Event Schedule

Prelims Schedule and Band Info

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Adjudication Panel

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In Exhibition


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Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Information subject to change.
Las Cruces, NM is in the Mountain Time Zone. Times shown are local times for Las Cruces.

Event Schedule

8:45 AM – Box Office Opens
9:15 AM – Stadium Gates Open
9:45 AM – Preliminary Competition Begins
11:30 AM – BREAK
12:15 PM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
1:45 PM – BREAK
2:30 PM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
4:00 PM – In Exhibition: New Mexico State University Band
4:15 PM – Presentation of Awards

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

Prelims Schedule & About the Bands

9:45 AM – Valencia H.S., NM

Valencia High School
Albuquerque, NM
DIRECTOR: Sergio Beraun 
DRUM MAJORS: Natalia Hernandez and Maggie Kelly-Karney
Musical selections include: 
Rise Up by Andra Day 
Wild Nights by John Adams 
Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber 
Original Music by Jeff Chambers 

10:00 AM – Alamogordo H.S., NM

Alamogordo High School
Alamogordo, NM
DIRECTORS: David Bouma and Lucas Jackson
DRUM MAJOR: Achilles Hunter
REPERTOIRE: Beyond the Palette
Musical selections include Artworks by Randall Standridge

10:15 AM – Eastlake H.S., TX
Eastlake High School
El Paso, TX
DIRECTOR: Nick Flood
DRUM MAJORS: Bianca Magallanes, Diego Desantiago, and Nathan Olivas
REPERTOIRE: Amore Eterno
Musical selections include:
Amor Eterno
La Fiesta Mexicana
Heroes, Lost and Fallen
10:30 AM – Bel Air H.S., TX

Bel Air High School 
El Paso, TX
DIRECTOR: Manny Talamantes 
DRUM MAJORS: Jocelyn Perez and Larissa Guerrero 
REPERTOIRE: Sweet Paradise  
Featuring the music of Chuck Mangione, Gene Wilder, Eurythmics, Coldplay, and Guns N’ Roses 

10:45 AM – Cibola H.S., NM

Cibola High School NM
Albuquerque, NM
DIRECTOR: Gabriel Velasco
DRUM MAJORS: Lily Rich and Vincent Vigil
REPERTOIRE: Dear Future Me…
Musical selections include:
A Promise of Living – Aaron Copeland
We Can Still Stop Her – Michael Giacchino
Apres Moi – Peter Gabriel
Over the Rainbow / Simple Gifts – Piano Guys

11:00 AM – Del Valle H.S., TX

Del Valle High School
El Paso, TX
DIRECTOR: Keith Morales
DRUM MAJORS: Itzel Soto and Aislynn Quezada
REPERTOIRE: The Warrior Within
Musical selections include:
The Warrior Within by Steve Vento
Into the Storm by Robert W. Smith

11:15 AM – Volcano Vista H.S., NM

Volcano Vista High School
Albuquerque, NM
DIRECTORS: Daniel Villanueva
DRUM MAJORS: Sam Bigger and Trenton Railey
REPERTOIRE: Call of the Sandias
Musical selections include:
Ecstasy of Gold, Ennio Morricone
Call of the Mountain- Joseph Curiale
Heart of Gold- Neil Young
Joy- Joseph Curiale

12:30 PM – Centennial H.S., NM

Centennial High School
Las Cruces, NM
DIRECTOR: Philip Ramos
DRUM MAJORS: Ai Khuyen Prasad and Max Rosenberg
Musical selections include:
Hand of Fate – Part 1, James Newton Howard
Beetlejuice (Main Theme), Danny Elfman
Moonlight Sonata, Ludwig van Beethoven
Requiem in D minor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

12:45 PM – Eldorado H.S., NM

Eldorado High School
Albuquerque, NM
DIRECTOR: Brad Dubbs
DRUM MAJORS: Jacob Olivas and Devin Torres
REPERTOIRE: Flight 2022
Musical selections include:
Rhapsody in Blue
One Day I’ll Fly Away
Learn to Fly
Mr. Blue Sky
Fly Away

1:00 PM – La Cueva H.S., NM

La Cueva High School
Albuquerque, NM
DIRECTOR: John Converse
DRUM MAJORS: Ivander Rodriguez, Allison Benham, and Cameron Bercier
Featuring Musical Selections by:
Scene 1 – Hans Zimmer, Frank Ticheli and Jonathan Elias
Scene 2 – John Mackey
Scene 3 – Rihanna

