MACBDA

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The Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association (MACBDA), founded in 1972, is one of the few remaining summer marching band competition circuits in America. The association includes 5 member bands and consists of two classes of bands, with a range of 20 members to 120 members. The MACBDA competition season begins in mid June and includes 15 events across Illinois, Wisconsin, and in Traverse City, Michigan, for the Cherryland Band Classic during Traverse City's annual National Cherry Festival. The 2016 finals was in Whitewater at Perkins stadium.[1][2]


History[edit]

MACBDA was founded in 1972 by a group of Midwest high school band directors who wanted a summer competition circuit, similar to what drum corps were doing at the time. A summer season was preferable to the usual fall high school marching band season, as temperatures in the upper midwest were too cold for marching band. It also kept students practicing and playing their instruments over the summer school break. In its prime during the 70s and 80s, up to 30 member bands competed for 6-8 weeks in shows across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota. Prior to 1991, bands competed in concert band, street parade, and field show; often doing all three events on the same day. An overall champion was decided on combined scores from all three events. Today, only 5 bands are left, with competition in field show only; although some contests may have a separate parade event.

Membership[edit]

Bands are sponsored by a school, school district, or city, and can take members from multiple schools in their area. All band members must have been in high school (or middle school) in the school year that just ended prior to the summer. This makes it possible for students who have just graduated to compete the summer after graduation. Bands are divided into classes based on total band membership, and enrollment in the school(s) that sponsor them. Currently the two classes are Open (the largest), and A, for smaller schools. In past years, there was a third class, AA, for intermediate sized bands, larger than A but not advanced enough for Open class.

Schedule[edit]

Most bands start rehearsing their music in the winter prior to the season. Spring training sessions start as soon as the weather is warm enough, where the bands review basic marching skills and start to learn the field show. Some bands may host a mini-camp during spring break. Band camp is typically as soon as school is over in early June, lasting from 3-7 days depending on the band.

Competitions take place from mid-June until mid-July, culminating in the finals the second or third weekend in July. The circuit championships move on a three-year-rotation from Canada, to Traverse City, MI, to the Southern Wisconsin / Northern Illinois area. During competition season, bands may play 2-4 shows a week, with rehearsals on non-show days.

Staff[edit]

The president of MACBDA is Ian Melrose, of the Sound of Sun Prairie. The vice-president of MACBDA is Rex Rakuvina, of the Lighthouse Brigade of Racine. The treasurer is Mark Davison, of the Sound of Sun Prairie.

Current Members[edit]

  • Calgary Stampede Show Band, Calgary, AB
  • Lighthouse Brigade, Racine, WI
  • Lutheran Vanguard, Appleton, WI
  • Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI
  • Green Beret, Janesville, WI

Results[edit]

Year Finals location Open Class / Class AAA Class A / Class AA Class A
2016 Whitewater, WI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI  ? n/a
2015  ? Shadow Armada, Oregon, WI  ? n/a
2014  ? Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI  ? n/a
2013  ? Shadow Armada, Oregon, WI Green Beret, Janesville, WI n/a
2012  ? Shadow Armada, Oregon, WI Green Beret, Janesville, WI n/a
2011 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary, Alberta, Canada  ? n/a
2010  ? Shadow Armada, Oregon, WI Green Beret, Janesville, WI n/a
2009[3] Traverse City, MI Oregon High School, Oregon, WI CYO Emerald Knights, Kenosha, WI n/a
2008[4] Traverse City, MI Oregon High School, Oregon, WI Saskatoon Lions, Saskatoon n/a
2007[5] Calgary, Alberta, Canada Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Green Beret, Janesville, WI n/a
2006[6] Sun Prairie, WI Lighthouse Brigade, Racine, WI Renegade Regiment, Sandwich, IL Warren Junior Military Band, Warren, OH
2005[7] Traverse City, MI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Renegade Regiment, Sandwich, IL Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
2004[8] Traverse City, MI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI n/a Renegade Regiment, Sandwich, IL
2003[9] Regina, SK Pride of the Lions, Regina, SK n/a Renegade Regiment, Sandwich, IL
2002[10] Traverse City, MI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Crimson Express, Murphysboro, IL Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
2001[11] Traverse City, MI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Crimson Express, Murphysboro, IL Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
2000[12] Racine, WI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI n/a Green Beret, Janesville, WI
1999[13] Traverse City, MI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Rocori Spartans, Cold Spring, MN Endmonton Crusaders, Edmonton, AB
1998[14] Whitewater, WI Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Rocori Spartans, Cold Spring, MN Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
1997[15] Freeport, IL Pride of the Lions, Regina, SK Rocori Spartans, Cold Spring, MN Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
1996[16] Regina, SK Pride of the Lions, Regina, SK Edmonton Crusaders, Edmonton, AB Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
1995  ?  ?  ?  ?
1994[17] Racine, WI Oregon High School, Oregon, WI Rocori Spartans, Cold Spring, MN Green Beret, Janesville, WI
1993[18] Traverse City, MI Warren Junior Military Band, Warren, OH  ?  ?
1992[19] Racine, WI Pride of the Lions, Regina, SK n/a Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL

Prior to 1991, the MACBDA Champion was based on an overall score of concert band, street parade, and field show

Year Open Class Class AA Class A
1990[20] Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI Oregon High School, Oregon, WI Dakota Marching Indians, Dakota, IL
1989 Band of the Black Watch, Kenosha, WI Oregon High School, Oregon, WI Newman Pride, Newman, IL
1988 Band of the Black Watch, Kenosha, WI
1987 Sound of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI
1986 Band of the Black Watch, Kenosha, WI R Troop, Romeoville, IL
1985 Band of the Black Watch, Kenosha, WI R Troop, Romeoville, IL
1984 The Lake Band, Milwaukee, WI
1983 Band of the Black Watch, Kenosha, WI
1982 Crystal Lake Heraldry Guard, Crystal Lake, IL
1981 Dundee Scots, Dundee, IL
1980 Dundee Scots, Dundee, IL
1979[21] Crystal Lake Heraldry Guard, Crystal Lake, IL

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