Mid-Atlantic Regional – Digital Program Book

Bands of America
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship
presented by Yamaha

Saturday, October 9, 2021
College Park, MD
Univerisity of Maryland

Welcome to the 2021 Bands of America Championships, presented by Yamaha. We are happy you have joined us and are thrilled to be together once again on the field and in the stands at BOA!

This page is your online program book with preliminary performance schedule and band information.

Click here to go to the main show page, performance schedule-at-a-glance, and spectator guide.

Schedule of the Day

10:00 a.m. –  Stadium Gates Open
10:30 a.m. – Preliminary Competition Begin
4:15 p.m.  – Exhibition: University of Maryland
4:30 p.m.  – Presentation of Class Awards and Announcement of Finalists
Stadium Cleared for Finals Preparation

Finals Schedule

6:30 p.m. – Gates Open

7:00 p.m. – National Anthem & Special Performance by The “Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
7:30 p.m. – Westfield H.S., VA
7:45 p.m. – John Champe H.S., VA
8:00 p.m. – Trumbull H.S., CT
8:15 p.m. – Westfield H.S., NJ
8:30 p.m. – Susquehannock H.S., PA
8:45 p.m. – Spring-Ford H.S., PA
9:00 p.m. – Norwin H.S., PA
9:15 p.m. – John P. Stevens H.S., NJ
9:30 p.m. – Cleveland H.S., NC
9:45 p.m. – James Madison H.S., VA
10:00 p.m. – Thomas Jefferson H.S. for Science and Technology, VA
10:15 p.m. – Kiski Area H.S., PA
10:30 p.m. – EXHIBITION: University of Maryland
11:00 p.m. – Finals Competition Conclude
11:15 p.m. – Finale – Presentation of Awards

“The Commandant’s Own” – U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
National Anthem & Special Performance

Formed in 1934 as a means of augmenting the capabilities of the United States Marine Band, the “Commandant’s Own” is the only active duty drum and bugle corps currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. “The Commandant’s Own” comprises part of the Marine Barracks Washington “Battle Color Detachment,” along with the Silent Drill Platoon and the “Commandant’s Four” United States Marine Corps Color Guard. The drum and bugle corps travels in excess of 50,000 miles a year, and executes more than 500 ceremonies annually, including evening parades at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. and funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

Under the Direction of Captain Nate Morris of Marietta, Georgia, Marine Barracks Washington proudly presents “The Commandant’s Own,” the United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps.

THE BANDS – PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE ORDER – Click band name to see band info
10:30 a.m. – FREEDOM H.S.

Aldie, VA

Director: Jonathan Schiffler
Drum Majors: Garrett Goldberger, Ritika Jha and Miles Goldberger

Repertoire: The Voyage, Musical selections include: “Blue Planet” by George Fenton, original compositions by Steve Vento, “Of Sailors and Whales” by W. Francis McBeth and “The Bravest Boy I Ever Met” by Daniel Hart

10:45 a.m. – LIGHTRIDGE H.S.

Aldie, VA

Directors: Jonathan Phillip and Jamieson Carr
Drum Majors: Sara Kakatkar, Sophia Perry, Shreeya Rambhad and Neha Amarnath

Repertoire: ANEW, Musical selections include: “A New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak, “Truman Sleeps” by Philip Glass and “Fly to Paradise” by Eric Whitacre

11:00 a.m. – SUSQUEHANNOCK H.S.

Glen Rock, PA
Director: Chris Poole
Drum Majors: Josh Rutters and Jocelyn Davis

Repertoire: Reflection

11:15 a.m. – WESTFIELD H.S.

Chantilly, VA

Director: Alan P. Johnson
Drum Majors: Maryn Brown, Justin Orellana Sanchez and Emma Almeida

Repertoire: Revolutionary, Musical selections include: “Chester” by William Billings, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears and “The Battle of Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” by Lin Manuel Miranda

12:15 p.m. – CENTRAL BUCKS H.S.

Warrington, PA
Director: Brian Cox
Drum Majors: Jimmy Carpenter, Jeff Kauffman and Sarah Luglio

Repertoire: Conquest, Musical selections include: “Battle on the Ice” by Sergei Prokofiev, “Riften Wed” by Julie Giroux and an original composition by Drew Farmer


12:30 p.m. – JOHN P. STEVENS H.S.

Edison, NJ
Director: Andrew DeNicola
Drum Majors: Lukas Ping, Arin Ravindran and Farah Mbahwe

Repertoire: Becoming Hook, Musical selections include: “Shades of Autumn” by Aaron Guidry, “Fearless & Tremendous Sea of Love” by Carol Chambers, “Ride” by Sam Hazo, “October” by Eric Whitacre and “Traditional, O Waly Waly”

12:45 p.m. – BATTLEFIELD H.S.

Haymarket, VA

Director: Michael Britcher
Drum Major: Katie Railsback

Repertoire: The Cutting Edge, Musical selections include: “Karn-Evil 9” by Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, “AD 1928 Rockin’ the Paradise” by Dennis DeYoung and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury

1:00 p.m. – KISKI AREA H.S.

