Despite the set-backs brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pride of Broken Arrow has continued this season with a commitment to a standard of excellence. They won their 19th straight state championship and will be competing for a national grand championship on Friday, November 12.
A tradition like no other, Broken Arrow band started in 1929 with bands throughout all the middle schools, Freshman Academy and High School. BA has more than 100 sweepstakes awards and has consistently been considered one of the top bands in the nation for years.
The Pride of Broken Arrow consists of ninth through 12th graders that are selected on a try-out basis. Pride practices take place 100 percent outside of school and perform at all home football games.
The list of achievements for Pride grows each year. They have appeared in four rose bowl parades, been awarded 15 BOA Grand National Finalists, 19 BOA Regional Champions, 28 BOA Regional Finalists, 28 Oklahoma State Marching Champions, two Presidential Inaugural Parades, and three Bands of America National Champions.
In 2020 The Pride did not compete in any fall competitions due to Covid-19. Josh Allen (OBA President) states “As all of you know, we find ourselves dealing with a situation that is completely out of our control and very difficult to navigate.”
The BA pride did not travel or practice due to the virus, but BA still had attainable goals. In 2020 Director of Bands, Darrin Davis said, “our fall season will look different, but in no way does it change our intent to provide incredible life experiences for our students through music.”
The event will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana. This could be the Pride’s fourth ever grand national win.
After all the hard work they have definitely earned it. It will be a huge win, especially with them not performing or traveling in 2020.