BANDS OF AMERICA

WEST HOUSTON REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

PRESENTED BY YAMAHA

Event Schedule

Prelims Schedule and Band Info

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Adjudication Panel

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In Exhibition

FAQs

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Published on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Information subject to change.

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

Event Schedule

Finals Schedule

6:30 PM – GATES OPEN
7:00 PM – National AnthemSpecial On-Field Welcome

7:15 p.m. – Class AA: Liberal Arts and Science Academy, TX
7:30 p.m. – Cypress Woods High School, TX
7:45 p.m. – Oak Ridge High School, TX
8:00 p.m. – Lake Travis High School, TX
8:15 p.m. – Seven Lakes High School, TX
8:30 p.m. – Foster High School, TX
8:45 p.m. – Friendswood High School, TX
9:00 p.m. – Pearland High School, TX
9:15 p.m. – Cedar Ridge High School, TX
9:30 p.m. – Cy-Fair High School, TX
9:45 p.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, TX
10:00 p.m. – Stephen F. Austin High School, TX
10:15 p.m. – Ronald Reagan High School, TX
10:30 p.m. – Class A: Franklin High School, TX

10:45 PM – FINALE – PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Prelims Schedule

6:30 AM – Box Office Opens
7:00 AM – STADIUM GATES OPEN
7:30 AM – Preliminary Competition Begins

9:30 AM – BREAK
10:15 AM – Preliminary Competition Resumes

1:00 PM – LUNCH
1:45 PM – Preliminary Competition Resumes
4:45 PM – Preliminary Competition Ends
Exhibition: Univ. of Houston Spirit of Houston Marching Band

5:00 PM – PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
All Competing Band Drum Majors
5:30 PM – Finalist Directors Meeting
Stadium Cleared
Dinner Break

6:30 PM – GATES OPEN
7:00 PM – National AnthemSpecial On-Field Welcome
7:15 PM – Class Exhibition (If Needed)
7:30 PM – First Performing Finalist Band
10:30 PM – Finals Competition EndsClass Exhibition (If Needed)

10:45 PM – FINALE – PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Prelims Schedule & About the Bands

7:30 AM – Tomball Memorial H.S., TX
Tomball Memorial High School
Tomball, TX

DIRECTOR:
Andy Easton
DRUM MAJORS: Natalie King, Kate Carter, Justin Vo, and Marinda Ashby

REPERTOIRE:
Mood Swings
Musical selections include: Original music by Richard Saucedo.
7:45 AM – Franklin H.S., TX
Franklin High School
Franklin, TX

DIRECTOR:
Neal Woolworth
DRUM MAJOR: Aaron Smith

REPERTOIRE:
Across the Universe by Luke McMillan
Musical selections include: 1. Beyond the Stars 2. Across the Universe 3. Into the Cosmos
8:00 AM – Obra D. Tompkins H.S., TX
Obra D. Tompkins High School
Katy, TX

DIRECTOR:
Stephen Bond
DRUM MAJORS: Breanna Rowan, Spencer Cruz, Amari Lewis, Ryleigh Loveless, and Jessica Okonkwo

REPERTOIRE:
Somewhere Only We Know
Musical selections include: “Color and Light” by Stephen Sondheim; “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane; “Pumpkin Pursuit” by Patrick Doyle; “Sunday (from Sunday in the Park With George)” by Stephen Sondheim
8:15 AM – Seven Lakes H.S., TX
Seven Lakes High School
Katy, TX

DIRECTOR:
John Mays
DRUM MAJORS: Maddy Heintz, Ben Bush, Zilu Cheng, Matthew Corrigan, and Gabby Quesada

REPERTOIRE:
SSH!
Musical selections include: Overture to ‘The School for Scandal’ by Samuel Barber; “Our Lips Are Sealed” by the Go-Go’s; “Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta” by Bela Bartok
8:30 AM – Friendswood H.S., TX
Friendswood High School
Friendswood, TX

DIRECTOR:
Brett Nelson
DRUM MAJORS: Ariana Lopez, Mohamad Moussaoui, Nicole McGill, and Lacey Drouet

