Utah Regional – Digital Program Book

Bands of America Regional Championship
presented by Yamaha

Saturday, November 6, 2021
St. George, UT
Greater Zion Stadium, Dixie State University

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

8:15 a.m. –  Stadium Gates Open
8:45 a.m. – Preliminary Competition Begins

4:30 p.m. – Preliminary Competition Ends
4:45 p.m.  – Presentation of Class Awards and Announcement of Finalists
Stadium Cleared for Finals Preparation

6:30 p.m. – Stadium Gates Open
7:00 p.m. – National Anthem
Special On-Field Welcome
7:30 p.m. – First Performing Finalist Band
10:30 p.m. – Finals Competition Ends
10:45 p.m. – Finale – Presentation of Awards


THE BANDS – PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE ORDER – Click band name to see band info
8:45 a.m. – WASATCH H.S.

Heber City, UT

Director: John Ryszka
Drum Majors: Kyler Buffalo Cox and Luiz Bastos

Repertoire: The Speed of Life written by Gary P. Gilroy


9:00 a.m. – FREMONT H.S.

Plain City, UT

Director: Jacob Bradshaw
Drum Majors: Katrina Gibby and Sam Samples

Repertoire: Pursuit of Joy, Musical selections include: “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven, “Joy” from Awakening by Joseph Curiale, “Canon” by Pachelbel and “Celebration” by Carol Brittin Chambers
9:15 a.m. – ALTA H.S.

Sandy, UT
Director: Caleb Shabestari
Drum Majors: Andrew Mellon, Kelsey Fairbanks and Luke Watson

Repertoire: In Your Dreams, Musical selections include: “Escape from Paradise” by John Powell,  “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey and “In Air” by Sam Hazo

9:30 a.m. – DAVIS H.S.

Kaysville, UT
Director: Michael Crookston
Drum Majors: Ben Johnson, Cole Spackman and Charlotte Lindeman

Repertoire: Through The Trees

9:45 a.m. – SALEM HILLS H.S.

Salem, UT

Directors: Ryan Adair
Drum Majors: Brayden Johnson and Brinlee Evensen

Repertoire: FireForged: The Renewal of a Soul, Musical selections include: “Song of the Blacksmith” by Gustav Holst, “Foundry” by John Mackey and “Nimrod from Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar

10:00 a.m. – STANSBURY H.S.

Stansbury Park, UT
Director: Brian Kim
Drum Majors: Sofie Tobler and Bryan Morris

Repertoire: Fathoms

10:15 a.m. – BRIGHTON H.S.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Director: Mikala Mortensen
Drum Majors: Yvonne Sun and Noah Ripplinger

Repertoire: Shine!, Musical selections include:  “Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd and “Diamonds” by Rihanna

10:30 a.m. – HIGHLAND H.S.

Pocatello, ID

Director: Andrew Wilson
Drum Majors: Tayven Sudweeks and Tristan Pinkerton

Repertoire: Shine, Musical selections include: “Dies Irae” by Giuseppe Verdi, “This Little Light of Mine” and “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

10:45 a.m. – COPPER HILLS H.S.

West Jordan, UT

Director: Tyler Whittaker
Drum Majors: Esther Ojo and Milena Pereira

Repertoire: Breaking Barriers, Features “One” by Ian Grom and John Mapes

12:00 p.m. – LEHI H.S.

Lehi, UT

Director: Brian Parker
Drum Majors: Alyssa Grace, Marissa Mallory and Ululani Condie

Repertoire: Play Ball!, Musical selections include: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “What a Wonderful World” and “The Final Game” from A League of Their Own

12:15 p.m. – SKYRIDGE H.S.

Lehi, UT

Director: Howard Summers
Drum Majors:Brayden Holdaway, Abdon Figueroa-Ruiz, Jenna Christensen and Ayden Kirk

Repertoire: Ascend

12:30 p.m. – RIDGELINE H.S.

Millville, UT

Director: Jeremy Wells
Drum Majors: Ryan Nisbet and Kalvin Munk

Repertoire: Persistent Variability, Features themes from the “Peer Gynt Suite” by Edvard Grieg

12:45 p.m. – LAKOTA WEST H.S.

West Chester, OH

Director: Andrew Carr and Colin Celek
Drum Majors: Corbin Jones, Tharini Peiris, Lucy Jeong and Katelyn Penney

Repertoire: Figments of Reality, Musical selections include: “Pure Imagination” by Bricusse and Newley, “Fly to Paradise” by Whitacre, “II Concerto for Clarinet” by Navarro, “Claire de Lune” by Debussy, and “Bacchanale” by Saint Saëns

1:00 p.m. – OGDEN H.S.

