Event Schedule

Prelims Schedule and Band Info

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Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Information subject to change.

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Event Schedule

Finals Schedule

6:00 PM – Gates Open
6:30 PM – National Anthem
     Special On-Field Welcome

7:00 p.m. – Thomas Jefferson H.S. for Science and Technology, VA
7:15 p.m. – Lightridge H.S., VA
7:30 p.m. – Westfield H.S., NJ
7:45 p.m. – West Genesee H.S., NY
8:00 p.m. – Edison H.S., NJ
8:15 p.m. – Mill Creek H.S., GA
8:30 p.m. – Green Hope H.S., NC
8:45 p.m. – Baldwinsville H.S., NY
9:00 p.m. – Fort Mill H.S., SC
9:15 p.m. – James Madison H.S., VA
9:30 p.m. – Independence H.S., VA
9:45 p.m. – Kiski Area H.S., PA

Prelims Schedule

6:45 AM – Box Office Opens
7:45 AM – Preliminary Competition Begins
9:15 AM – BREAK
9:45 AM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
11:45 AM – LUNCH
12:15 PM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
2:00 PM – BREAK
2:15 PM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
4:15 PM – Preliminary Competition Ends
     Exhibition: Univ. of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Marching Band
5:00 PM – Finalist Directors Meeting
     Stadium Cleared – Dinner Break

6:00 PM – Gates Open
6:30 PM – National Anthem
     Special On-Field Welcome
6:45 PM – Class Exhibition (If Needed)
7:00 PM – First Performing Finalist Band
10:00 PM – Finals Competition Ends
     Class Exhibition (If Needed)

