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Pride of Broken Arrow wins 2021 Grand National Championship

Posted at 12:50 PM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 14:08:08-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Pride of Broken Arrow capped another successful year with a win at the 2021 Grand National Championship on Saturday.

The marching band, made up of students at Broken Arrow Senior High, North Intermediate and South Intermediate High Schools, placed first in the competition, earning Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.

The Pride earned an overall score of 98.250 which has never been done before in the competition.

This is the school’s fourth national championship competing against thousands of music programs across the country. The last time Broken Arrow won was in 2015.

This victory also comes after a year-off due to the pandemic. Additionally, many of the students had never played in a contest before the national competition; for some members it’s their first year to even play in the band.

“It was definitely a learning experience," says Director of Bands Darrin Davis

"But what was amazing was the commitment the students had for each other, how hard they worked and the passion they have for sharing their gifts.”

The band is holding an encore performance for the public Tuesday at the Broken Arrow High School football stadium. It is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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