Event manager touring North Carolina and Tennessee sites

Logistics planning in the coming week for two Oct. 29 events

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Wake Forest University is the location for the Oct. 29 DeMoulin Challenge. Below, the Tennessee Tech stadium is a possiblity for the Tennessee State Championship on the same day. 

Larry Harper, events manager for the US Scholastic Band Association, will be making a tour of his native North Carolina this coming week with a visit to Wake Forest University in Raleigh-Durham in preparation for the DeMoulin Challenge to be held on Saturday, Oct. 29.  After meetings with facilities and music department personnel, Harper will head west to Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., the projected site for the 2011 Tennessee State Championships also to be held on Oct. 29. 

Larry said of his trip, “These are two very exciting additions to our schedule for 2011, and it is imperative that we have a good sense of coordination and logistics so our bands have the best experience possible.”  Harper added, “A few hours of meetings and preparation will go a very long way in making sure directors, students and guests leave saying how remarkable these two USSBA competitions were.” 

The DeMoulin Challenge at Wake Forest University brings a Prelim/Format to one of the great college campuses in the Southeast.  BB&T Field at Groves Stadium will host 30 bands in preliminary competition with 15 bands advancing to the finals.   Group champions in each of Group I through VI will automatically advance, while the next nine highest scoring bands, regardless of Group affiliation will be seeded in the Finals.  All bands will be seeded by blind draw. 

Greg Jackson, band relations representative for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions said, “We’ve already had our first sign-ups for the Wake Forest show and we’re excited to create a showcase event for the USSBA in this fantastic facility.” 

Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville is not a newcomer to hosting marching activities.  Host to the 2006 DCI Summer Tour in which The Cadets participated, when the USSBA searched for a new, more convenient site for the Tennessee State Championship, Tennessee Tech became a viable alternative.  As the Tech football schedule was released, along with adjustments to other marching band event schedules in Tennessee, October 29 became a date that worked for everyone.  Tennessee Tech Stadium.jpg

“We are not 100 percent locked, but after the site visit we hope to be in a position to begin open registrations and launch a campaign at the Tennessee Music Educators Conference in Nashville in two weeks,” Harper said. 

“It has been a strategic imperative for us to be able to host a significant competition in the middle Tennessee region.  We have had success in both the Eastern and Western areas of the state, and by potentially locating the State Championships in a more convenient location to bands of the east, middle and Tennessee regions, once again we hope to set the stage for a true State Championship between all of the bands competing in the USSBA,” Jackson added. 

Bands interested in more information or want to register for the DeMoulin Challenge at Wake Forest University or the Tennessee State Championship should contact Jackson at greg@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 117, or register directly online by CLICKING HERE.

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