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Des Moines, IA 2023

September 30, 2023

Iowa Regional Championship

presented by Yamaha

September 30, 2023
Northwest High School Stadium

Event Schedule


7:00 PM – National Anthem

Special On-Field Welcome

Finals Schedule:

7:30 p.m. – Blue Valley Southwest H.S., KS
7:45 p.m. – Blue Valley West H.S., KS
8:00 p.m. – Northwest H.S., IA
8:15 p.m. – MOC-Floyd Valley H.S., IA
8:30 p.m. – Rock Island H.S., IL
8:45 p.m. – Davenport Central H.S., IA
9:00 p.m. – Rosemount H.S., MN
9:15 p.m. – Bellevue West H.S., NE
9:30 p.m. – Pella H.S., IA
9:45 p.m. – Eastview H.S., MN
10:00 p.m. – Lincoln H.S., SD
10:15 p.m. – Camdenton H.S., MO
10:30 p.m. – Lake Park H.S., IL (In Exhibition)



There is no charge for spectator parking at the Iowa Regional Championship. Please arrive early and allow extra time to get to the stadium, especially during peak times. Refer to the maps and other event documents for location and further details.

Ticketing Information
  • This is a cashless ticket booth. Cash may be accepted at concession stands and Pepwear.
  • Skip the ticket line and save money! Purchase your tickets online before arriving at the stadium using the blue “buy tickets” button above.