1:15 PM – Las Cruces H.S., NM

Las Cruces High School
Las Cruces, NM
DIRECTOR: Ty Frederick
DRUM MAJORS: Alijah Cabrales and Rixen Hernandez
REPERTOIRE: Summertime
Musical selections include:
Summertime Imaginarium
I See the Light
Take Me Out to The Ballgame
Stars and Stripes for Ever
The 1812 Overture

1:30 PM – Cienega H.S., AZ

Cienega High School
Vail, AZ
DIRECTOR: Grant Knox
DRUM MAJORS: Hayley Nielson and Caden Eldredge
REPERTOIRE: Once Upon A Time
Musical selections include:
Themes from Mvt. 4 of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz
Original Music from Matt Hightower and Josh Powell

2:30 PM – Clovis H.S., NM

Clovis High School
Clovis, NM
DIRECTOR: Bill Allred
DRUM MAJORS: Kalynn Eggert, Adriana Mulgado, and Abigail Gutierrez
REPERTOIRE: Points of Reflection
Musical selections include:
Through A Looking Glass by Jess Turner
The Parting Glass by Matt Conaway
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

2:45 PM – Grapevine H.S., TX

Grapevine High School
Grapevine, TX
DIRECTORS: William Redd and James Rees
DRUM MAJORS: Audrey Leckey and Nandini Senthilkumar
REPERTOIRE: The Elements of Design: Line. Shape. Color.
Musical selections include:
Concerto Fantasy 2000 – Philip Glass
Real Rain – Randy Newman
Silver Fanfare – Peter Boyer

3:00 PM – Organ Mountain H.S., NM

Organ Mountain High School
Las Cruces, NM
DIRECTOR: Shawn Silva
DRUM MAJORS: Kendrick Frank, Emily Krowl, and Legion Delaurentis
REPERTOIRE: Unidentified
Musical selections include:
2815 A. D. from Wall-E
Alien by Andrew Markworth
UFO by Michael Daugherty
Stranger Things Main Theme
Spaceship from Wall-E

3:15 PM – Riverside H.S., TX

Riverside High School
El Paso, TX
DIRECTOR: Jason Lauturner
DRUM MAJOR: Felipe Ortiz
REPERTOIRE: The Princess and The Frog
Musical selections include:
The Glade
Ever After

3:30 PM – Canutillo H.S., TX

Canutillo High School
El Paso, TX
DIRECTOR: Dr. Regino Ramos, Jr.
DRUM MAJORS: Lily Garcia and Morrigan Marin
REPERTOIRE: Witch Doctor

3:45 PM- Eastwood H.S., TX

Eastwood High School
El Paso, TX
DIRECTOR: John A Matthews II
DRUM MAJORS: Eric Daniel, Michael Barlow, Lori Macias, and Edgar Malave
REPERTOIRE: Sirens of the Sand
Musical selections include:
Shapons Vindaloo by Snarky Puppy
Spices, Perfumes, and Toxins by Avner Dorman
Original Works by Rob Stein

4:00 PM – Andrews H.S., TX

Andrews High School
Andrews, TX
DIRECTOR: Gary Wayne Winner
DRUM MAJORS: Dalya Murillo, Chalen Osborn, and George Wagner
REPERTOIRE: Giver of Life
Musical selections include:
Down by the River
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
The River by Garth Brooks

4:15 PM – In Exhibition: New Mexico State University Pride of New Mexico

We are proud to welcome The Pride of New Mexico Marching Band in exhibition.

Learn more about The Pride of New Mexico Marching Band.

4:30 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.


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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.

Martin Griffin, Toms River, NJ – Music
Nola Jones, Nashville, TN – Music
John Meehan, Martinez, CA – Music
Jodie Rhodes, Canyon Lake, TX – Music
Sal Adamo, Belleville, NJ – Visual
Tony Cimino, Salem, OR – Visual
Deborah Torchia, Peabody, MA – Visual
John Phillips, Cape Coral, FL – 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.


Saturday, September 17, 4:00 PM


The PRIDE of New Mexico is the official marching band of New Mexico State University. Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the PRIDE is comprised of several hundred of the finest musicians and dancers in the country.

Learn more about The Pride of New Mexico Marching Band



Thank you to The Pride of New Mexico Marching Band, New Mexico State University, for serving as host of today’s championship. The Pride of New Mexico members are making today’s event happen!  Thank you to Dr. Steven Smyth, Associate Director of Bands and Music Education Coordinator at New Mexico State University, and the members and staff of The Pride of New Mexico.


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