Event Schedule

Prelims Schedule and Band Info

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Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Information subject to change.

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Event Schedule

6:00 PM – Gates Open for Finals
6:20 PM – Exhibition: University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band

6:30 PM – National Anthem: featuring the University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band and the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band

Finals Schedule

7:00 p.m. – Omaha Burke High School, NE
7:15 p.m. – Independence Jr./Sr. High School, IA
7:30 p.m. – Rock Island High School, IL
7:45 p.m. – Grand Rapids High School, MN
8:00 p.m. – Northwest High School, IA
8:15 p.m. – Dowling Catholic High School, IA
8:30 p.m. – Millard South High School, NE
8:45 p.m. – MOC-Floyd Valley High School, IA
9:00 p.m. – Davenport Central High School, IA
9:15 p.m. – Blue Valley Southwest High School, KS
9:30 p.m. – Lincoln-Way Community High School, IL
9:45 p.m. – Bellevue East High School, NE
10:00 p.m. – Bellevue West High School, NE
10:15 p.m. – Lincoln High School, SD

Exhibition: University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band
10:45 PM – Finale – Presentation of Awards

Prelims Performance Schedule as of 9/20/22:
10:45 AM – Box Office Opens
11:15 AM – Stadium Gates Open

11:45 AM – Preliminary Competition Begins
1:45 PM – BREAK
2:30 PM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
4:15 PM – Preliminary Competition Ends
Exhibition: University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band
4:30 PM – Presentation of Awards

6:00 PM – Gates Open for Finals
6:20 PM – Exhibition: University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band

6:30 PM – National Anthem: featuring the University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band and the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band

7:00 PM – First Performing Finalist Band
10:30 PM – Finals Competition Ends
Exhibition: University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band
10:45 PM – Finale – Presentation of Awards

Prelims Schedule & About the Bands

11:45 AM – Lincoln H.S., SD

Lincoln High School 
Sioux Falls, SD  

DIRECTORS: Daniel Carlson and Drew Balta 

DRUM MAJORS: Claire McDermott, Emma Weisz, Clark Egland, and Lily Ralston-Perreault 

REPERTOIRE: “Houdini: Unchained”
Musical selections include:
Applause by Lady Gaga
Equus by Eric Whitacre
Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
Break On Through by The Doors
Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

12:00 PM – Omaha Burke H.S., NE

Omaha Burke High School
Omaha, NE  

DIRECTOR: Kyle Brubaker 

DRUM MAJORS: David Garcia 

Musical selections include:
“Overture to the Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
“Kashmir” by John Bonham, James Patrick Page, Robert Plant
“Crazy Train” by O. Osbourne, R. Daisley, R. Rhodes
“Jupiter” by Gustav Holst
“Symphony No. 9” by Ludwig Van Beethoven

12:15 PM – Bellevue West H.S., NE

Bellevue West High School 
Bellevue, NE  

DIRECTORS: Marques Eckhoff and Jason Pentico 

DRUM MAJORS: Abby Schmidt and  Elaine Arko 

REPERTOIRE: From The Other Side
Musical selections include:
The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Orawa – Wojciech Kilar

12:30 PM – Dowling Catholic H.S., IA

Dowling Catholic High School
West Des Moines, IA  

DIRECTORS: Nicholas Hoover and Steve Holland 

DRUM MAJORS: Katie Flaherty^, and Molly Eure^ 

REPERTOIRE: When the Forest Calls

^symbol indicates that student attended 2022 Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium

12:45 PM – Millard South H.S., NE

Millard South High School 
Omaha, NE  

DIRECTORS: Darren Myers and Vince Simodynes 

DRUM MAJORS: Luke Myers, Matt Sempek, James Benson, and Zayna Corey 

Musical selections include:
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Nights (from Harmonium) by John Adams
Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber
Original Music by Jeff Chambers

1:00 PM – Blue Valley Southwest H.S., KS

Blue Valley Southwest High School
Overland Park, KS  

DIRECTOR: Brandon Lesando 

DRUM MAJORS: Jack McNiel^, Hank Reeg^, and Megan Hentschel^ 

Musical selections include:
Dreamland by Glass Animals
Life and Space from Reflections of Earth by Gavin Greenaway
Chameleon by Herbie Hancock
The Elements by Oliver Davis

^symbol indicates that student attended 2022 Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium

1:15 PM – Bellevue East H.S., NE

Bellevue East High School
Bellevue, NE  

DIRECTOR: Jeremy Krug 

DRUM MAJORS: Jacob Mendick^, Olivia Salas^ and Chelsea Phillips ^

REPERTOIRE: Eeriesistible
Musical selections include:
Danse Macabre
I Put a Spell on You
Black Widow

