, I could be wrong. But if I'm honest, if KM performs as they did last year, 6th place would be a little optimistic for them at this show.
                              Ugh. Hopefully a resurgence will occur in the upcoming years, but yeah, this competition looks pretty rough for them.

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