Broken Arrow High School Band Returns Home A Winner From National Competition

Sunday, November 13th 2011, 11:08 pm
By: News On 6

A group of Oklahoma's Own brought home more than bragging rights from a national band competition. Hundreds gathered to greet the Pride of Broken Arrow High School Marching Band when they arrived back home Sunday evening.

The Pride of Broken Arrow took first place out of 93 schools Saturday at the Band Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The competition featured top ranked high school bands from across the country. Band members arrived home Sunday night to a warm welcome.

"You're sitting there and your hearts racing,' because they always of course dramatize it up, and make sure there's a long pause before they announce first," said Matthew Aschkenas, drum major.

Broken Arrow took 1st, Union High School 6th and Owasso High School 7th, respectively.

This is the first time that 3 Oklahoma high school marching bands advanced to the prestigious top 12 finals competition.