I was a 7th grader in marching band (yes we marched 7th graders), and we were come off our 4th state championship. We had beat our rival all year and took down some big names in our state, falling only to 3 bands all season. We won regionals and came into semis thinking we had it in the bag. Warm-up went per the usual, but when we got to the field something happened. We had gotten a little too cocky and sure of ourselves and the impending state title, and mother nature said "not today!" The wind picked up which hadn't happened during any performance that day before or after us, and being a smaller band of 66 members total, carried our sound with it. We placed 4th in prelims...
Music 1 - 8th
Music 2 - 7th
Visual 1 - 2nd
Visual 2 - 4th
Music Effect - 1st
Visual Effect - 2nd
Thankfully our state takes 4 in each class to finals, and we had made it in by half a point. We lost captions that we had been sweeping all year long against bands 3 times our size.
Finals starts and we go on last in our class at 7:45. Our director had reemed us for the 3 hours between semis and finals, saying how we deserved to be better to ourselves because we deserved better period. Our rival was one of the biggest names in Class A BOA currently, and were standing on the sidelines in the endzone to watch us as is common courtesy in our state for the band who performs right after you. After the entire crowd of around 14,000 people jumps to their feet on our horns down, they knew they were about to lose for the 2nd year in a row.
Standing in finals retreat we all held hands, and offered hands to our rival but they refused, and the announcer pauses for what seems like a lifetime, which in reality was only around 30 seconds, before announcing 2nd place. We had came back from a 3.7 deficit to win our schools 5th state title and last.
Our program hit hard times a few years back, but is back on the upswing and I couldn't be more proud of the current kids having made finals the last 3 years for the first time since 2007. If anyone wants to see a video of our last championshio, let me know and I'll send it through message to avoid copyrights.