Vandergrift, PA

Director: Shawn Pityk
Drum Majors: Camille Graham and Gianna Kraus

Repertoire: Beneath the Shifting Sands

1:15 p.m. – JOHN CHAMPE H.S.

Aldie, VA
Directors: Adam Foreman and Jason Miller 
Drum Majors: Nirel Amoyaw, Aryana Bellamkonda and Neha Jagasia

Repertoire: Castle, Musical selections include: “The Engulfed Cathedral” by Claude Debussy, “The Frozen Cathedral” by John Mackey Castle and “Halsey Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner

1:30 p.m. – WESTFIELD H.S., NJ

Westfield, NJ
Directors: Chris Vitale and Trevor Sindorf
Drum Majors: Matthew Robinson, Noelle Shih and Jessica Strauss

Repertoire: Swipe Up, Musical selections include: “Telephone” by Lady Gaga, “Toxic” by Britney Spears and “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd


Alexandria, VA

Director: Steve Ballard
Drum Majors: Benjamin Chang and Liam D’Souza Bohannon

Repertoire: Spring: Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope, Musical selections include: “Winter from Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi, “Morning Mood” from Peter Gynt, “Suite” by Edvard Grieg, “Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky, “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland and “Spring from Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi

2:30 p.m. – TRUMBULL H.S.

Trumbull, CT

Director: Josh Murphy
Drum Majors: Kate Vasquez and Noah Lafond

Repertoire: Do-Overture, Musical selections include: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and “William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini 

2:45 p.m. – SPRING-FORD H.S.

Royersford, PA

Director: Seth Jones
Drum Majors: Danielle Flad, Elizabeth Hanson and Anne Rizzo

Repertoire: Rags to Riches, Musical selections include: “Overture to the Royal Fireworks” by G.F. Handel, “Concerto Grosso” by Karl Jenkins “As the World Ends” by Matt Maltese “Royals” by Lorde and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

3:00 p.m. – EDISON H.S.

Edison, NJ

Director: Marc DeNicuolo
Drum Majors: Olivia Morales, Keya Raval and Ross Turla

Repertoire: Finding Your Inner Light, Features “To Show Your Strength” by John Mapes and Ian Grom


3:15 p.m. – CLEVELAND H.S.

Clayton, NC

Directors: Jason Heard and Steven Rainville
Drum Majors: Emma Hunt and Miranda Lewis

Repertoire: R & J 21, A Modern Twist of An Old Love Story, Features music by Andrew Markworth and Lewis Capaldi

3:30 p.m. – URBANA H.S.

Ijamsville, MD
Director: Mike Harrison

3:45 p.m. – NORWIN H.S.

North Huntingdon, PA

Director: Tim Daniels
Drum Majors: Reese Pulkownik, Te’a McGraw and Taylor Podob

Repertoire: Harvest

4:00 p.m. – JAMES MADISON H.S.

Vienna, VA

Director: Michael Hackbarth
Drum Majors: Ariana Kim and Joshua Liu

Repertoire: Can²on, Musical selections include: “Canon” by Johann Pachelbel, “Welcome to The Black Parade” by My Chemical, “Romance Sacctus” by Richard Prizeman and “1812 Overture” by Peter Tchaikovsky


Today’s Adjudicators


Prelims Finals
Chief Judge Richard Saucedo Richard Saucedo
Music Performance Individual Greg Williams Drew Shanefield
Music Performance Ensemble Steve Kuske Richard Saucedo
Music General Effect Drew Shanefield Greg Williams
Music General Effect Richard Saucedo Steve Kuske
Visual Performance Individual Bret Mascaro Jeff Young
Visual Performance Ensemble Jeff Young Mike Anderson
Visual General Effect Mike Anderson Bret Mascaro

What are the Judges Looking For?

First and foremost, Bands of America Championship are educational events. Learn how the performances are evaluated and scored, and what the judges are looking for.

Bands receive recorded evaluation and scoresheets from each judge. The emphasis is on the input the judge offers to the band’s program. It is the position of Bands of America that music is the more important aspect of the performance, with marching as the presentation and visual enhancement of the program. Likewise, greater emphasis is placed on general effect than on fine-line perfection of the performance.  The weight of the numbers places 60% of the value on music and 40% on visual, as well as 60% on general effect and 40% on performance. Each judge is assigned a specific area on which he or she focuses: ensemble and general effect judges are located at a vantage point from above (e.g., press box), and individual performance judges are located on the field.

You can see more information on the judging and score breakdown here.

Thank you!

Our Host for the Mid-Atlantic Regional
University of Maryland

Exhibition Band
University of Maryland

Event Staff

Bill Gavin Chelsea Brokema
Sue Guindon Nick Gonzales
Paul Guzewicz Josh Henson
Patrick Mainieri Jon Shaw
Chris Babashka


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