The national award-winning Harrison High School Marching Band will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, to compete in the 2019 Bands of American Grand National Championships on November 14-16, 2019. This elite competition features nearly 100 bands from all over the United States. The Harrison High School Marching band is one of only two bands from Georgia competing in the 2019 event.
The Marching Hoyas will perform their 2019 show “Restricted Area: 51,” set in one of the world’s most secure military bases. What starts as a typical day at the base is turned topsy-turvy after an intruder alert sounds, setting in motion events that reveal long-suspected secrets about the base and its out-of-this-world occupants. Led by Drum Majors Anna Brown, Ruthie Newton and Madelyn Tanner, this year’s show featured music from Independence Day, Terminator, and The X-Files.
To get to Grand Nationals, the Hoya Band requires five buses and four trucks and trailers to transport all the participants, support staff, and equipment necessary to perform; they will travel more than 1000 miles round-trip. Students in the Harrison bands are consistent members of the District Honor Band, Georgia All-State Band, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Honor Band of America, Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program, Atlanta Youth Jazz Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.
“Since we opened our 2019 practices in June, all Harrison Band members and instructors share one vision: To deliver the performances of a lifetime at Bands of America Grand Nationals,” said Director of Bands Josh Ray. “Nearly 200 band members have worked tirelessly for six months to achieve this goal – always together, with dedication, excellence and pride.”
To get to Grand Nationals, the Harrison Band earned top honors among more than 20 bands from six states at the Southeast Regional Bands of America competition. In addition to capturing the coveted First Overall position, the Harrison Band was awarded:
- First place in Class AAAA, the category for the schools with the largest enrollments.
- First in Visual Performance, which evaluates the performance of ensembles and individuals for marching artistry and execution.
- First in General Effect, recognizing the band’s effectiveness in combined individual and ensemble music and visual performances.
We wish you the best of luck, Hoya Band! Make the rest of proud at Grand Nationals!