^symbol indicates that student attended 2022 Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium

1:30 PM – Grand Rapids H.S., MN

Grand Rapids High School
Grand Rapids, MN  

DIRECTOR: Dale Gunderson 

DRUM MAJORS: Shea Huffman^, Kaitlyn Olson^, and Katie Chung 

Musical selections include:

Hall of the Mountain King
Alice’s Theme
Melting Waltz

^symbol indicates that student attended 2022 Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium

2:30 PM – Davenport Central H.S., IA

Davenport Central High School
Davenport, IA  

DIRECTOR: Alexander Wilga 

DRUM MAJORS: Alexis Bruce^, Noah Droessler^, and Connor Buchanan^ 

REPERTOIRE: Stained Glass
Musical selections include:
“Cannon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
“A Mighty Fortress” by Glad
“Be Thou My Vision” by Eleanor Hull
Movement Four from Symphony No. 9
“Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven

^symbol indicates that student attended 2022 Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium

2:45 PM – Rock Island H.S., IL

Rock Island High School 
Rock Island, IL  

DIRECTOR: Peter Carlin 

DRUM MAJORS: Madison Greenwood, Emily Hummel, Aaliyah Ross, and Jaida Thompson 

REPERTOIRE: “Beautiful Tragedy”
Musical selections include:
“My Body is a Cage” by Peter Gabriel
“Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails

3:00 PM – Blaine H.S., MN

Blaine High School
Blaine, MN  

DIRECTOR: Michael Hebert 

DRUM MAJORS: Laura Johnson and Madeline Sundal  

REPERTOIRE: Crossroads
Musical selections include:
Exit Music (for a Film) – Radiohead
The Ecstasy of Gold – Ennio Morricone
Aha! – Imogen Heap
Into the West – Annie Lennox
Last Train Home – Pat Metheny
Paradise – Coldplay

3:15 PM – Lincoln-Way Community H.S., IL

Lincoln-Way Community High School 
New Lenox, IL  

DIRECTORS: Justin Barnish, Chris Mroczek, Cary Ruklic, and Dr. Bert Johnson

DRUM MAJORS: Nicole Keating, Maddie Clark, and Maria Rehm 

REPERTOIRE: On The Contrary
Musical selections include:
Symphonic Movement – Vaclav Nehlybel
The Rains of Castermere – Ramin Djwadi
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op 14 – Samuel Barber
On the Contrary – Donald Hill

3:30 PM – MOC-Floyd Valley H.S., IA

MOC-Floyd Valley High School 
Orange City, IA  

DIRECTORS: Dan Mangold and Matt Honken 

DRUM MAJORS: Amanda Hulstein, Biyanca Dokter, and Angel Reyna 

Musical selections include:
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor – Beethoven
Dusk – Steven Bryant
North By Northwest – Bernard Herrmann
Hunter – Bjork Gudmundsdottir

3:45 PM – Northwest H.S., IA

Northwest High School 
West Des Moines, IA  

DIRECTORS: Chad Friesleben and Chris Strohmaier 

DRUM MAJORS: Caleb Allison, Makenna Davis, and Anna Harvey 

Musical selections include:
He Commands the Sea (from Aquaman) by Hans Zimmer
The Attentions of Souls (from Wine-Dark Sea) by John Mackey
The River Cam by Eric Whitacre
After the Storm (from Stormworks) by Stephen Melillo

4:00 PM – Independence Junior/Senior H.S., IA

Independence Junior/Senior High School 
Independence, IA  

DIRECTOR: Joel Knipe 

DRUM MAJORS: Lauren Hamilton, Kaleb Penner, and Aaron Tanay 

Musical selections include:
Mvt. 1: “Intermezzo” from Carmen Suite – George Bizet
Mvt. 2: “Night on Bald Mountain” – Modest Mussorgsky
Mvt. 3: “The Reason” – Hoobastank
Mvt. 4: “Intermezzo” from Carmen  Suite – George Bizet
“Funeral March” – Frederic Chopin

4:30 PM – Presentation of Awards

We will present recognition awards; highest achievement awards in each of four classes, and first, second, and third place in each class, followed by the announcement of the evening’s twelve 12 bands. Class Champion bands not among the top 12 scoring finalist bands are invited to perform during Finals in exhibition.

The Classification used in Bands of America Regional Championship Class Awards is determined by school enrollment, grades 10 through 12.


