Past Honors

2006, 2011, & 2015 Bands of America Grand National Champion

BOA Grand National Finalist BOA Grand National
Semi Finalist
BOA Regional Finalist OBA Oklahoma State
Marching Champions
Presidential
Inaugural Parade
1998 1999 2003 2005 1994 Atlanta 1981 1993 2005
2000 2001 1996 Denton 1982
2006 2007 BOA Regional Champions 1997 St. Louis 1983 OSSAA OK Sweepstakes
2008 2009 1997 1998 1998 St. Louis 1984 1989 1990
2010 2011 1999 2002 1999 Atlanta 1987 1991 1992
2012 2014 2003 2007 2000 St. Louis 1991 1993 1994
2015 2008 2009 2001 St. Louis 1997 1995 1996
BOA National Concert 2010 2011 2002 St. Louis 1998 1997 1998
Band Festival 2012 2013 2003 St. Louis 1999 1999 2000
2008 2014 2015 2004 St. Louis 2002 2001 2002
2004 Atlanta 2003 2003 2004
Tournament of Roses Parade: 2009 & 2013 2005 St. Louis 2004 2005 2006
2006 St. Louis 2005 2007 2008
2007 St. Louis 2006 2009 2010
2008 St. Louis 2007 2011 2012
2009 St. Louis 2008 2013 2014
2010 St. Louis 2009 2015
2011 St. Louis 2010
2013 St. Louis 2011 Sudler Shield
2013 Atlanta 2012 1999 2009
2014 St. Louis 2013
2015 St. Louis 2014

The Broken Arrow Band program was founded in 1929 and over the years has developed a tradition of musical excellence. The band program has been and remains “a work in progress.” Under its current structure, the Broken Arrow Band program consists of five middle schools, a Freshman Academy, and one High School. The High School and Freshman Academy consist of eight concert bands that meet daily and focus only on concert repertoire.

The concert bands in Broken Arrow have long been a driving force in the overall music program. With more than 100 Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association Sweepstakes Awards, they are recognized as among the top bands in the country. In 2008, the Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. The various concert bands and jazz ensembles have performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Convention on many occasions and often appear in regional and national concert band and jazz festivals. Broken Arrow’s band program also has produced numerous state champion jazz ensembles, winter guards, percussion ensembles and an abundance of district and state superior- rated solos and chamber ensembles. In 2014, the Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble made its inaugural concert appearance in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. The Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic’s International Band & Orchestra Conference in Chicago in December of 2015.

Broken Arrow’s marching band, The Pride of Broken Arrow, is a volunteer organization that is open for audition to wind band students in the 9th through 12th grades. The Pride of Broken Arrow marching band is an extracurricular activity, with 100% of the rehearsal time held outside of the school day. The Pride performs at home and away football games as well as at various state, regional and national marching band competitions. Broken Arrow’s marching band has a rich heritage and an extensive pedigree of state and national awards including 13 consecutive and 22 overall OBA State Marching Band Championships, as of June 2015. The Broken Arrow marching band appeared in the 2009 and 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade and was a recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield in 1998 and 2009. As a representative of the State of Oklahoma, the Pride performed in Presidential Inaugural Parades for President William Jefferson Clinton (1993) and President George W. Bush (2005). The band is also a consistent finalist and Grand Champion at numerous Bands of America Regional Championships. The Pride of Broken Arrow is honored to have been named the Bands of America Fan Favorite at two Grand National Championships and the Esprit de Corps recipient in 1998 and 2010. Broken Arrow is an 12-time Grand National Finalist and is the 2006 and 2011 Bands of America Grand National Champion.

In addition to the work of the staff and students, the program recognizes their parent organization as the strength behind the band. The Broken Arrow Band Parent Association is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and talented adults who work toward a common goal of providing life-changing experiences for their children. The Broken Arrow Band Program with the assistance of the Band Parent Association annually hosts world-class events such as the Drums of Summer DCI competition and the Broken Arrow Invitational marching band competition, which attracts high school bands throughout the nation.

The Broken Arrow bands enjoy rich traditions and great support from parents, school administrators and the community. Each student, instructor and parent volunteer in the organization understands that they are but temporary stewards of the program and as such, they must diligently protect what has been entrusted to them. They firmly believe it is the journey that make the difference and the growth attained through the process is more important that any product that may result.

Past High School Band Directors: Since Established in 1929

F.A. Duncan

Director
1929

Hart

Director
(Years Unknown)

Logan

Director
(Years Unknown)

Vollie North

Director
1937-1938

Richard Steele

Director
1939 – 1942

Willard Johnson

Director
1943

Louise Hudson

Director
1944

Fred Gesin

Director of Bands
1945-1961

Aaron Townsend

Director of Bands
1962-1963

Jack Walker

Director of Bands
1964

Harold Hance

Director of Bands
1965-1972

Paris York

Director of Bands
1967-1972

Glen Matthews

Director of Bands
1972-1974

Dee Hood

Director of Bands
1974-1975

W.L. Whaley

Coordinator of
Instrumental Music
1975-1979

Ken Grass

Co-Director
1975-1979

Coordinator of
Instrumental Music
1979-1987

Philip Brooks

Co-Director
1987-1997

Tom Stout

Co-Director
1979-1987

Coordinator of
Instrumental Music
1987-2003

Scott Tomlinson

Co-Director
1997-2003

Director of Bands
2003-2009

Aaron Bryan

Associate Director of Bands
2009-2011

James Stephens

Associate Director of Bands
2011-2014

Kelli Pence

Associate Director of Bands
2014-Present

Darrin Davis

Co-Director
2003-2009

Director of Bands
2009-Present

Contact Us

Visit the staff page for a listing of staff members and their email addresses.

(918) 259-8550

info@brokenarrowpride.com

1901 E. Albany
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

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