DeMoulin Challenge on Saturday features prelim/finals format

Fan Guide: Tickets, line-ups, step off times and more!

Rutgers University will host The DeMoulin Challenge on Oct. 16, the first time the USSBA has held an event at the 52,000 capacity stadium.

The US Scholastic Band Association has a fantastic show in the works as the team puts the final touches on their new format event, The DeMoulin Challenge at Rutgers. The Oct. 16 showcase is a first of its kind event for the Association that includes a preliminary/finals format featuring 26 bands that compete in the first half, 15 of which move onto finals competition in the evening.

At first sight, band students, family and fans will be in awe of the Rutgers University Stadium that seats 52,454 spectators and carries a rich history that dates back to its predecessors beginning in 1869. (Read the complete history of the stadium by CLICKING HERE.)

The DeMoulin Challenge at Rutgers begins at 11 a.m. with gates opening at 10 a.m.

Tickets:
Admission for DeMoulin Challenge Rutgers is $15 during Prelims competition. Tickets for Preliminaries are available online for advanced purchase. Finals tickets are $18 and will be sold at the entrance gate only. The stadium will be cleared between Prelims and Finals competition.

All non-performing band members are invited to return to watch the Finals segment free of charge! 

PURCHASE PRELIMS TICKETS ONLINE
(Pick Up at Will Call the day of the show)

Spectator Parking:
Spectators will park in the Scarlet Lot. Fee is $10 per vehicle 

Directions:
Garden State Parkway Southbound:
Turn off at Exit 129 for the New Jersey Turnpike and head south. Turn off at Exit 9, bear right after the tollbooths and follow signs for “Route 18 North – New Brunswick.” Stay to the left to continue on Route 18 North. Proceed along Route 18 North, crossing the Raritan River (approximately 3.7 miles). Continue on Route 18 North. Proceed up Route 18 to the Campus Rd. exit ramp on the right. Follow Campus Rd. and make the first left onto Sutphen Rd. Follow Sutphen Rd. through and the Hale Center and Rutgers Football Stadium will be on your left.

Garden State Parkway Northbound:
Turn off at Exit 105 and follow signs for Route 18 North. After approximately 24 miles, you will pass the entrance for the New Jersey Turnpike. Proceed along Route 18 North, crossing the Raritan River (approximately 3.7 miles). Continue on Route 18 North. Proceed up Route 18 to the Campus Rd. exit ramp on the right. Follow Campus Rd. and make the first left onto Sutphen Rd. Follow Sutphen Rd. through and the Hale Center and Rutgers Football Stadium will be on your left.

Interstate 287:
Turn off at Exit 9 “Bound Brook/Highland Park." Proceed East on River Road toward Highland Park. Continue on River Road and you will pass under the overpass for Route 18. Make the next left onto Route 18 North. Proceed up Route 18 to the Campus Rd. exit ramp on the right. Follow Campus Rd. and make the first left onto Sutphen Rd. Follow Sutphen Rd. through and the Hale Center and Rutgers Football Stadium will be on your left.

New Jersey Turnpike:
Turn off at Exit 9, bear right after the tollbooths and follow signs for “Route 18 North – New Brunswick.” Stay to the left to continue on Route 18 North. Proceed along Route 18 North, crossing the Raritan River (approximately 3.7 miles). Continue on Route 18 North. Proceed up Route 18 to the Campus Rd. exit ramp on the right. Follow Campus Rd. and make the first left onto Sutphen Rd. Follow Sutphen Rd. through and the Hale Center and Rutgers Football Stadium will be on your left.

US Route 1:
Turn off at exit marked “Route 18 North-New Brunswick." Proceed along Route 18 North, crossing the Raritan River (approximately 3.7 miles). Continue on Route 18 North. Proceed up Route 18 to the Campus Rd. exit ramp on the right. Follow Campus Rd. and make the first left onto Sutphen Rd. Follow Sutphen Rd. through and the Hale Center and Rutgers Football Stadium will be on your left.

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Line up and step off times:

Below are the line ups and step off times for bands participating in the DeMoulin Challenge at Rutgers. The top five Group I-II-III bands, the top five Group IV-V-VI band and the top five scoring remaining bands will move on to the Finals segment of the competition that begins at 7 p.m.

11:00     National Anthem
11:14     Manchester Township High School
11:28     Edison High School
11:42     Monmouth Regional High School
11:56     Washington Township High School
12:10     Cedar Cliff High School
12:24     Bernards High School
12:38     Hightstown High School
12:52     Herndon High School
1:06        Fort Lee High School
1:20        Trumbull High School
1:34        North Penn High School
1:48        Ridgewood High School
2:02        Piscataway High School
2:16        Tottenville High School
2:30        Break
2:44        Old Bridge High School
2:58        South Brunswick High School
3:12        Bridgewater-Raritan High School
3:26        Nazareth Area High School
3:40        John P. Stevens High School
3:54        Monroe Township High School
4:08        Rahway High School
4:22        Hillsborough High School
4:36        Immaculata High School
4:50        Hunterdon Central Regional High School
5:04        Kearny High School
5:18        Stroudsburg Area High School
5:30        Awards/Critique for Non-Finalists             

Finals (Blind draw between all bands)            

7:00        Band 1
7:14        Band 2
7:28        Band 3
7:42        Band 4
7:56        Band 5
8:10        Band 6
8:24        Band 7
8:38        Break
8:52        Band 8
9:06        Band 9
9:20        Band 10
9:34        Band 11
9:48        Band 12
10:02     Band 13
10:16     Band 14
10:30     Band 15
10:44     Rutgers University
11:00     Awards

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

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