New 2011 locations for USSBA southern contests

Tennessee championships expected to grow

Fall 2011 holds a lot of excitement for the US Scholastic Band Association in the state of Tennessee.

Beyond two returning shows in the Memphis area the season will feature a new location for the USSBA Tennessee State Championship as well as an exciting line up of performing groups for the returning USSBA Southern States Championship.

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Previously held in Jefferson City, the USSBA Tennessee State Championships will now be held at Tennessee Tech University. “There are many factors going into this move,” explained USSBA events manager Larry Harper. “It’s a fabulous venue to showcase a band and provide an exciting end of season atmosphere. There is more than enough parking, well-lit warm-up areas and it’s easy to get to from the highway.”

The university’s more central location in the state also played a role. “We’ve been made aware that bands in the state want a true state championship,” commented USSBA band relations representative Jon Swengler, “and although there are currently a couple of different contests that fill that void it is our hope that by providing a quality venue, quality judges and a national context in an area that is more easily accessible, that the USSBA Tennessee States contest can grow to be a significant event on the calendar.”

The contest is one of the USSBA’s State Championship series which is held in 10 locations across the country at the end of the competitive season. Bands currently registered:

  • Centennial High School, Franklin, Tenn.
  • Farragut High School, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Harriman High School, Harriman, Tenn.
  • Karns High School, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • LaVergne High School, LaVergne, Tenn.
  • Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceberg, Tenn.
  • Livingston Academy, Livingston, Tenn.
  • Milan High School, Milan, Tenn.
  • Ravenwood High School, Brentwood, Tenn.
  • Rockwood High School, Rockwood, Tenn.
  • Soddy Daisy High School, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
  • Station Camp High School, Gallatin, Tenn.
  • Volunteer High School, Church Hill, Tenn.
  • Watertown High School, Watertown, Tenn.

Another truly exciting event is the USSBA Southern States Championship held at Finley Stadium on the University of Tennessee Chattanooga campus. A true regional event the 2011 contest is currently featuring bands from nine states.

“'Southern States' is really what a regional championship should be: bands who would not otherwise get to see each other being able to compete against one another and showcase their programs at the end of the season when they are at their best,” said USSBA staffer Courtney Beard who has attended the contest in the past. “The greater variety in the programs the more exciting it is. This year’s Southern States Championship is one of the more exciting events on the USSBA calendar.”

Bands currently registered for the 2011 USSBA Southern States contest include:

  • Bryan Station High School, Lexington, Ky.
  • Bryant High School, Bryant, Ark.
  • Campbell County High School, Alexandria, Ky.
  • Centennial High School, Franklin, Tenn.
  • Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek, Ga.
  • Florence High School, Florence, Miss.
  • George Walton High School, Monroe, Ga.
  • Hoover High School, Hoover, Al.
  • Lambert High School, Suwanee, Ga.
  • LaVergne High School LaVergne, Tenn.
  • Leeds High School Leeds, Al.
  • Louisville Male High School Louisville, Ky.
  • Murphy High School Murphy, N.C.
  • Parkway High School Bossier City, La.
  • Ridgeland High School, Rossville, Ga.
  • Soddy Daisy High School, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
  • Station Camp High School, Gallatin, Tenn.
  • Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Wesleyan High School, Norcross, Ga.
  • Wright City High School, Wright City, Mo.
  • Southern States is sister contest to the USSBA Western States contest being held in Flagstaff, Ariz. and also featuring bands from several surrounding states. To get your band involved in any USSBA event you can register here or contact Jon Swengler at 610-821-0345 ext. 113 or by writing


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