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
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 2017 2008 2009 2001 St. Louis 1997 1995 1996
2018   2010 2011 2002 St. Louis 1998 1997 1998
  2013 2013 2003 St. Louis 1999 1999 2000
BOA National Concert 2014 2015 2004 St. Louis 2002 2001 2002
Band Festival 2016 2017 2004 Atlanta 2003 2003 2004
2008 2020 2018 2019 2005 St. Louis 2004 2005 2006
2019   2006 St. Louis 2005 2007 2008
2007 St. Louis 2006 2009 2010
Tournament of Roses Parade 2008 St. Louis 2007 2011 2012
2009 2013 2017 2021 2009 St. Louis 2008 2013 2014
2010 St. Louis 2009 2015 2016
2011 St. Louis 2010 2017 2018
2013 St. Louis 2011 2019  
2013 Atlanta 2012    
2014 St. Louis 2013 Sudler Shield
2015 St. Louis 2014 1998 2008
2016 St. Louis 2015 2015
2017 St. Louis 2016  
2018 St. Louis 2017 Midwest Clinic
2019 Orlando 2018 2015 2016
2019 St. Louis 2019

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. DuncanDirector


(Years Unknown)


(Years Unknown)

Vollie North


Richard Steele

1939 – 1942

Willard JohnsonDirector

Louise Hudson


Fred Gesin

Director of Bands

Aaron Townsend

Director of Bands

Jack Walker

Director of Bands

Harold HanceDirector of Bands

Paris York

Director of Bands

Glen Matthews

Director of Bands

Dee Hood

Director of Bands

W.L. Whaley

Coordinator of
Instrumental Music

Ken GrassCo-Director

Coordinator of
Instrumental Music

Philip Brooks


Tom Stout


Coordinator of
Instrumental Music

Scott TomlinsonCo-Director

Director of Bands

Aaron Bryan

Associate Director of Bands

James Stephens

Associate Director of Bands

Kelli Pence

Associate Director of Bands

Darrin Davis


Director of Bands

Contact Us

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

(918) 259-8550

1901 E. Albany
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

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