Western Band Association

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The Western Band Association (WBA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes high school music education in California, Arizona and Nevada. Specifically, the WBA organizes many marching band competitions for high school students. Its championships event is considered to be the second-largest single marching contest in the country.[1]

In addition to marching band events, WBA also organizes concert band festivals, symposia, and musical and leadership clinics. In 2008, over 12,000 students in 133 bands performed in WBA events in multiple competitions hosted throughout the state.[1]

History[edit]

The Western Band Association was started in January 1979 by marching band directors from five Northern and Central California high schools: Mike Rubino (Live Oak High School), Ramiro Barrera (James Logan High School), Dan Smith (Independence High School), Gary Runsten (Modesto High School) and Mel Stratton (Clovis High School).

In 1984, Gary Gilroy (Moreau High School) coined the name "WSMBC" Western States Marching Band Conference, which would later be shortened to WBA by Ramiro Barrera (James Logan High School) in 2002. The first WSMBC Championship was held in conjunction with the 1984 Music Bowl Prelims at James Logan High School. In 1995, John Hannan (Mission Viejo High School) helped expand the organization's efforts to include Southern California bands as well.

In recent years[when?], bands have also competed under the "WBA" banner from nearby states, including Washington, Oregon, and Nevada. The scoring system also grew to become a two-tiered criteria based curriculum designed for bands of various size memberships, assuring that the small band would have the same opportunity as the large band to achieve a high score measuring their unique orchestration and design options.

In 2006, the competition schedule has grown to offer consecutive contests in each of the three Regions (Northern, Central and Southern California) helping to alleviate the costs of travel for the bands.

In 2012, James Logan High School and Ayala High School tied for first place at the WBA Championships, with both scoring 93.40. However, the tie was broken based on Ayala's General Effect score. The tiebreaker settled Ayala as the WBA Champions.

Scoring system[edit]

Each individual judge is assigned to a specific caption (Individual and Ensemble Music, Individual and Ensemble Visual, General Effect, Auxiliary, and Percussion). Each judge can award a maximum of 200 points, or 20% of the overall score.

Awards are released by division. The band with the highest award points for each caption per division is awarded a caption award, while the band with the most overall points in each division is awarded first place-prize. The band with most points in A/AA/AAA combined classes and AAAA/AAAAA combined classes are awarded a "sweepstakes award", with that band removed from the rankings of their class; the next band in placement in that class is moved to "first place" and so on (only for that class). Each competition will have two Sweepstakes winners, one each for A/AA/AAA and AAAA/AAAAA.

Marching band circuit[edit]

The WBA organizes a marching band circuit with competitions held throughout October and November leading up to the circuit championship competition. The circuit currently has five divisions:

  • Class A: Bands with up to 60 members
  • Class AA: Bands with up to 80 members
  • Class AAA: Bands with up to 100 members
  • Class AAAA: Bands with up to 140 members
  • Class AAAAA: Bands with any number of members
    • Prior to 2004, there were only four divisions. The original Class AA was expanded to two classes, now AA and AAA. AAA and AAAA became the current AAAA and AAAAA classes. Prior to this (before 2000), WBA had A-60, A-90, AA, and AAA as the classifications.

Class champions at the WBA Championships are determined at the conclusion of preliminary competition at championships. After prelims, the bands then move on to one of two finals competitions: the A/AA/AAA Championship and the AAAA/AAAAA Championship. The top three bands from each division move on to their respective championship and the remaining field is filled by the next highest scoring bands.

The Finals field is composed of:

  • The top 3 bands from each of Class A, AA, and AAA, then the next highest 6 bands from those 3 classifications combined (regardless of class and score) for a total of 15 bands in finals.
  • The top three bands from each of Class AAAA and AAAAA, then the next highest 9 bands from those 2 classifications combined (regardless of class and score) for a total of 15 bands in finals.

