Event Schedule

Prelims Schedule and Band Info

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Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Information subject to change.

McAllen, TX is in the Central Time Zone. All times shown are local time for McAllen.

Event Schedule
Prelims Performance Schedule as of 9/8/22:
6:00 AM – Box Office Opens
6:30 AM – Stadium Gates Open
7:00 AM – Preliminary Performances Begin
9:00 AM – BREAK
9:30 AM – Preliminary Performances Resume
11:30 AM – BREAK
12:15 PM – Preliminary Performances Resume
2:30 PM – Presentation of Awards

6:30 PM – Gates Open for Finals
7:00 PM – National Anthem
7:30 PM – First Performing Finalist Band
10:30 PM – Finals Competition Ends
10:45 PM – Finale – Presentation of Awards

Prelims Schedule & About the Bands

7:00 AM – Gladys Porter Early College H.S., TX

Gladys Porter Early College High School
Brownsville, TX
DIRECTOR: Oscar Onofre
DRUM MAJORS: Deanali Vasquez and Mark Lerma
REPERTOIRE: Beyond Imagination
Musical selections include:
Pure Imagination
Hymn of Axciom
Wait of the world

7:15 AM – James Pace Early College H.S., TX

James Pace Early College High School
Brownsville, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Raul Ramirez III
DRUM MAJOR(S): Jacob Trevino, Johanna Villalobos, and Diego Renteria
REPERTOIRE: Once Upon the Time in the West
Musical selections include:
The Promise of Living by Aaron Copland
Duello Finale by Ennio Morricone
The Heat of the Day by Pat Methany
Bang Bang by Sonny Bonno
The Trio by Ennio Morricone
Mikrokosmos by Bela Bartok
Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone

7:30 AM – Pioneer H.S., TX

Pioneer High School
Mission, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Arnold Salinas
DRUM MAJOR(S): Audrey Guzman, Janai Gonzalez, and Daniel Ramirez
REPERTOIRE: Shine Bright
Musical selections include:
Royals – Lorde
Farandole – Bizet
Ice Dance – Elfman
Palladio – Jenkins
Diamonds – Rihanna

7:45 AM – Edinburg H.S., TX

Edinburg High School
Edinburg, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Jason Rogers
DRUM MAJOR(S): Jazzmin Torres, Jesus Flores, and Ricardo Gonzalez
REPERTOIRE: Once Upon a Time in the West
Musical selections include:
Ecstasy of Gold
Gates of Gold – Call of the Mountain
Exit Music for a Film
The House of the Rising Sun
The Entertainer
Theme from the Magnificent Seven

8:00 AM – Mission H.S., TX

Mission High School
Mission, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Samuel Hjort
DRUM MAJOR(S): Cruz Segovia, Diego Vences, David Olguin, and Cesar Sanchez
REPERTOIRE: Elton John Adams
Musical selections include:
The Chairman Dances by John Adams
Tiny Dancer by Elton John
Wild Nights by John Adams

8:15 AM – Edinburg North H.S., TX

Edinburg North High School
Edinburg, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Chad Dempsey
DRUM MAJOR(S): Alexis Quilantan, Diogo Perales, and Daniel Granados
REPERTOIRE: Field of Gold
Musical selections include:
Make Our Garden Grow – L. Bernstein
Estancia – Ginastera
Fields of Gold – Sting

8:30 AM – McAllen H.S., TX

McAllen High School
McAllen, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Jason Dunn
DRUM MAJOR(S): Guilliana Gonzalez and Enrique Castillo
REPERTOIRE: And I Think to Myself…
Musical selections include What a Wonderful World and selections from the soundtrack for the film Requiem for a Dream

8:45 AM – McAllen Nikki Rowe H.S., TX

McAllen Nikki Rowe High School
McAllen, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Roberto R. Garza
DRUM MAJOR(S): Ariel Ortiz, Lindsey Rodriguez, and Briana Trujillo

9:30 AM – Robert Vela H.S., TX

Robert Vela High School
Edinburg, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Daniel Carrera
DRUM MAJOR(S): Andrianna Leos, Sophia Ornelas, and Emilia Jaime
Selections include original music by Michael J. Miller, CJ Barrow, and Shane Gwaltney

9:45 AM – Medina Valley H.S., TX

Medina Valley High School
Castroville, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Juan Carlos Rodriguez
DRUM MAJOR(S): Tyler Frail and Rose Simonson
Musical selections include:
La Fiesta Mexicana – Reed
Asturias (Leyenda)- Albeniz
Despacito – Fonsi
El Dorado – Bergersen
Montero – Lil Nas X

10:00 AM – Mission Veterans Memorial H.S., TX

Mission Veterans Memorial High School
Mission, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Guillermo De La Cruz III
DRUM MAJOR(S): Luz Luna, Noema Treviño, and Jenna Garcia
REPERTOIRE: A Siren’s Song
Movement 1: Come Seek Us
Movement 2: Chase and Seduction
Movement 3: Enchanted
Movement 4: To Davy Jones’ Locker

10:15 AM – Rio Grande City H.S., TX

Rio Grande City High School
Rio Grande City, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Eric Garza
DRUM MAJOR(S): Daniela Garcia, Brianna Elizondo, and Marina Gonzalez
REPERTOIRE: The Royal Experience
Musical selections include:
American Overture for Band by Joseph W. Jenkins
A Million Dreams by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury
Royals by Joel Little

