Next Tournament starts March 1, 2021
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: 2008-2016 - 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.

Era IV: 2017-present - SLCRPS Years

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.

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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 17 times so far.

So please consider all of the artists below, 30 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
2015
MOODY BLUES
Allman Brothers
Mama's Pride
Moody Blues
The Beatles
2016
GYPSY
Eric Clapton
Mama's Pride
Gypsy
The Beatles
YEARLY OVERALL & BRACKET WINNERS - ERA IV: Society Years
OVERALL
SLCR
PLANET RADIO
HANDCRAFTED RADIO
THE OASIS/HALL OF FAME
2017
STEELY DAN
The Moody Blues
The Beatles
Pink Floyd
Steely Dan
2018
ROBIN TROWER
Robin Trower
The Beatles
The Allman Brothers
Mama's Pride
YEARLY OVERALL & BRACKET WINNERS - ERA V: No Rock n Rall Hall of Fame
OVERALL
WEST USA
THE WORLD #1
EAST USA
THE WORLD #2
2019
SUPERTRAMP
Mama's Pride
Supertramp
Atlanta Rhythm Section
April Wine
Multiple winners
17
The Beatles
7
Pink Floyd
6
Mama's Pride
5
Led Zeppelin
4
Badfinger
3
Allman Brothers, The Who
2
Gypsy, Radiohead

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!

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ROUND 1
March 1-5
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16
 8 
 9 
 5 
12
 4 
13
 3 
14
 6 
11
 7 
10
 2 
15
 1 
16
 8 
 9 
 5 
12
 4 
13
 3 
14
 6 
11
 7 
10
 2 
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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
 1 
16
 8 
 9 
 5 
12
 4 
13
 3 
14
 6 
11
 7 
10
 2 
15
 1 
16
 8 
 9 
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12
 4 
13
 3 
14
 6 
11
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10
 2 
15
MARCH BANDNESS XVIII - 2019
ROCKERS
LOCAL/KLASSICS 1
LOCAL/KLASSICS 2
POPPERS
MARCH BANDNESS XVIII - 2019
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 HISTORY CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS / STATS
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 Finals: March 26-31
You must vote on every match-up in this round • You may vote once every 24 hrs.
Nektar
-vs-
Jethro Tull
Please choose at least 1 more.