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...
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.
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.
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.
With the formation of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society completed in 2016, new listeners and artist favorites changed the ranking trends substantially and so, for the first time, we've made separate brackets based on the various radio stations at SLCRPS with a Hall of Fame section sharing one bracket with The Oasis.
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 17 times so far.
So please consider all of the artists below, 30 in total, to be your list of Champions.
|Allman Brothers, The Who|
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 5000 artists in the mix, it's harder and harder to make that top 1.3% you need to be to get in!