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Adjudication Panel

Bands of America Championships are designed to be an educational experience for the participating bands, as well as exciting musical events for spectators. Our panel of respected adjudicators evaluates and offers constructive comments on every performance, to be used by the band directors as a guide for future improvement.

To carry out the difficult task of rating and ranking each band according to the Bands of America adjudication system, we have selected established experts in music education and the marching specialty.

Mike Back, Roswell, GA – Music
Ryan Heath, Keller, TX – Music
Kevin Nix, Plano, TX – Music
Jodie Rhodes, Canyon Lake, TX – Music
Tony Cimino, Salem, OR – Visual
Bob Elliott, Union, KY – Visual
Brandon Spidel, Indianapolis, IN – Visual
Dale Warren, Fayetteville, AR – Chief

What are the judges 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
  • 40% on visual
  • 60% on general effect
  • 40% on performance

Each judge is assigned a specific area on which they focus: 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. 


Who can enroll in Bands of America events?
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, 2022 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. Bands are assigned to classes based on the following enrollment levels (grades 10-12):
• Class A – 600 or fewer
• Class AA – 601 -1325
• Class AAA – 1326 -1850
• Class AAAA – 1851 or more

Per our commitment to re-evaluate the classification system, classification numbers are examined and reset every three (3) years by a procedure that considers the composition of Bands of America Championship participation using three years of data. The maximum enrollment number for Class A remains constant, while the enrollment levels for Classes AA, AAA, and AAAA are adjusted to levels (for the next three years) that would have established equal, cumulative numbers of participants in each class over the prior three (3) years. The current classification is set to begin with the Fall 2022 season, and the next reclassification will occur effective Fall 2025. For purposes of determining enrollment, your principal must certify enrollment and consider all those students in the grades 10-12 population as reported on fall State and/or FTE funding reports.

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, to eliminate expectations of a band’s performance based on class, including those of the judges.

How are finalist bands selected?
The top 12 scoring bands, regardless of class, are invited to compete in the evening’s Regional Finals. For Indianapolis and St. Louis Super Regionals, the top 14 scoring bands, regardless of class, will advance to Finals. For the San Antonio Super Regional, 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.

Is electronic recording allowed in the stadium?
No video or audio recording is permitted in the stadium without the express written permission of Music for All, in advance of the event.

Camera Policy:
Any still camera (making film or digital still pictures) is allowed into and may be used from the spectator seating area of any venue, as long as it does not interfere with or disrupt the viewing experience of any other spectator. Family, friends, and fans may take still photos of BOA events for personal use only. The images may not be sold or otherwise distributed without the written permission of Music for All. Cameras (of any kind) may not be used on the field. People with field passes or name badges must go into the stands to take digital or film pictures. Tripods or other similar equipment that obstruct the view or path of travel of others in seating areas are not allowed.

Clear Bag Policy
Music for All encourages spectators to not bring bags into venues. Only clear bags and emergency bags will be permitted. Bag policies are effective to expedite entry into venues and provide additional safety. Spectators will be allowed to bring items such as cameras, provided they are not in cases that would violate the bag policy at that venue.


Saturday, September 24, 4:15 PM • 6:30 PM National Anthem Mass Band • 10:30 PM


The 270-member Hawkeye Marching Band is the sound of Kinnick Stadium and the heartbeat of our university. We present pregame and halftime shows at all Iowa home football games, and at one or two away games each season. As the most visible ensemble in the School of Music and the largest student organization on campus, we bring all Hawkeyes together to Fight for Iowa. Comprised of students from nearly every major within the University, this time-honored organization combines quality musicianship, Hawkeye spirit, pride and dedication to create their nationally renowned gridiron excitement. In addition to our 270 musicians, performances by the HMB include our drum major Christian Frankl, Golden Girl Ella McDaniel, and the award-winning Iowa Dance Team. The HMB performs for over 70,000 fans during each home game.

Learn more about the Hawkeye Marching Band


Saturday, September 24, 6:20 PM • 6:30 PM National Anthem Mass Band


The 315-member Panther Marching Band is the largest student organization on the University of Northern Iowa campus! Each year the Panther Marching Band combines Panther spirit, pride, musicianship, and more than 120 years of tradition to create renowned gridiron excitement. The band consists of students from 79 different majors including nearly every discipline and major available at UNI.  The band is open to both music majors and non-majors, and approximately 71% of our students are not music majors.

Learn more about the UNI Panther Band



Thank you to Northwest High School for serving as host of today’s championship. Northwest High School volunteers are making today’s event happen! Thank you to Chris Strohmaier and Northwest High School.


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