10:30 AM – PSJA Early College H.S., TX

PSJA Early College High School
San Juan, TX
DIRECTOR(S): John Garza
DRUM MAJOR(S): Olivia Trevino, Lilly Correa, and Kaitlyn Leal
REPERTOIRE: The Monster Within
Musical selections include:
Symphony No.10, Mvt. 2 – Shostakovich
Symphonic Metamorphosis Mvt 3. – Hindemith
New World Symphony Mvt 4. – Dvorak
Symphony No. 7, Mvt. 2 – Beethoven

10:45 AM – McAllen Memorial H.S., TX

McAllen Memorial High School
McAllen, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Angel L. Martinez, Jr.
DRUM MAJOR(S): Tyler Hess, Luis Martinez-Yanez, and Zander Wasielewski
Musical selections include:
Besame Ma Ma

11:00 AM – Santa Rosa H.S., TX

Santa Rosa High School
Santa Rosa, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Troy Laznovsky
DRUM MAJOR(S): Ava Perez, Aidan Perez, and Julian Gonzalez Jr.
I. Sakura: Cherry Blossoms
II. Toro Nagashi: River Lanterns
III. Ryujin: Dragon King

11:15 AM – Sharyland H.S., TX

Sharyland High School
Mission, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Marc A. Perea
DRUM MAJOR(S): Maxine Ygona, Madison Hernandez, and Jesus Martinez
Musical selections include:
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
It’s a Man’s World
Queen’s Gambit

12:15 PM – Del Rio H.S., TX

Del Rio High School
Del Rio, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Aldo Morales
DRUM MAJOR(S): Jocelyne Villa, Marion Moynihan, and Emmanuel Luevano
Musical selections include:
The X-Files Theme by Mark Snow
Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
New World Symphony by Antonín Dvorják
Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 by Howard Hanson
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Peter Graham
ContaXt by Carol Brittin Chambers

12:30 PM – United H.S., TX

United High School
Laredo, TX
DIRECTOR(S): John J. Mallon
DRUM MAJOR(S): Katalina Hernandez and Fabiola Castillo
Musical selections include Gustav Mahler’s Symphonies 1, 2, 4, and 5

12:45 PM – Port Isabel H.S., TX

Port Isabel High School
Port Isabel, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Ronnie Rios
DRUM MAJOR(S): Lily Perez
REPERTOIRE: A Wonderful World
Musical selections include:
A Wonderful World
What a Wonderful World
Symphonic Metamorphosis

1:00 PM – John B. Alexander H.S., TX

John B. Alexander High School
Laredo, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Joshua A. Martinez
DRUM MAJOR(S): Roel Sauceda, Cristian Canales Nochebuena, and Adrian Perez
REPERTOIRE: Tipping the Scales
Musical selections include:
Rocky Point Holiday by Nelson
Saturn by Holst
The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby
Changes by Tupac Shakur
Counterbalance by Stalter
Marsche Slave by Tchaikovsky
It’s Quiet Uptown/Unimaginable by Lin-Manuel Miranda

1:15 PM – Hidalgo Early College H.S., TX

Hidalgo Early College High School
Hidalgo, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Jorge Lozano
DRUM MAJOR(S): Jorge Vanegas and Natalie Camarillo
REPERTOIRE: Viva Picasso!
Featuring original compositions by Donald Hill and Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni

1:30 PM – Roma H.S., TX

Roma High School
Roma, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Dena Laurel
DRUM MAJOR(S): Joanna Garcia, Mitzy Victoria Hernandez, and Zazil Ivana Rodriguez
Musical selections include:
Imitation Game
Give Us This Day
Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7

1:45 PM – Sandra Day O’Connor H.S., TX

Sandra Day O’Connor High School
San Antonio, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Alfonso Alvarado
DRUM MAJOR(S): Lauren Garcia, Kyra Moore, Anna Kerr, and Lillian Chapa
Musical selections include:
Hypnotize – System of a Down
Sleep – Eric Whitacre
Mad World – Youngblood Brass Band
Wine Dark Sea, Movement III – John Mackey

2:00 PM – Louis D. Brandeis H.S., TX

Louis D. Brandeis High School
San Antonio, TX
DIRECTOR(S): Patrick Aguirre
DRUM MAJOR(S): Alexandra Reyes, Madeline Mencio, and Nicolas Bernal
REPERTOIRE: Reel of Suspense
Musical selections include works by Bernard Herrmann

2:30 PM – Presentation of Awards

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

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.


Visit the Spectator Guide for the stadium address, parking information, to order tickets online, and more.

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.

Tom Dean, Newburgh, IN – Music
Beth Fabrizio, Fairport, NY– Music
Stephen Meyer, Flagstaff, AZ – Music
Clif Walker, Kansas City, MO – Music
Jackie Gilley, Midwest City, OK– Visual
Kim Kuhn, Westland, MI– Visual
Randy Nelson, Jacksonville, FL– Visual
Richard Saucedo, Fishers, IN – Chief Judge

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.



Thank you to the McAllen ISD Bands for serving as host of today’s championship. McAllen ISD Bands volunteers are making today’s event happen!  Thank you to Jason Dunn and the McAllen ISD Bands.


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