Prelims Schedule & About the Bands

7:45 AM – Susquehannock H.S., PA
Susquehannock High School
Glen Rock, PA
Director: Christian Poole
Drum Majors: Jocelyn Davis and Elaine Paulk
Musical selections include: “Come One Come All,” “Under the Big Top,” “Death Defying Acts”
8:00 AM – South County H.S., VA
South County High School
Lorton, VA
Director: Kevin Engdahl
Drum Majors: JC Canlas and Duncan Cummings
REPERTOIRE: “Out of the Box”
Musical selections include: “Music Box Dancer” by Frank Mills, “Jukebox Hero” by Foreigner, “Heart Shaped Box” by Nirvana, and “Extreme Makeover” by Johan de Meij
8:15 AM – Cab Calloway School of the Arts, DE
Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Wilmington, DE
Director: James Tharp
Drum Major: Adhira Akala
Musical selections include: Original Music by Kevin Shah and Mike Jackson
8:30 AM – Bridgewater-Raritan H.S.,NJ
Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Bridgewater, NJ
Director: Nicholas Mossa
Drum Major: Jasmine Saini
REPERTOIRE: Going For Gold
Musical selections include: “Foundry” by John Mackey, “Clair De Lune” by Claude Debussy, and “The Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone
8:45 AM – Dominion H.S., VA
Dominion High School
Ashburn, VA
Director: Ryan Rowles
Drum Majors: Aaryan Pandey and Kayley Sanchez Forbes
REPERTOIRE: Wanderlust
Musical selections include: “New World Symphony,” “Simple Gifts,” “Kingfishers Catch Fire,” “Pure Imagination,” and “What A Wonderful World”
9:00 AM – Cumberland Valley H.S., PA
Cumberland Valley High School
Mechanicsburg, PA
Director: Dave Porter
Drum Major: Zach Arcega
REPERTOIRE: Adventure is Calling
Musical selections include: “Digging Up the Past” from Jumanji, by Henry Jackman & Halli Cauthery; “The Jumanji Overture” from Jumanji, by Henry Jackman & Halli Cauthery; “Jungle Cruise Suite” from Jungle Cruise, by James Newton Howard; and “Trust In Me” from The Jungle Book, by Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman
9:45 AM – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, PA
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA
Director: Steve Ballard
Drum Majors: Hannah Bang, Arthur Prudius, Lex Funk, and Nivika Gandhi
REPERTOIRE: Solstice: Ode to the Longest Night
Musical selections include: Soundtrack from “Samson and Delilah” by Victor Young, “Dark Night of the Soul” by Ola Gjeilo, “Run Boy Run” by Ambroise Willaume and Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid), and “An Alpine Symphony” by Richard Strauss.
10:00 AM – West Genesee H.S., NY
West Genesee High School
Camillus, NY
Director: Kevin Dimmel
Drum Major: Sean Alvaro
Musical selections include: “Shannon Falls” by Ralph Ford and “Into the Raging River” by Stephen Reineke
10:15 AM – Mechanicsburg Area Senior H.S., PA
Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School
Mechanicsburg, PA
Director: Ben Goldsborough
Drum Majors: Maggie Sims and Benjamin Wenger
REPERTOIRE: “Fractured”
Musical selections include: Original composition by Ian Grom and John Mapes
10:30 AM – Westfield H.S., NJ
Westfield High School
Westfield, NJ
Directors: Chris Vitale and Trevor Sindorf
Drum Majors: Jessica Strauss and Sarah Lincoln
Musical selections include: “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts, “Radar Love” by Golden Earring, “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, “Ride” by Samuel Hazo, and “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X
10:45 AM – Mt. Lebanon H.S., PA
Mt. Lebanon High School
Pittsburgh, PA
Director: Jason Cheskawich
Drum Major: Martina Jarek^
REPERTOIRE: 4 Every Season
Musical selections include: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter – Music composed/arranged by John Fannin & Matt Hightower
11:00 AM – Rock Ridge H.S., VA
Rock Ridge High School
Ashburn, VA
Director: Justin Ratcliff
Drum Majors: Bella Pillgreen and Parv Gosai
REPERTOIRE: History has its eye on you
Musical selections include: “Variations on a Little Fugue”, “History Has Its Eyes on You”; “Somebody’s Watching Me” and “Paint It Black”
11:15 AM – Hempfield H.S., PA
Hempfield High School
Landisville, PA
Director: Matthew Ceresini
Drum Major: John Rossi
Musical selections include: Original Music by Fred Emory Smith and John Mapes and “Gymnopédie No.1” by Erik Satie
11:30 AM – Freedom H.S., VA
Freedom High School
Aldie, VA
Director: Jonathan Schiffler
Drum Majors: Miles Goldberger, Anya Anand, and Isabella Lopez
REPERTOIRE: Club Freedom
Musical selections include: Original compositions by Andrew Markworth
12:15 PM – Lightridge H.S., VA
Lightridge High School
Aldie, VA
Directors: Jonathan Phillip, Jamieson Carr, and Jacob Zerega
Drum Majors: Neha Amarnath, Chris Kim, Tatiana Waters, and Nikki Kumar
Musical selections include: “William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini; “Red Pony” by Aaron Copland; “Absurdity” by Hans Zimmer; “A Nice Ride” by Randy Newman; and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
12:30 PM – Mill Creek H.S., GA
Mill Creek High School
Hoschton, GA
Director: Dean Patterson
Drum Majors: Alex Kahiga, Ava Oldman, and Courtney Ellis