Northwest High School Stadium

655 NW 10th St.
Waukee, IA 50263

Prelims Schedule and Band Info

10:00 AM - Omaha Burke H.S., NE
Omaha Burke H.S.
Omaha, NE
DIRECTOR: Kyle Brubaker
DRUM MAJOR: David Garcia
REPERTOIRE: The Pale Blue Eye
Musical selections include: “Corsican Litany” by Vaclav Nelhybel; “My Immortal” by Evanescence; “Dies Irae” from Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
10:15 AM - Valley H.S., IA
Valley H.S.
Des Moines, IA
DIRECTORS: Samantha Beeman, Jackson Churchill, and Josh Waymire
DRUM MAJORS: Rylann Abbas, Cedric Baumert, and Sienna Becker
REPERTOIRE: Welcome to the Jungle
Musical selections include: “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses; “Trashin’ the Camp” by Phil Collins and Rosie O’Donnell; “Voices of the Sky” by Samuel Hazo; and “Roar” by Katy Perry
10:30 AM - Eastview H.S., MN
Eastview H.S.
Apple Valley, MN
DIRECTORS: Richard Berggren, Matt Gullickson, and Ben Harloff
DRUM MAJORS: Dylan Gudim, David Kagan, and Isaac Traynor
REPERTOIRE: The Ballad of Eastview
Musical selections include: “The Cowboys” by John Williams; “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” by Ennio Morricone; “Streets of Laredo” (folk melody); “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings; “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X; and “Towards the Sun” by Ward Miller
10:45 AM - Dowling Catholic H.S., IA
Dowling Catholic H.S.
West Des Moines, IA
DIRECTORS: Steve Holland and Nicholas Hoover
DRUM MAJORS: Zoe Ball and Gregory Pease
Musical selections include: “Mad Science” by Darren Loney, John Mapes, and Trent Gronewold
11:00 AM - Independence Jr./Sr. H.S., IA
Independence Jr./Sr. H.S.
Independence, IA
DIRECTOR: Joel Knipe
DRUM MAJORS: Isabella Jensen and Aaron Tanay
REPERTOIRE: A Matter of Time
Musical selections include: “Westminster Chimes” (traditional); “Syncopated Clock” by Leroy Anderson; “Dream Is Collapsing” by Hans Zimmer; and “Fix You” by Coldplay
11:15 AM - Camdenton H.S., MO
Camdenton H.S.
Camdenton, MO
DIRECTOR: Dominic Zanaboni
DRUM MAJORS: Carter Smith, Azzy Pittmann, Hana Brown
Musical selections include: “Your Song,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Saturday is Alright,” “That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” and “Part Time Love” by Elton John
11:30 AM - Northwest H.S., IA
Northwest H.S.
Waukee, IA
DIRECTOR: Chad Friesleben
DRUM MAJORS: Sophia Berger, Makenna Davis, Chloe Gilbert, and Gehrig Lachenmaier
REPERTOIRE: Dark Tales from the Grimm Forest
Musical selections include: “Dark Tales from the Grimm Forest” by Chad Friesleben
12:30 PM - MOC-Floyd Valley H.S., IA
MOC-Floyd Valley H.S.
Orange City, IA
DIRECTORS: Matt Honken and Dan Mangold
DRUM MAJORS: Roman Fude, Angel Reyna, and Leah Taylor
REPERTOIRE: Nothing Gold Can Stay
Musical selections include: “The Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone; “Beyond the Veil” by Lindsey Stirling and Mark Evan Maxwell; and “Violin Concerto, Op. 14” by Samuel Barber
12:45 PM - Blue Valley West H.S., KS
Blue Valley West H.S.
Overland Park, KS
DIRECTOR: Justin Love
DRUM MAJORS: Ishaan Buddharaju, Aileen Ng, and Ki Weeks
REPERTOIRE: Welcome to the Jungle
Musical selections include: “Welcome to the Jungle Opener” by John Fannin; “Scythian Suite” by Sergei Prokofiev; “The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms” by Michael Kamen; and “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
1:00 PM - Bellevue West H.S., NE
Bellevue West H.S.
Bellevue, NE
DIRECTORS: Marques Eckhoff and Jason Pentico
DRUM MAJORS: Ethan Arul and Abby Schmidt
REPERTOIRE: Dreams are the Playgrounds of Unicorns
Musical selections include: “Pegasus” by Thomas Bergersen; “Over The Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and Edgar Yipsel Harburg; “Wild Horses” by Keith Richards and Michael Phillip Jagger; and “My Little Pony Theme Remix” by Daniel Luke Ingram and Lauren Faust
1:30 PM - Blue Valley Southwest H.S., KS
Blue Valley Southwest H.S.
Overland Park, KS
DIRECTOR: Brandon J. Lesando
DRUM MAJORS: Annouhsa Hashmi, Megan Hentschel, and Brianna Taylor
REPERTOIRE: Life Reframed
Musical selections include: “Most Ardently” by Harry George Lightfoot; “Chicks Evolution” by Rahel Senn, DJ Illvibe, Olga Scheps; “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas; and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
1:45 PM - Eden Prairie H.S., MN
Eden Prairie H.S.
Minnetonka, MN
DIRECTORS: Michael Okwabi and Mike Whipkey
DRUM MAJORS: Avery Nicpon and Jake Schreifels
Musical selections include: Eden Prairie’s 2023 program, “Terra Nova” explores the aftermath and regrowth of the world following a global catastrophe, featuring musical selections by John Meehan
2:00 PM - Limestone Community H.S., IL
Limestone Community H.S.
Bartonville, IL
DIRECTOR: Justin Bainter
DRUM MAJORS: Natalie Garrett and Ashlyn Hoffman
Musical selections include: “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran; “The Way We Were” by Marvin Hamlisch; and “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven
2:15 PM - Davenport Central H.S., IA
Davenport Central H.S.
Davenport, IA
DIRECTOR: Alexander Wilga
DRUM MAJORS: Grace Brandt, Connor Buchanan, Noah Droessler, and Maddox Smith
REPERTOIRE: Lost and Found
Musical selections include: “Amazing Grace” by John Newton; “Wild Nights” by John Adams; and “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap
2:45 PM - Rosemount H.S., MN
Rosemount H.S.
Rosemount, MN
DIRECTORS: Taylor Eliason, Calvin Lipetzky, Leon Sieve, and Scott Palmer
DRUM MAJORS: Aisha Abdulahi, Gaby Hoover, Adonias Ketema, and Matteo Pasillas
REPERTOIRE: Please Be Seated
3:00 PM - Lake Park H.S., IL
Lake Park H.S.
Roselle, IL
DIRECTOR: Mike Lehman
DRUM MAJORS: Alexander Babiarz, Chris Cozzo, James Napravnik, and Nikoleta Pisanko
Musical selections include: “Moonshot” by Shanefield; “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven; “Clair De Lune” by Debussy; “How High The Moon” by Hamilton and Lewis; and “Moondance” by Morrison
3:15 PM - Millard South H.S., NE
Millard South H.S.
Omaha, NE
DIRECTORS: Darren Myers and Vince Simodynes
DRUM MAJORS: Zayna Corey, Addylin Hansen, Shayleigh Lepper-Martinez, and Taya Pitzer
REPERTOIRE: Behind the Mask
Musical selections include: “Phoenix” from The Red Poppy by Reinhold Glière; “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “One of Many” by Carol Brittin Chambers; “The Last Rose of Summer” by John Stevenson; and “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal
3:30 PM - Bellevue East H.S., NE
Bellevue East H.S.
Bellevue, NE
DIRECTOR: Jeremy Krug
DRUM MAJORS: Jackson Cristobal, Shania Curtright, and Chelsea Phillips
REPERTOIRE: Through The Bitterness
Musical selections include: “Theme from Westworld” by Ramin Djawadi; “Point Blank” by Paul Dooley; and “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter
3:45 PM - Pella H.S., IA
Pella H.S.
Pella, IA
DIRECTORS: Dameon Place and Gabe Schott
DRUM MAJORS: Josie Boll, Stephen Gaul, Tess Hopkins, and Karsyn Lyons
Musical selections include: “Children’s Hour of Dream” by Charles Mingus; “Still D.R.E.” by Andre Young, Shawn Carter, Melvin Bradford, and Scott Storch; “Empire State of Mind” by Shawn Carter, Bert Keyes, Angela Hunte, Sylvia Robinson, Janet Sewell, Alexander Shuckburgh, and Alicia Augello Cook; and “Niagara Falls” by Michael Daugherty
4:00 PM - Rock Island H.S., IL
Rock Island H.S.
Rock Island, IL
DIRECTOR: Peter Carlin
DRUM MAJORS: Ash Campbell, MJ Hummel, Aaliyah Ross, and Jaida Thompson
Musical selections include: “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Guglielmi; “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran; and “Golden Hour” by JVKE
4:15 PM - Lincoln H.S., SD
Lincoln H.S.
Sioux Falls, SD
DIRECTORS: Drew Balta and Daniel Carlson
DRUM MAJORS: Hannah Basel, Clark Egland, and Lily Ralston-Perrault
REPERTOIRE: Fabric Of Time
Musical selections include: “Pure Imagination” by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, Kwesi Mills, and Jonathan Owusu-Yianoma; “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel; “Time After Time” by Rob Hyman and Cyndi Lauper; and “Material Girl” by Peter Brown and Robert Rans

