USSBA returns to Kyle, Texas

One of the most talented and exciting bands, says director.

The US Scholastic Band Association returns to Kyle, Texas for the second prelims-finals event of the season, previously known as the USSBA Central Texas Regional.

Partnering with the Lehman High School band has annually brought a full and exciting event to the USSBA schedule and 2011 hopes to continue in that vein with the addition of this new format for the contest. When the USSBA decided to expand its program offerings in Texas to include the DeMoulin Challenge series, events which serve the more competitive units by providing an elimination prelims finals format event, this Central Texas event was the first one to be considered for the upgrade.

“Joey and the Lehman band has always thrown such a great event that we knew they would be some of the best to take on the challenge” explained USSBA staffer Courtney Beard. “For several years now their contest has been the most popular of all the USSBA events in Texas. There is a reason why bands enjoy attending their event and we’re happy to provide an extra dimension of competition for everyone involved.”

When asked what had him the most excited about the event, Lehman High School band director Joey Lucita said: “We have the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band performing as an exhibition group for us this year. They are one of the most talented and exciting bands in the state of Texas. The students go crazy when they perform!”

“It’s going to be a great event all around,” commented USSBA band relations representative Jon Swengler. “The spectrum of programs that generally attend the event makes for a really great day regardless of if you are spectating, teaching or performing.”

Hosted at the 9,000-seat historic Bob Shelton stadium in Buda, Texas, the contest is one of three DeMoulin Challenge events slated to be held in the state, including others in the Houston and DFW areas.

USSBA policy prevents disclosing the exact judging panels, but some USSBA adjudicators who will attend this year’s contests include: Tricia Gooley-Rarick (Laurel, Md.) and Marc Sylvester (New York, N.Y.) as well as George Hopkins, Gerry Miller, Jason Ihnat and Gino Cipriani of the staff of the World Champion Cadets Drum Corps.

Each Demoulin Challenge event has a limited number of participation slots so contact Jon Swengler 610-821-0345 ext. 113 or via to find out how to get your program involved in the contest.


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