Special Edition: Jaguar Band News

BOA Waco: By Parents, for Parents

Things you would want to know...

  • You are welcome to send your student with snacks and money. You are also welcome to purchase food items for them. Just remember that band and guard members eat only when they are NOT in uniform.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a blanket and pillow on long trips!
  • Any electronic device that provides audio will be permitted only with earphones.
  • There will be plenty of opportunities for you to take pictures of your child AFTER they compete. Directors just ask that when they are in "competition mode" (i.e. if they are walking in twos or getting ready for warm-up or competition) that you do not call out their names and ask them to pose. This is why we have volunteer photographers. They have rules they follow to not disturb the band while they are in "competition mode" and they have lenses that allow them not to be so close to the students while they are in this mode.
  • Contrary to last year, BOA will be hosting a "retreat" again. This is when all of the finalists line up on the field for awards. It is an amazing sight.
  • Please continue to respect 'team moments' such as when the directors are speaking to the students or the SLT are conducting the PRIDE yell.
  • Saturday will be a long day. Make sure your student is hydrating well on Friday!
  • Friendly reminder that the boosters no longer provide medications such as Tylenol or Benadryl. If you believe your student may be in need of these items, please have them pack it. Students should not share medications.
  • Can't make it to Waco? Check out the livestream information at the bottom of this newsletter!

Moe and Gene Johnson HS: Competition Day Schedules

Mr. Lucita will send out the JHS band BOA Waco schedule. He usually sends it out the week of the event. As you will see from the Daily and Prelims schedules linked below, it will be another late night. Barring any emergencies, we anticipate returning to JHS around 1:30/2am.

Upon arrival at JHS, students will still need to put away instruments and properly turn in their uniforms. Boosters can always use help unloading the Gold instrument trailer and/or turning in uniforms! The more help, the faster it is all done! Please feel free to walk on up and jump in! None of it is hard and we are always happy to help!

BOA Waco Competition Schedules

Daily schedule

Prelims schedule

Moe and Gene JHS perform at 1:45pm

*Finals schedule will be released after Prelim awards

BOA letter to booster parents

Attending BOA Waco? Find important information and links HERE. Important notes are highlighted below.

Merchandise: Shirts, Patches & more...

BOA will have merchandise for sale at the event. You can also order online.



There is no charge for spectator parking at the Waco Regional Championship. Please arrive early and allow extra time to get to the stadium, especially during peak times. Refer to the Important Event Procedures document for further details.

NOTE – there are other large-scale events on the same day, in Waco, that may cause traffic delays. Please do NOT park in any grass areas.

Photography & Videography

  • First, yes, our amazing JHS volunteer photographers will be taking pictures at Waco!
  • Jolesch Enterprises will be on-site action photos on the field level and awards photos. Ordering information is available online at joleschenterprises.com.
  • Use of cameras of any kind is NOT ALLOWED on the field (field, sidelines, stadium floor) for any BOA event.
  • Still cameras (digital or film, professional or otherwise) are allowed in the stadium and may be used from stadium seating, but not on the field.
  • Tripods and similar equipment that may obstruct the view of others in seating areas are not allowed.
  • The issuance of a “Field Pass” or other non-Media BOA Credential does not include the right to use a camera on the field. Pass holders must go into stadium spectator seating to use their camera.

  • Due to United States copyright laws, it is unlawful to create recordings without permission from the copyright holder(s). An exception is for an “educational copy” that cannot be professionally recorded and is to be used solely by the teachers and students for review.
  • Bands of America will provide ONE “Educational Videographer” badge at Band Check-In for each group. An educational videographer badge must be accompanied by either a ticket, field pass or credential to gain entrance into the stadium to film.
  • Educational Videographers may use any public area in the general seating. BOA is unable to provide access to the Press Boxes, Suite Level, etc. for educational copies.
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Meal Plans: Take Note!

Picnic Location (See Site Overview map)

• Designated Picnic Areas are available.

• Please remind your students to appropriately dispose of their trash.

• Eating is NOT allowed outside of vehicles in the bus/truck parking areas.

• Outside food and beverages are NOT allowed to be brought into the stadium.

• The stadium will be cleared and concessions will be closed during the dinner break between Prelims and Finals.

Pit Crew: Take Note!

  • When you first arrive at McLane Stadium, your buses and trucks will access the parking lots from South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Please enter via Gate 3.
  • Name badges and field passes are ONLY valid for flow areas and field access during your band’s scheduled times. Name badges and field passes allow entrance into the stadium concourse and spectator general admission seating areas. Name badges and field passes must be visible at all times.
  • Field passes are not tradable and may not be shared with other participating bands. The use of field passes will be monitored, and penalties assessed for abuse of the rules.
  • Field Passes for Finalist Bands will be distributed at the Finalist Director Meeting.
  • NO picture taking or recording from the field!
  • Gate Dimensions and Stadium Flow: The performance entrance/exit gate is 18’ wide with no height restriction.
  • Instrument Repair • BOA strives to secure a local music store to serve as the official music store for the event and provide onsite instrument repair service. More details will be available at Band Check-In. In cases where BOA cannot contract a music store, a small instrument repair kit and limited number of loaner instruments will be available.



BOA will provide an on-site medical crew throughout the duration of the event.

Bag Policy

Bands of America encourages spectators to not bring bags into venues. Clear bags and emergency bags will be permitted. • Bag policies are effective to expedite entry into venues and provide additional safety. • Spectators will be allowed to bring items such as cameras, provided they are not in cases that would violate the bag policy at that venue.

Event Merchandise

PepWear is the official Bands of America merchandise provider and will be on-site at each BOA Fall Championship. Online shopping is also available at shop.musicforall.org.


All 2022 Bands of America Championships will be live streamed on BOALIVE.TV, powered by BOX5 Media. Viewers can choose pay-per-view to watch one event, or a subscription for the best value to watch the entire BOA season.


Bands of America will post photos, videos, and updates from each show this fall and we would love for you, your students, and your band's fans to join the conversation. Encourage your band to follow Music for All and Bands of America on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so they don't miss any of the action. Use #BOA2022 all season long and help promote music education in your community.

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