REPERTOIRE:
Step in Time
Musical selections include: the music of Richard and Robert Sherman
8:45 AM – Pearland H.S., TX
Pearland High School
Pearland, TX

DIRECTOR:
Ryan Demkovich
DRUM MAJORS: Ryan Secrest, Katelyn Nguyen, Tia Evans, Rebeca Sorto, and Brooke Wilson

REPERTOIRE:
Pegasus
Musical selections include: Music by Gibson, Hanson, Morricone, and Gibbons.
9:00 AM – Cypress Woods H.S., TX
Cypress Woods High School
Cypress, TX

DIRECTOR:
Tom Harrington
DRUM MAJORS: Carson Davis, Elizabeth Guerrieri, Jeremy Santiago, Audrey Schmid, and Tara Tran-Huu

REPERTOIRE:
“Shenanigans”
Musical selections include: “The River Sings” by Enya; “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcolm Arnold; “Riverdance” by Bill Whelan
9:15 AM – James E. Taylor H.S., TX
James E. Taylor High School
Katy, TX

DIRECTOR:
Mike Ary
DRUM MAJORS: Kendall Reese, Catalina Barrientes, Courtney Shaffer, Ella Jackson, and Suzuko Kiriyama

REPERTOIRE:
Heart Strings
Musical selections include: “Prelude in C Major” by Bach; Cindy McTee’s “Twitter Machine by Cindy McTee; “My Heart and I” by Ennio Morricone; original music by John Meehan.
10:15 AM – Clear Springs H.S., TX
Clear Springs High School
League City, TX

DIRECTOR:
Lester Williams
DRUM MAJORS: Kylie Hill, Peyton Nishino, and Marc Obrzut

REPERTOIRE:
The Hive
Musical selections include: Promentory from “The Last of the Mohicans” by Krump, African Tango by Beba Yetu
10:30 AM – Lake Travis H.S., TX
Lake Travis High School
Austin, TX

DIRECTOR:
Richard Hicks
DRUM MAJORS: Quinlan Collins, Rylan Collins, McKenna Flores, and Nathan Murdock

REPERTOIRE:
The Seeds Contain the Years
Musical selections include: “Olive Orchard” from Picture Studies; “Escape” from Symphony Number 2: Migration; “Wine” from Finding Rothko; and “Pictures in Flight” from Picture Studies – All by Adam Schoenberg
10:45 AM – Clear Creek H.S., TX
Clear Creek High School
League City, TX

DIRECTOR:
Tate Fincher
DRUM MAJORS: Maddison Geer, Fabian Gonzalez, Scott Nickl, and Patrick Van Cise

REPERTOIRE:
Storm Warning
Musical selections include: A Storm is Coming, Through the Looking Glass, Stormy Weather, and Here Comes the Sun
11:00 AM – Clear Brook H.S., TX
Clear Brook High School
Friendswood, TX

DIRECTOR:
Robert Beavers
DRUM MAJORS: Angela Lostaunau, Isabella Bortolotti, Ariella Calili, and Evelyn Cortes

REPERTOIRE:
PARADISO
Musical selections include: “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten, “New World” by Bjork, “Adagio for Tron” by Daft Punk, “Audivi Media Nocte” by Oliver Waespi, “Triumph of Time” by Peter Graham, “Pure Imagination (from Ready Player One)” by Bryan Thanh Nguyen, and “Fly to Paradise” by Eric Whitacre.
11:15 AM – Paetow H.S., TX
Paetow High School
Katy, TX

DIRECTOR:
Greg Redner
DRUM MAJORS: Jonathan Arredondo, Brianna Jonhson, Christian Mitchell, and Brian Rivera

REPERTOIRE:
New Year’s Eve
Musical selections include: Rhapsody in Blue; What Are You Doing; New Year’s Eve; Auld Lang Syne
11:30 AM – Foster H.S., TX
Foster High School
Richmond, TX

DIRECTOR:
Erich Sonnier
DRUM MAJORS: Francina Lulgjuraj, Hope Berry, and Claire Fithen

