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Post by thewho on Aug 12, 2021 23:57:06 GMT -6
I’m talking about bands like Ayala, Vista Murrieta, Homestead, Winston-Salem etc etc especially when it’s known they spend a lot to go to nationals with much less of a guarantee of making finals. It must be a very costly decision to prioritize BOA especially when there aren’t that many contests nearby.
I hear good things about bands like Grants Pass and James Logan but they seem to not care much for BOA at all and focus on local circuits.
The other “Out Of Nowhere” bands don’t seem to have an alternative to BOA (Clovis + American Fork) it just seems that they’ve for lack of a better term “Outgrown” their circuits
It 100% is. hostrauser can explain the intricacies between WBA and BOA better than I would, but the gist of it is while similar, there are enough differences the circuits for WBA bands to get held back a bit more show design-wise. While BOA evolved in the Midwest (and Texas later on) prominently, the same like-minded people out in California grew in a different direction. Heck, even NorCal and Socal band cultures/philosophy are two totally different things completely.
Also, BOA has loooooong struggled with securing venues out West. I have never seen them be able to secure a venue in California up until a month before the regional starts. In some cases, the location of the site is awful enough that some bands that might've thought about it noped out (Bakersfield). It's pretty impressive the extent Ayala and VM go to participate in BOA despite the lack of star treatment in California.
I'm actually pretty intrigued with the recent formation of UMEA and the prospects of the activity in Utah. The sheets seems to suggest a strong BOA influence and the St. George enrollment have been seeing more and more interest from Utah bands dipping in their toes in BOA waters for the first time. American Fork is obviously a massive anomaly and they'll probably sit on the top for the longest time, but there seems to be a promising sign of future contention soon, barring Covid.