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Franklin Band to Host Sonic Boom! Marching Band Competition Oct. 2

The Franklin Band, seven-time state marching band champion and 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Shield Award, will host Sonic Boom! a marching band competition in partnership with The Home Depot, on Saturday, October 2, at Howard Gamble Stadium at Franklin High School (810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN). 

The event begins at 4 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate (children 5 and under free). Parking is free.

Fifteen marching bands from Tennessee and Alabama will compete for top honors in the categories of Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual, and Outstanding General Effect.  Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles will also be awarded, in addition to Class A, Class AA, and Class AAA trophies. 

Bands from the following high schools will compete this year:

Jo Byrns High School

Hendersonville High School

Centennial High School 

Cascade High School

John Overton High School

Fred J. Page High School

White House Heritage High School

Adamsville High School

Green Hill High School

Muscle Shoals High School 

Tullahoma High School

Brentwood High School

Fairview High School

DeKalb County High School

Ravenwood High School


The Franklin Band will perform its 2021 show, “Lucy!” in exhibition at the close of the competition.  

About The Franklin Band

The Franklin Band is a seven-time Tennessee marching band Grand Champion, earning the Governor’s Cup for this distinction. The Franklin Band is also a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Shield, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to high school, youth, and international marching bands of world-class excellence. The band’s performance highlights include the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

A proud Bands of America contestant, Franklin has ranked in the top 15 bands nationwide at the BOA Grand Nationals Championship in Indianapolis, where they also cinched 2nd place in Class AAA on three occasions. Earlier this year, The Franklin High School Winter Guard took first place at the 2021 SCGC (Southeastern Color Guard Circuit) Tennessee Championships. 

Seven of Franklin’s ensembles have been invited to perform at the Music For All National Festival–Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble (2013), Chamber Music Ensemble (2015), Percussion Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet (2017), and Flute Ensemble and Trombone Ensemble (2019).  Franklin’s Wind Ensemble also performed the 2017 Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame Induction Concert at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference.  

The Franklin Band is under the direction of Jacob Campos and Briana Vogt, assisted by Mike Leitzke, Levi Brandenburg, Michael Horvath, and Brad Klemmensen.

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.