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MARCH BANDNESS HISTORY

Era I: 1995-2003 - Random List Years

The first two March Bandness's were done at Northeast Missouri State (now Truman) University as an in-dorm random-fun thing to do during March 1995 and March 1996. Unfortunately the results of these have been lost to time, although they may still pop up one day as I go through boxes of old items from that time period. My basic rememberence was the four brackets were Rockers, Poppers (both of which survive to this day), a Modern bracket and a Country bracket (it was Kirksville after all!)

Eventually, the idea was brought back when I was streaming radio online. March 2002 and 2003 used turn-of-the-millenium lists of most popular artists...

Era II: 2004-2006 - More Eclectic Mix Years

By March 2004 I was using Live365 as the radio stations' streaming server. It had a feature where listeners could rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) a song. I used this feature to capture what people liked most and made that the new determination of what artists made the bracket.

From 2004-2007 the station while mostly classic rock did play a more eclectic mix 24/7, similar to how Jerry's Jukebox does each Thursday night now. This resulted in having about 25% of the seeds be decidedly not classic rock each year.

In 2006, the seeding was so eclectic, one of the brackets got sub-divided into 2 brackets of eight.

Era II and a Half: 2007: Transistion

In July 2006, the station went 100% Classic Rock, bringing in many more Klassics and so the first Klassic bracket was formed and a final Potpourri bracket closed out the previous era.

Era III: 2008-present - Klassics Years

After a full year of the Classic Rock/Klassics driven format, 2008 saw the first "two Klassics brackets" format - the same format that continues today. Live365 remained the streaming server until February 2013. The rating feature continued to be the source of the bracket seeding. On February 16, 2013, the station moved it's streaming to a homegrown server with it's own similar rating system put in place. The results from this system were first implemented in the 2014 brackets.

Starting in 2015, solo artists of high ranking groups (Beatles, Floyd, etc) are ineligible for play if they rank below their former group...otherwise we could wind up with a bracket full of Beatles! Exceptions to this are artists who are better known for their solo work than group efforts. Possible examples in the future could include Robin Trower and Procol Harum, any member of the Yardbirds, Dylan or Petty and The Traveling Wilburys etc.

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CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS
The Circle of Champions

While there is an eventual winner each year, the four bracket champions are considered each to be a true champion each time. Otherwise, our only winners would time and again be the true gods of rock: The Beatles (4), Led Zeppelin (3), Pink Floyd (2) and The Who (1) have won a combined 10 of 13 times so far.

So please consider all of the artists below, 22 in total, to be your list of Champions.

YEARLY OVERALL & BRACKET WINNERS - ERA I: Random List Years
OVERALL
50's/60's
LATE 70's/80's
EARLY-MID 70's
90's/00's
2002
Led Zeppelin
The Beatles
Run DMC
Led Zeppelin
Radiohead
OVERALL
ROCKERS
FOLK & COUNTRY
POPPERS
DIVAS & CROONERS
2003
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
Johnny Cash
The Beatles
Neil Diamond
YEARLY OVERALL & BRACKET WINNERS - ERA II: Eclectic Mix Years
OVERALL
BRACKET 1
BRACKET 2
BRACKET 3
BRACKET 4
2004
The Beatles
The Beatles
Radiohead
The Who
Led Zeppelin
OVERALL
ROCKERS
SOLO ACTS
POPPERS
POTPOURRI
2005
The Who
The Who
Elvis Presley
The Beatles
Pink Floyd
OVERALL
ROCKERS
50's/60's
90's/00's
POPPERS
POTPOURRI
2006
The Beatles
John Lennon
The Beatles
Nirvana
Paul McCartney/Wings
Pink Floyd
YEARLY OVERALL & BRACKET WINNERS - ERA II and a Half: Transistion Year
OVERALL
ROCKERS
POTPOURRI
KLASSICS
POPPERS
2007
The Beatles
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Beach Boys
Badfinger
The Beatles
YEARLY OVERALL & BRACKET WINNERS - ERA III: Klassics Years
OVERALL
ROCKERS
KLASSICS #1
KLASSICS #2
POPPERS
2008
The Beatles
The Who
Heartsfield
Badfinger
The Beatles
2009
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
King Louie
Badfinger
The Beatles
2010
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Badfinger
Iron Butterfly
The Beatles
2011
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
Michael Stanley
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The Beatles
2012
King Crimson
Pink Floyd
King Crimson
Wishbone Ash
The Beatles
2013
Mama's Pride
Led Zeppelin
Mama's Pride
Allman Brothers
The Beatles
2014
Mama's Pride
Pink Floyd
Mama's Pride
Gypsy
The Beatles
Summary
13
The Beatles
6
Pink Floyd
5
Led Zeppelin
4
Badfinger
3
The Who
2
Mama's Pride, Radiohead
1
Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Neil Diamond, Gypsy, Heartsfield, Iron Butterfly, King Crimson, King Louie, John Lennon, Paul McCartney/Wings, Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Run DMC, Michael Stanley, Wishbone Ash