Class champions

Year Class A Class AA Class AAA Class AAAA Class AAAAA
2000 Riverbank H.S. Trabuco Hills H.S. Buchanan H.S. James Logan H.S. - -
2001 Buena H.S. Live Oak H.S. Buchanan H.S. James Logan H.S. - -
2002 Gilroy H.S. Bullard H.S. Buchanan H.S. James Logan H.S. - -
2003 Newbury Park H.S. Valley Christian H.S. El Toro H.S. Clovis West H.S. - -
2004 Modesto H.S. Live Oak H.S. Valley View H.S. Cerritos H.S. James Logan H.S.
2005 Newbury Park H.S. Live Oak H.S. Fred C. Beyer H.S. Trabuco Hills H.S. James Logan H.S.
2006 Newbury Park H.S. Independence H.S. Fred C. Beyer H.S. Nogales H.S. James Logan H.S.
2007 Live Oak H.S. Independence H.S. Fred C. Beyer H.S. Fountain Valley H.S. James Logan H.S.
2008 Live Oak H.S. Madera South H.S. Fred C. Beyer H.S. El Diamante H.S. James Logan H.S.
2009 Live Oak H.S. Valley Christian H.S. Los Alamitos H.S. Trabuco Hills H.S. James Logan H.S.
2010 Live Oak H.S. Clovis North H.S. Los Alamitos H.S. El Diamante H.S. James Logan H.S.
2011 Damien H.S. Clovis North H.S. Basha H.S. Granite Bay H.S. Ayala H.S.
2012 Damien H.S. Live Oak H.S Trabuco Hills H.S El Diamante H.S. Ayala H.S.
2013 Damien H.S. Cerritos H.S. Nogales H.S El Diamante H.S. Upland H.S.

Class A/AA/AAA (formerly class A/AA) sweepstakes champions

Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Host City
2000 Trabuco Hills H.S. Clayton Valley H.S. Valley Christian H.S. Stockton, CA
2001 Live Oak H.S. Aliso Niguel H.S. Bullard H.S. Fresno, CA
2002 Live Oak H.S. Bullard H.S. Aliso Niguel H.S. Chula Vista, CA
2003 Valley Christian H.S. Bullard H.S. Aliso Niguel H.S. Clovis, CA
2004 Valley Christian H.S. Valley View H.S. Independence H.S. Modesto, CA
2005 Fred C. Beyer H.S. Aliso Niguel H.S. Valley Christian H.S. Lakewood, CA
2006 Fred C. Beyer H.S. Valley Christian H.S. Clovis H.S. Clovis, CA
2007 Fred C. Beyer H.S. Chino Hills H.S. Aliso Niguel H.S. Woodland Hills, CA
2008 Aliso Niguel H.S. Clovis East H.S. Fred C. Beyer H.S. Pleasant Hill, CA
2009 Los Alamitos H.S. Fred C. Beyer H.S. Clovis East H.S. Clovis, CA
2010 Los Alamitos H.S. Valley Christian H.S. Clovis North H.S. Clovis, CA
2011 Basha H.S. Rancho Cucamonga H.S. Valley Christian H.S. Santa Barbara, CA
2012 Trabuco Hills H.S. Rancho Cucamonga H.S. Los Alamitos H.S. Clovis, CA
2013 Clovis North H.S. Nogales H.S. Los Alamitos H.S. Clovis, CA

Class AAAA/AAAAA (formerly class AAA/AAAA) sweepstakes champions

Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Host City
2000 James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Clovis West H.S. Stockton, CA
2001 James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Clovis West H.S. Fresno, CA
2002 James Logan H.S. Ayala H.S. Clovis West H.S. Chula Vista, CA
2003 Mission Viejo H.S. Clovis West H.S. Ayala H.S. Clovis, CA
2004 James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Upland H.S. Pleasant Hill, CA
2005 James Logan H.S. Upland H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Long Beach, CA
2006 James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Ayala H.S. Clovis, CA
2007 James Logan H.S. Upland H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Monterey Park, CA
2008 James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Ayala H.S. Pleasant Hill, CA
2009 James Logan H.S. Ayala H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Clovis, CA
2010 James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Homestead H.S. Clovis, CA
2011 Ayala H.S. James Logan H.S. Upland H.S. Santa Barbara, CA
2012 Ayala H.S. James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Clovis, CA
2013 Upland H.S. James Logan H.S. Mission Viejo H.S. Clovis, CA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grantham, Jon (2009-03-26). "WBA President's report 03/26". Western Band Association. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 

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