DeMoulin Challenge South bringing top names to Chattanooga

Select performance times available at Oct. 2 event

As preparations continue for the inaugural season of the DeMoulin Challenge, top names from the world of competitive marching bands – both on the field and in the press box - are coming together to make this event a success in its first year.

Finley Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga will host the first DeMoulin Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 2, bringing together 20 competitive marching bands, vying for 10 coveted Challenge finalist slots in a first-of-its kind prelim/final competition for the US Scholastic Band Association. 

The adjudication panel for the DeMoulin Challenge South in Chattanooga is loaded with some of the best judging talent in the country which is a great opportunity for bands, especially given the early date for the event. 

Tentatively schedule to judge are:

Beverly Brahan (MS-Guard)
Al DiCroce (FL-Effect)
Terry Holliday (KY-Effect)
George Hopkins (PA-Ensemble & Effect)
Jason Ihnat (MI-Percussion)
Larry Markiewicz (NJ- Music Individual)
April Martinez (FL- Guard)
Marcos Martinez (FL-Visual)
Marc Sylvester (NY-Visual)  

A select listing of bands already registered for the inaugural DeMoulin Challenge South reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of competitive marching band in the Southeast.  Included in the line-up are bands the likes of: Chattahoochee (GA), Cleveland (TN), George Rogers Clark (KY), Independence (TN), LaVergne (TN), Mount Juliet (TN), and Soddy Daisy (TN), amongst others. 

The Challenge series combines the best features of the USSBA, including double panels of high quality judges providing commentary and post-competition critiques, with new competitive features such as a 20 band preliminary and 10 band final format with the awarding of an overall Challenge Champion to create an entire new echelon of premium competitive events. 

The preliminary competition will be divided into two segments of competition based on band group size as determined by the total number of performers.  Division I will feature competition between bands with groups of 77 members or less.  Bands with 78 members or more will compete in Division II.  The top five bands from both Division I and II will fill the 10 Finalist positions. Finalist performance order will be determined by random draw.  Group champion awards for overall placement and caption awards will be announced at the end of the preliminary competition, with Finalist caption awards presented during the awards ceremony regardless of Group.  

Admission for Challenge series preliminaries will be $12 with Finalist tickets being sold for $18.  All non-performing band members will be allowed into the stadium for finals free of charge.   

Registration for the DeMoulin Challenge is $795 and is open to the first 20 bands regardless of size who subscribe to participate in the event.  Performance times will be determined by random draw on or about Sept. 15. 

CLICK HERE to register your band now to participate in the DeMoulin Challenge South. 

For more information on the 2010 DeMoulin Challenge in Tennessee, please contact Jonathan Swengler at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 113, or by email at jonathan@yea.org.

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