Marching Excellence

“The Johnson Band’s appearances at regional and national competitions have produced a powerful response from audiences and judges alike, garnering applause and admiration for its full-throated, rich sound, its imaginative and inspiring presentations, and the high energy and intensity of its young performers.”  
MICHAEL J. CESARIO
Artistic Director, Drum Corps International & Design Director, Fred J. Miller Inc.


Excellence in marching 

CTJ performing at the BOA West Texas Regional Championship The Claudia Taylor Johnson Marching Band performs its finals run at the Bands of America West Texas Regional Championship on October 14, 2017. CTJ won the event with a finals score of 90.20.
   
CTJ's 2014 Bands of America trophies Entering its 13th season, the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Marching Band has grown to more than 350 members and state and national prominence as one of the finest marching bands — establishing a reputation for quality, innovation, and excitement. Each season brings a new and different challenge, but as each season’s results demonstrate, Claudia Taylor Johnson has become a consistent finalist, caption winner, and championship contender in competition.

In 2020, Johnson won the Texas UIL 6A State Marching Championship — the capstone event of a pandemic-shortened marching season but a culmination of a great four-year marching effort by the CTJ senior class. Also, Johnson was named the most outstanding band at the Judson Rocket Review, awarded sweepstakes ratings at UIL Region competition, and won the UIL Area competition.

In 2019, CTJ made its third trip to the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, where the band was named a finalist and finished sixth nationally out of more than 100 bands in attendance.

In 2018, Johnson won the Bands of America South Texas and Austin Regional Championships to extend a streak of BOA championship first-place finishes to five consecutive and eight BOA championships overall. Later in the season, Johnson placed fifth at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional — its eighth consecutive Top Five finish in that event, tying the record set by Marcus (2005-2012).  CTJ was awarded “Sweepstakes” Division 1 ratings at the 2018 Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region 12 Marching Contest and finished third at the UIL Area D contest to advance to the UIL 6A State Marching Contest at the Alamodome, where CTJ finished in seventh place.

In 2017, Johnson capped off its season by winning the BOA San Antonio Super Regional with a record finals run score of 96.625. It was the third BOA regional championship of the season. CTJ also won the Austin Regional and the West Texas Regional in Midland, and
was the Class AAAAAA champion at the 34th Rough Rider Marching Contest.

In 2016, Johnson traveled to the BOA Grand Nationals, finishing ninth overall in its second Grand National finals appearance. Johnson was named a finalist in all four Bands of America competitions on its 2016 schedule.

In the five-year span comprised of the 2014 through 2018 marching seasons, only one program in the nation, Carmel (Ind.), with nine, won more BOA championships than CTJ’s eight BOA championships. The next closest marching bands are Broken Arrow (Okla.) and Tarpon Springs (Fla.), with six each.

Additionally, Johnson finished in the Top Five in 19 out of the past 20 BOA regional, super regional, or grand nationals events, between the beginning of the 2012 marching season through the 2018 BOA San Antonio Super Regional. CTJ was also the bronze medalist at the 2014 UIL State Marching Contest.
Click on the images below to view the competition results for that year; at the bottom of this page is a listing of CTJ’s top scores in BOA competition:

2019 The Circle of Life

2018 Marching Season


CTJ All-Time BOA Scores

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