But really....if you make it to the tournament you ARE a champion! The listeners have voted throughout the year to get them to this stage, and now with over 1600 artists in the mix, it's harder and harder to make that top 4% you need to be to get in!

STATS & STUFF
* - no longer eligible due to solo act vs orignal group rule

2015 First Timers (12)
April Wine, Atlanta Rhythm Section, J.D. Blackfoot, Faustus, Grand Funk Railroad, Grinderswitch, Jeremiah Johnson, Buddy Miles, REO Speedwagon, Taj Mahal, Thin Lizzy, Trooper

In Every Tournament (3)
The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who

In Every Klassics Era Tournament (2008-present) (10)
Badfinger, The Beatles, Chicago, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mama's Pride, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, The Who

Ten-Timer Club (14)
14 - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who
13 - Chicago, Elton John, Led Zeppelin
12 - Electric Light Orchestra, Steely Dan
11 - Badfinger, Paul McCartney/Wings*, The Rolling Stones, Rush
10 - George Harrison*, Van Halen

Longest Match Win Streaks
27 - The Beatles
18 - Led Zeppelin
14 - Mama's Pride (current)

Most Final Four Appearances through 2014
13 - The Beatles
6 - Pink Floyd
5 - Led Zeppelin
4 - Badfinger
3 - The Who
2 - Mama's Pride, Radiohead

Most Elite Eight Appearances through 2014
13 - The Beatles
10 - Pink Floyd
9 - Led Zeppelin
5 - Badfinger
3 - Johnny Cash, Mama's Pride, Nirvana, The Who
2 - Electric Light Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney/Wings*, Elvis Presley, Radiohead, Steely Dan

Most Sweet Sixteen Appearances through 2014
13 - The Beatles
12 - Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
8 - The Who
7 - Electric Light Orchestra
6 - Badfinger, Mama's Pride, Paul McCartney/Wings*

Most Round of 32 Appearances through 2014
13 - The Beatles
12 - Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
10 - Chicago, Electric Light Orchestra
8 - Paul McCartney/Wings*, The Who
8 - Badfinger, George Harrison*, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan

Most Points (1 for appearance, 2 for 2nd round, 4 for 3rd round, etc) through 2014

Klassics Era
256 - The Beatles
168 - Led Zeppelin
149 - Mama's Pride
124 - Pink Floyd
68 - King Crimson
63 - Badfinger
45 - The Who
27 - Paul McCartney/Wings*
27 - Steely Dan
24 - Gypsy
All Time
528 - The Beatles
284 - Led Zeppelin
265 - Pink Floyd
149 - Mama's Pride
138 - The Who
82 - Badfinger
70 - King Crimson
48 - Paul McCartney/Wings*
43 - Electric Light Orchestra
37 - Radiohead

Most Match Victories through 2014

Klassics Era
36 - The Beatles
26 - Led Zeppelin
25 - Pink Floyd
21 - Mama's Pride
18 - Badfinger
12 - Paul McCartney/Wings*
11 - Steely Dan
10 - Electric Light Orchestra
10 - The Who
9 - Chicago
All Time
68 - The Beatles
46 - Pink Floyd
45 - Led Zeppelin
25 - The Who
23 - Badfinger
21 - Mama's Pride
19 - Electric Light Orchestra
18 - Paul McCartney/Wings*
15 - Chicago
14 - Steely Dan
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ROUND 1
March 1-5
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ROUND 2
March 6-10
ROUND 3
March 11-15
ROUND 4
March 16-20
FINAL FOUR
March 21-25
FINALS
March 26-31
FINAL FOUR
March 21-25
ROUND 4
March 16-20
ROUND 3
March 11-15
ROUND 2
March 6-10
ROUND 1
March 1-5
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MARCH BANDNESS XIV
ROCKERS
LOCAL/KLASSICS 1
LOCAL/KLASSICS 2
POPPERS
FINALS COMING SOON
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2012

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2013

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