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Posted: 5:44 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

The Pride of Broken Arrow are national champions

Broken Arrow band celebration
Broken Arrow band celebration

By Rick Couri

It's always been said it's harder to stay at the top than it is to get to the top. It looks like in Broken Arrow they have that conquered. For the second time in five years the Pride of Broken Arrow band won the Bands of America Grand National Championship. BA edged Avon, Indiana for the title Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

BA wasn't the only Tulsa area band to do well. Union high school finished sixth and Owasso came in 7th in what turned out to be a weekend of Oklahoma dominance.

Hear my interview with BA director of bands Darren Davis here.

I decided I had to be there when the buses rolled in Sunday night so I headed to the BA parking lot at 6:30. By the time I arrived the lot was full and the atmosphere was electric. The first order of business was to talk to parents who were waiting for their kids and ask them to describe what that moment was like. "I kept holding my breath and holding my breath" one mother told me. "They got to third and I looked over and my husband was holding his chest" she continued. "Then they announced Avon (high school) was second and I dropped my pen" she finished.

Click here to listen as parents and grandparents describe being there when the Pride took the title.

 A set of grandparents were all smiles as they told me how they saw it. "It was like scary" he began, "we were crying and going yes, yes, yes, yes, yes" his wife piped in. They arrived around 7:30 p.m. led into the parking lot by the Broken Arrow police and fire departments. As fireworks exploded overhead and car horns blared the kids streaming off the buses told me how they had handled the announcement. "Not really something you can describe in words" Tatiana Chapman told me. "Uncontrollable, I found myself bawling" Corbin Maxon said.

Listen as the students talk about the moment they won the championship.

Pride director Darren Davis says they are planning an encore performance sometime in the next week, check back here at KRMG and we'll let you know the date and time.

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