Today I nearly forgot about Throwback Thursday. It was a day full of writing and formatting our e-newsletter and spending way too much time looking at lines of code to make sure everything was just right (by the way- keep a look out for your September e-newsletter hitting your email Saturday morning!)

But the good news is, I remembered. Throwback Thursday is probably one of my favorite things to do- so I didn’t mind having to quickly skim through a few piles of photos I pulled from an archive box last week.

As I was flipping through photos- this one made me pause right away. There was something about the faces in this photo that just drew me in.

Plymouth Canton 1990This is Plymouth Centennial Education Park (Plymouth-Canton, Michigan) in 1990 after they were announced as the Grand National Champions. Under the direction of Glen Adsit, they came in first place with a score of 95.35

So what strikes me about this photo?

It’s so familiar. When I saw this photo I couldn’t help but smile. The happiness on their faces just jumps out at you.  I’ve seen those looks before.

carmelDo you see what I mean? This is a photo of the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds after they were announced as the 2012 Grand National Champions. 22 years between these photos. But the look on their faces is the same: pure joy.

Uniform styles change, hairstyles definitely change- but the joy felt when you are a Bands of America Grand National Champion is timeless!

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Do you have a BOA memory from 1990? Share it with us in the comments!


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.