USSBA Texas focus: Southlake

North Texas Regional to be held October 15

2011 will mark the first year that Dragon Stadium in Carroll ISD plays host to the US Scholastic Band Association North Texas Regional band contest. Burleson High School was the previous host of the regional event but the Burleson event has been upgraded to a prelims/finals DeMoulin Challenge and the traditional regional has found a new host.

"It's rather unique," commented USSBA Event manager Larry Harper. "Typically we partner with a band or music department but for the South Lake event we were approached by OYAA and are excited to be working with another youth and arts organization to create this contest."

Overture Youth Advocacy Through the Arts or, OYAA is a non-profit out of Grand Prairie, TX whose mission is to support achievement towards the pursuit of excellence in all areas of the lives of youth through the medium of the pageantry arts. Similar to Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), the parent organization of the USSBA and the world champion Cadets drum corps, OYAA also supports a drum corps; the 2 year old Forte .

"It's fascinating to be working with an organization which so closely mirrors our own," explained USSBA director Rich Hammond. "We know that everyone involved has the same philosophy and is here for the same purpose is exciting. Fundamentally the contest is about supporting the development of young musicians and the educators who work with them."

The show will be held at the 10 year old 12,600 seat Dragon stadium on October 15th.

Although USSBA policy prevents us from disclosing the exact judging panels some of the USSBA adjudicators who will be at some of this year's contests include; Charles Brown (Austin, TX), David Pickett (Ray Twp, MI) as well as Gerry Miller, Jason Ihnat and Gino Cipriani of the staff of the World Champion Cadets Drum Corps.

The event does not have a participation cap so contact Jon Swengler 610-821-0345 x113 or via to find out how to get your program involved in the contest.


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