1984 Throwback

In today’s throwback I want to take us all the way back to 1984, before Music for All was Music for All. 1984 marked a major turning point in history for this organization. Formerly part of a parent company, BOA separated to become a new self-supporting organization renamed Bands of America. This was also the year when Scott McCormick became executive director and when BOA filed for not-for-profit status.

But this photo we have chosen for today’s throwback represents yet another big event in Bands of America history.

1984 was also the year when Grand Nationals moved to the newly completed Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN. This photo features Norwin High School (PA) who were the 1984 Open Class Champions. They placed 2nd overall with a score of 90.85.
Do you have memories of marching in the Hoosier Dome!? Share them with us in the comments!

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.