Central Texas Preview again slated for Pflugerville

Site promises quality space and parking

On Sept. 24 of this year the US Scholastic Band Association will return to Hawk Stadium in Pflugerville, Texas for the Annual Central Texas Preview contest.

Co-hosted by Hendrickson High School, the event has proven to be an exciting way to open the season for many area bands. As one of the USSBA’s signature ‘preview’ contests the competition is designed to provide the tools a program needs to set them on the right track for a strong competitive season. “By combining champion level adjudicators with a stadium like Hendrickson’s which is great both acoustically and visually for band performances, a program can get great feedback early and be set up to rehearse for success for the rest of the competitive season,” says acting USSBA Director Rich Hammond. “We want to help improve bands and we do that through competitions such as the one in Pflugerville each year.”

Although USSBA policy prevents disclosing the exact judging panels some of the USSBA adjudicators who will be at some of this year’s contests include: Matt Haines of New Orleans; John Nelson of Cypress, Texas; and Marc Sylvester of New York City; as well as Steve Bentley and George Hopkins from the staff of the World Champion Cadets Drum Corps.

The Hendrickson High School band boosters have a long history of organizing events and are well prepared to host a quality experience for everyone involved in the day. Additionally, besides being a great performance venue, the eight-year-old Hawk Stadium is surrounded by expansive parking lots allowing for quality rehearsal space and easy parking. “All factors, from great hosts to great facilities, combine to make the Central Texas Preview an all-around great day,” says Courtney Beard, a USSBA staffer who was at the event in 2010.

The event does not have a participation cap so contact Jon Swengler at 610-821-0345 ext. 113 or via email at Jonathan@YEA.org to find out how you get your program involved in the contest.


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