Bands of America has a long history of marching band events in Texas. What year and at which location was the first BOA event held in the Lone Star state?

Answer: 1980 Southwestern Regional Championship, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX


1980 was an important year for Bands of America, then Marching Bands of America(MBA). MBA launched the first ever Grand National Championships later that fall in Jacksonville, Florida and also expanded the Regional Championship format to 8 Regionals across the country. The Southwestern Regional Championship was held November 8, 1980 at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University—Commerce.

Our host for this weekend’s Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Dallas-Fort Worth, the Allen Eagle Escadrille, even performed in BOA’s first Texas event! Be sure to check out the 800-member Escadrille and 22 other bands from across the Lone Star state at the beautiful new Allen Eagle Stadium on October 12. Click here for the schedule and additional show information.