Ryan Brittain – Houston, TX
Ryan Demkovich – Houston, TX
Jodie Rhodes – Canyon Lake, TX
Kyle Weirich – Elkhart, IN

Robert W. Elliott – Union, KY
Matt Hartwell – Claremont, CA
Bruce Jones – North Huntingdon, PA

John Howell – Pittsburgh, PA


Thank you to the host of today’s Bands of America Championship event: Chris Strohmaier and Northwest High School!

Frequently Asked Questions

Clear Bag Policy

Music for All venues will follow a universal clear bag policy in 2023.

This applies to any person using spectator gates at an event (including students and staff before and after performances), including situations in which the band re-entry gate is the same as the spectator gate. This policy does not apply to performance flow entry and exit gates.

Is recording allowed in the stadium?


Camera Policy

Only still photography is allowed, and only from general admission seats. Tripods should not be used and the viewing experience of other spectators may not be disrupted.

Still photography is not allowed at field level.

Video and audio recording of any kind is not allowed, no exceptions.

Who can enroll in BOA Championships?

Enrollment is open to all high school bands on a first-come, first-served basis.

How is performance order determined?

Preliminary performance times are scheduled based on a random draw. Applications received and paid for on or before January 31, 2023 were eligible for the initial draw, after which performance times are based on postmark of application, with earlier postmarks receiving the later performance times. The previous year’s Regional Champion has the option to choose its Prelims performance time. Finals performances are scheduled by a random draw on site.

How is classification determined?

Bands of America has a four-class system (A-AAAA). Bands are assigned to classes based on enrollment levels in grades 10-12. 

Why aren’t the classifications announced?

By nature, appreciation of arts requires subjective reactions. We do not announce or publish band classifications, before or during events. Our intention is to not draw attention to classification, so as to eliminate expectations of a band’s performance based on class, including those of the judges.

How are finalist bands selected?

REGIONALS:The top 12 scoring bands, regardless of class, are invited to compete in the evening’s Regional Finals.

SUPER REGIONALS:Super Regional Championships accept 14 bands into Finals. The 14 bands are chosen according to the following procedure: the five highest scoring bands in each of the two Prelims judging panels, regardless of class, plus the next four highest scoring bands from both of the two Prelims, regardless of class, will advance to Finals. If a Class Champion is not among the highest scoring bands advancing to Finals, they will be invited to perform at Finals in exhibition.


September 30, 2023
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Waukee Northwest Athletic Complex
Park Road
Waukee, IA 50263 United States
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