Musical selections include: “Trilogy” by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; “Feel this Moment” by Pitbull; “Tomorrow” from Annie; “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
12:45 PM – Urbana H.S., MD
Urbana High School
Ijamsville, MD
Director: Mike Harrison
Drum Majors: Neetya Patel, Stephanie Price, and Casey Wehr
REPERTOIRE: Urbana twenty-two: Her Fall Collection
Musical selections include: “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel, “Puttin’ on The Ritz” by Irving Berlin, “You Don’t Own Me” by John Madara and David White, “These Boots Are Made for Walking” by Lee Hazlewood, and “Dangerous Woman” by Johan Carlson, Ross Golan and Max Martin.
1:00 PM – John Champe H.S., VA
John Champe High School
Aldie, VA
Directors: Adam Foreman and Jason Miller
Drum Majors: Margaret Kinzer, Ashish Muppidi, and Haarika Nandula
Musical selections include: “Bright Blue” by Michael Torke, “Symphony No. 5” by Sergei Prokofiev, “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles, “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss, and “The Summit” by Carol Brittin Chambers
1:15 PM – Spring-Ford H.S., PA
Spring-Ford High School
Royersford, PA
Director: Seth Jones
Drum Majors: Danielle Flad, Rebecca Texter, and Jonah Nice
REPERTOIRE: Spring-Ford Studios Presents
Musical selections include: Original Music by Jeff Chambers, Michael Lalli, and Tim Mitchell
1:30 PM – Trumbull H.S., CT
Trumbull High School
Trumbull, CT
Director: Josh Murphy
Drum Majors: Noah Lafond and Lizzie Steeves
Musical selections include: “Wine Dark Sea,” “Coronation,” “Eurielle,” and “Collide”
1:45 PM – Edison H.S., NJ
Edison High School
Edison, NJ
Director: Marc DeNicuolo
Drum Majors: Sneha Rajagopalan, Theo Higgins-Griffith, and Akshay Khatri
Musical selections include: “Dies Irae” by Guiseppi Verdi, “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon, “The Great Gate of Kiev” by Modest Mussorgsky
2:15 PM – Boyertown Area Senior H.S., PA
Boyertown Area Senior High School
Boyertown, PA
Director: Brian Langdon
Drum Majors: Ryleigh Ehst, Ashley Sandberg, and Natalia Bradley
Musical selections include: “Symphony No. 7, Movement 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Meglomaniac” by Incubus, and “Funeral March for Rikard Nordvak” by Edvard Grieg
2:30 PM – Unionville H.S., PA
Unionville High School
Kennett Square, PA
Director: Edward Otto
Drum Majors: Abby Mangan and Cameran Costello
REPERTOIRE: Fulcanelli
Musical selections include: “Merry-Go-Round of Life” by Joe Hisaishi; “The Lighthouse Keeper” by Sam Smith, and “Stained Glass” by David Gillingham
2:45 PM – James Madison H.S., AZ
James Madison High School
Vienna, VA
Director: Michael Hackbarth
Drum Majors: Joshua Liu and Claire Williams
REPERTOIRE: The Candy Shoppe
Musical selections include: “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, “The Cakewalk” from “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett, “Make Our Garden Grow “by Leonard Bernstein, “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, and “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow.
3:00 PM – Fort Mill H.S., SC
Fort Mill High School
Fort Mill, SC
Director: Ren Patel
3:15 AM – Baldwinsville H.S., NY
Baldwinsville High School
Baldwinsville, NY
Director: Casey Vanderstouw
Drum Majors: Katrina McCartney and Marissa Gilliland
REPERTOIRE: Flame-ingo
Musical selections include: “Arrival of the Birds” by Dominic Peter Smith and Jason Swincoe, “Crimson Wings” by Adam Hyman, “I See Fire” (From “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) by Edward Christopher Sheeran, and “The Firebird Suite” by Igor Stravinsky
3:30 PM – Independence H.S., VA
Independence High School
Ashburn, VA
Directors: Kyle Harrington and Amanda Young
Drum Majors: Michelle Wiant and Kato Watsen
Musical selections include: Part 1: Original Music by Tim Adeuya and Kyle Harrington; Part 2: “Scramble” by Todd Stalter; Part 3: Overture to the Motion Picture “Dancer in the Dark” by Bjork; Part 4: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg
3:45 PM – Green Hope H.S., NC
Green Hope High School
Cary, NC
Director: Creighton Flowers
Drum Majors: Allen Yao and Aiden Moran-Bates
REPERTOIRE: Conversations
Musical selections include: “Sonata Pian e forte” by Giovani Gabrieli; “Orawa” by Wojciech Kilar; “There’s no place like home” by Michael Giacchino; and “Level Up” by Vienna Teng
4:00 PM – Kiski Area H.S., PA
Kiski Area High School
Vandergrift, PA
Director: Shawn Pityk
Drum Majors: Gianna Kraus, Sophie Smietana, and Lindsay Bush
REPERTOIRE: Corners of My Mind
4:15 PM – Ex. Univ. of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Marching Band
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.

Bob Chreste, Spring, TX – Music
Matt Harloff, Avon, IN – Music
Jarrett Lipman, San Antonio, TX – Music
Bryen Warfield, Fort Wayne, IN – Music
Chris Kaflik, Brownsburg, IN – Visual
Bret Mascaro, Collegeville, PA – Visual
Kyle Miller, Las Vegas, NV – 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.




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