REPERTOIRE:
Becoming Vincent
Musical selections include: “Claire de Lune” by Debussy; “Vincent” by Don McClean; “Serenada Schizophrana” by Danny Elfman; Original Composition by Vince Oliver
11:45 AM – Stephen F. Austin H.S., TX
Stephen F. Austin High School
Houston, TX

DIRECTOR:
Adrian Caswell
DRUM MAJORS: Kate Johnson, Raya Johnson, and Bryce Williams

REPERTOIRE:
U.S.O. Forever
Musical selections include: “Millennium Canons” by Kevin Puts; “Awayday” by Adam Gorb; “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrews Sisters; “America The Beautiful” by Traditional; “Yankee Doodle” by Traditional
12:00 PM – Cy-Fair H.S., TX
Cy-Fair High School
Cypress, TX

DIRECTOR:
John Nelson
DRUM MAJORS: Trina Goetz, Evan Parker, Dannie Toltecatl, and Ellen Zhang

REPERTOIRE:
Vanish
Musical selections include: Original composition by Bryan Harmsen
12:15 PM – Liberal Arts and Science Academy, TX
Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Austin, TX

DIRECTOR:
Ponder East
DRUM MAJORS: Tony Lin, Aaryan Sharma, and Surabhi Karighattam

REPERTOIRE:
The Manhattan Project
Musical selections include: “Dr. Atomic” by John Adams; “Salvation Is Created” by Pavel Tchesnokov; “Lt. Kije” by Sergei Prokofiev; “Russians” by Sting
12:30 PM – Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson High School
San Antonio, TX

DIRECTORS:
Jarrett Lipman and Robert Lozano
DRUM MAJORS: Joshua Scheel, Vivian Medina, Lauren Zagrzecki, Charles Serrano, Marco Lomeli, and Andrew Chacon

REPERTOIRE:
Out There
Musical selections include: Gustav Holst, Bob Thiele & George David Weiss, Hans Zimmer, and Elton John with original music by Carol Brittin Chambers, Kris Hartman, and Jordan Stern.
12:45 PM – Cypress Ranch H.S., TX
Cypress Ranch High School
Cypress, TX

DIRECTOR:
Alex Denton
DRUM MAJORS: McKenzie McArthur, Rachel King, Victoria Sconce, and Zachary Harper

REPERTOIRE:
Jekyll and Hyde
Musical selections include: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone; “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saens; “Symphony No. 10” by Shostakovich; “Creep” By Radiohead; “Smile” – by Nat King Cole; music by Carol Brittin Chambers
1:45 PM – Cedar Ridge H.S., TX
Cedar Ridge High School
Round Rock, TX

DIRECTOR:
Dan Musacchio
DRUM MAJORS: Ashok Shaji, Nayla Diab, and Reece Ababao

REPERTOIRE:
In the Midnight Hour
Musical selections include: Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No.10 in e minor; Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell
2:00 PM – Cypress Park H.S., TX
Cypress Park High School
Cypress, TX

DIRECTOR:
Robert Barfield
DRUM MAJORS: Diana Romero, Anna Pixton, and Leah Deschamps

REPERTOIRE:
Magical
Musical selections include: The Magic Flute, When You Believe, Do You Believe in Magic, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
2:15 PM – Cinco Ranch H.S., TX
Cinco Ranch High School
Fulshear, TX

DIRECTOR:
Ray Jones
DRUM MAJORS: Jack Kimble, Cade Mandel, Taylor Mechura, and Kylie Rosenquist

REPERTOIRE:
Out of Touch
Musical selections include: Original Music by Bryan Harmsen; “On the Shoulders of Giants” by Peter Graham; “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd
2:30 PM – Cypress Falls H.S., TX
Cypress Falls High School
Houston, TX

DIRECTOR:
Ryan Mohney
DRUM MAJORS: Benjamin Roberts, Hannah Clegg, and Kevin Nguyen

REPERTOIRE:
Shattered
Musical selections include: “Overture 1928” by Dream Theater; “Stained Glass” by David Gillingham; “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
2:45 PM – Dawson H.S., TX
Dawson High School
Pearland, TX

DIRECTOR:
Aaron Brown
DRUM MAJORS: Ben Cummings, Emma Balsamo, James Williams III, and Janna Jing