Ogden, UT

Director: Stan Renda
Drum Major: Madi Palmer

Repertoire: MetalMorphosis, Musical selections include: “Master of Puppets,” “November Rain” and “Asphalt Cocktail”

1:15 p.m. – WESTLAKE H.S.

Saratoga Springs, UT

Director: Randy Brady
Drum Majors: Abby Draper, Haydon Balzotti and Nick Molinari

Repertoire: Another Time, Musical selections include: “Symphonic Metamorphosis: Scherzo” by Paul Hindemith, “Red Machine” by Peter Graham, “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck, “Yesterday” by The Beatles, “Once Upon Another Time” by Sara Bareilles and “Pin-Ultimate Experience” by Michael Giacchino

1:30 p.m. – FARMINGTON H.S.

Farmington, UT

Director: Brek Mangelson
Drum Majors: Hailey Wolf, Beth Johnson and Crimsyn Peery

Repertoire: Level Up!, Musical selections include: “Pyschopomp” by Thomas A. Monda, “Skyfall” by Adele and “Asphalt Cocktail” by John Mackey

1:45 p.m. – SKY VIEW H.S.

Smithfield, UT

Director: Bryan Carpenter
Drum Major: Aspen Moore

Repertoire: The World Tree, Features “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky

2:30 p.m. – ROY H.S.

Roy, UT

Director: Matthew Kinney
Drum Majors: Adrienne Horlacher and Kort Collett

Repertoire: The Jolly Roger, Musical selections include: “Sloop John B,” “Drunken Sailor,” “15 Men on a Dead Man’s Chest” and  “I Am a Pirate King”

2:45 p.m. – CEDAR VALLEY H.S.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Director: Mitch Hall
Drum Majors: Megan Bennion, Rakel Garcia and Rachel Johnson

Repertoire: Up and Away, Features the music of Michael Giacchino, Bradley Sampson, Eric Kruse and Eric Whitacre’s “Fly to Paradise”


Henderson, NV
Director: Mac Purdy
Drum Major: Isabella Coviello

Repertoire: Icarus, Musical selections include: “Fly to Paradise” by Eric Whitacare and “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish

3:15 p.m. – UINTAH H.S.

Vernal, UT

Director: Brian Gibson
Drum Major: Mac Christensen

Repertoire: The Samurai and the Maiden

3:30 p.m. – GREEN CANYON H.S.

North Logan, UT

Director: Jacob Andersen
Drum Majors: Luke Blake and McKay Burris

Repertoire: Caravan of the Desert, Features the music of Ra, The Treat Slick Road

3:45 p.m. – LA CUEVA H.S.

Albuquerque, NM

Director: John Converse
Drum Majors: Lance Hendrickson, Aaron Morad-McCoy and Ashley Wilson

Repertoire: The Big Bad Bear Band Holiday Spectacular, Musical selections include: “Auld Lang Syne” Traditional Scottish Song, “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson, “Rocky Point Holiday” by Ron Nelson, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphy’s, “Born In The USA” bt Bruce Springsteen, “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Halloween” (Motion Picture Soundtrack) by John Carpenter, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont, “The Dreidel Song” Jewish Traditional Song and “Deck The Halls”  Welsh Traditional Song

4:00 p.m. – MOUNTAIN RIDGE H.S.

Herriman, UT

Director: James Densley 
Drum Majors: Hannah Woolfenden, Connor Cieslinski and Logan Williams

Repertoire: Circulus, Musical selections include: “Heroes Lost and Fallen” by David Gillingham, “Fly To Paradise” by Eric Whitacre  and “End of Love” by  Florence and the Machine

4:15 p.m. – AMERICAN FORK H.S.

American Fork, UT

Director: Orien Landis
Drum Majors: Sydney Stephens, Tyler Whittington, Anna Seamons and Audrey Clarke

Repertoire: The Making of a Captain, Musical selections include: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who, “Hoist the Colors” by Hans Zimmer and original music by John Meehan

Today’s Adjudicators


Prelims Finals
Chief Judge Dale Warren Dale Warren
Music Performance Individual J.R. Trimpe Scott Koter
Music Performance Ensemble Kyle Weirich Greg Williams
Music General Effect Scott Koter J.R. Trimpe
Music General Effect Greg Williams Kyle Weirich
Visual Performance Individual Bob Thomas Michael Turner
Visual Performance Ensemble Michael Turner John Fisher
Visual General Effect John Fisher Bob Thomas

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 Utah Regional
American Fork High School & Utah Music Educators Association

Event Staff

Barry Morgan Conlon Griesmer
Jason Petrovich Alex Quintero
John Miller Ayatey Shabazz
Mike Winslow Chris Drake
Emily Ambriz Utah Parents


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