Rosemount earns top finish at regional marching band contest

Marching band places sixth in finals at St. Louis


Rosemount High School’s marching band had another top finish at the Bands of America competition in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Dave Andrews

Rosemount High School’s marching band placed sixth at the Bands of America Super Regional Band Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., this weekend.

In the preliminary round, the band placed first in the enrollment-based Class 3A and earned caption awards in Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.

For placing among the top 14 scoring bands in each of the four classifications, the Marching Irish advanced to the finals Oct. 20.

Band Director Steve Olsen said the group presented two high-level performances and its best of the season.

“High-level competition pushes everyone to raise the bar and strive for higher levels of performance excellence,” Olsen said.

Olsen said there were several outstanding and past BOA-finalist bands that did not qualify for the finals.

Rosemount finished behind five schools that have previously been Grand National finalists.

Following the finals performance, Olsen said it was a profound and very poignant experience.

“Euphoria, pride, outpouring of love and affection for each other (seeing teenagers drenched in perspiration all hugging each other), exuberant happiness, excitement, tears of joy, and the gamut of emotions being expressed as they proudly acknowledged each other and what they have accomplished together,” Olsen said.

He said he was impressed with the support the band received from the number of family members and friends who made the trip.

“The enthusiastic and classy support of your kids, and this band program, is profoundly empowering of the student performers and deeply appreciated by all of us,” Olsen said.

He said the greeting band members received at the hotel after their performance was especially inspiring.

“Seeing the Rosemount kids faces as they walked through the cheering gauntlet of fans to enter their hotel, wearing their championship medals and huge smiles on all of their proud faces – this was truly priceless,” Olsen said.

For placing first in Class 3A, band members were awarded medals during an Olympic-style ceremony.

Rosemount earned the highest placement of any Minnesota or upper Midwest band. This is the eighth consecutive year that Rosemount has earned finals status.

The event featured 58 bands from 14 different states.

BOA operates 12 regional marching band competitions around the country, and the St. Louis Super Regional event is the largest outside of the Grand Nationals held in late November.