REPERTOIRE:
Mercurial World
Musical selections include: The Queen Symphony by Tolga Kashif
3:00 PM – Little Cypress-Mauriceville H.S., TX
Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School
Orange, TX

DIRECTOR:
Israel Castaneda
DRUM MAJORS: Brooklyn Leonard, Madison McDonald, and Abigail Shelly

REPERTOIRE:
Hack3d
Musical selections include: Symphony No. 5, Ah-Ha!, Hymn of Acxiom, Virus Attack
3:15 AM – Katy H.S., TX
Katy High School
Katy, TX

DIRECTOR:
Terence Gorton
DRUM MAJORS: Isabella Nass, Donald Nagle, Katherine Sand, and Colton Comiski

REPERTOIRE:
The Thread of Fates
Musical selections include: “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berloz; “Symphony No. 4” by Gustov Mahler; “When The Party’s Over”by Billie Eilish
3:30 PM – Oak Ridge H.S., TX
Oak Ridge High School
Conroe, TX

DIRECTOR:
Jerriald Dillard
DRUM MAJORS: Aldo Villanueva, Sophie McQuiller, Nathan Pierce, and Brooklynn Termin

REPERTOIRE:
UP UP AND AWAY!!!
Musical selections include: “Aurora Awakes” by John Mackey; “Firefly” by Ryan George; “Finale of East of Eden” by Lee Holdridge; “To Tame The Perilous Skies” by David Holsinger
3:45 PM – Churchill Fulshear H.S., TX
Churchill Fulshear High School
Fulshear, TX

DIRECTOR:
Andrew Lee
DRUM MAJORS: Maheen Shujaat, Teji Gboboh, and Andy Jacobson

REPERTOIRE:
Dreamland
Musical selections include: Eleanor Rigby, In Your Eyes
4:00 PM – Morton Ranch H.S., TX
Morton Ranch High School
Katy, TX

DIRECTOR:
Christopher Brown
DRUM MAJORS: Marissa Holt, Raashad Moore, and Logan Pedersen

REPERTOIRE:
Under the Big Top
Musical selections include: “Satiric Dances” by Norman Dello Joio; “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman by Pasek and Paul; “Circus” by Britney Spears; “Finale” from Carnival of the Animals by C. Saint-Saens
4:15 AM – Brazoswood H.S., TX
Brazoswood High School
Clute, TX

DIRECTOR:
Martin Montoya
DRUM MAJORS: Yara Diaz-Trevino, Layne Kotzur, Emily Harvey, and Jareth Rodriguez

REPERTOIRE:
Fair Winds and Following Seas
Musical selections include: “The Perfect Storm” by James Horner; “Pegasus” by John Gibson; “Sea Interludes” by Benjamin Britten; “Eternal Father” & “Strong to Save” by John Dykes; “Sogno di Volare” by Christopher Tin
4:30 PM – Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
Ronald Reagan High School
San Antonio, TX

DIRECTOR:
Greg White
DRUM MAJORS: Addie Mullins, Emma Newby, Kate Schuenemann, and Aidan Veith

REPERTOIRE:
In Plain Sight
Musical selections include: “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber; “In Plain Sight” by Aaron Guidry and Ray Ulibarri
5:00 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.

David Carbone . Bluffton, SC – Β Music
Nola Jones, Nashville, TN – Music
Paul McGarr, Brantford, Ontario, CA – Music
Kyle Young, Carmel, IN – Music
Bruce Jones, Dayton, OH – Visual
Kim Kuhn, Westland, MI – Visual
Phil Madden, Portland, OR – 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.Β 

FAQs

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):
β€’ Class A – 600 or fewer
β€’ Class AA – 601 -1325
β€’ Class AAA – 1326 -1850
β€’ 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.

IN EXHIBITION: University of Houston Spirit of Houston Marching Band
Saturday, October 1, 4:45 PM

THANK YOU TO OUR HOST

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON!!

Thank you to University of Houston for serving as host of today’s championship. University of Houston volunteers are making today’s event happen! Thank you to Katy H.S., Damon ArcherΒ and the University of Houston.

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