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The Pride of Broken Arrow brings home fourth national championship

Shortly after the final music notes resonated through Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Pride of Broken Arrow secured a national title Saturday evening. This is the fourth national title for the Pride, with the first occurrence taking place in 2006, the second in 2011 and the third in 2015.

“The student musicians in the Pride of Broken Arrow, and the band directors led by Darrin Davis are quite simply put, incredible,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Vinson said. “Watching their finals performance in Indianapolis, band parents and supporters get to see the magnificence of the finished product, flawless and seemingly effortless. However, what we all know in BA is that this group didn’t reach this point of excellence by luck. They work 10-hour days in the summer, and most evenings and weekends throughout the fall striving for perfection. What they exemplify is an embodiment of integrity and grit that is at the heart of Broken Arrow. That is what makes them the Pride, and that is why we are so proud that they are the 2021 Grand National Champions.”

With a score of 98.25 and the highest score in competition history, the Pride won the Bands of America Grand National championships under the direction of Darrin Davis with an intense performance of “The Edge of Eternity.”

Broken Arrow was one of only three Oklahoma bands to make it to Grand Nationals this year, alongside Mustang and Collinsville.

Stay tuned later this week for a full story from the ArrowVision video team, who was there to capture it all.