Skyhawk Marching Band Invitational



The 13th Annual Skyhawk Marching Band Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014. The contest application, adjudicator biographies and additional information will be added when it becomes available.


Contest Application

General Contest Information

Band Runners

UT Martin Skyhawk Marching Band members will be assigned to each participating band and will be responsible for hand stamps, wristbands and guiding you through your experience on campus. Runners will board buses on Mt. Pelia Road (outside of the Fine Arts Building) to do hand stamping, deliver wristbands and guide buses to each bands parking area.



Wristbands will be included for all directors, staff members and bus drivers for each ensemble but will not be included for parents and chaperones. Parents who assist Front Ensemble equipment will have their hand stamped before entering the field.



Maps for the City of Martin and UTM campus are enclosed. Please familiarize yourself with the Warm Up Locations, Stadium and Parking.


Warm Up

Each band is assigned a 30-minute warm up in one of three locations on the quad. Please familiarize yourself with your band’s schedule, the location of your band’s site on the enclosed campus map and the travel path to from the warm up site to the stadium.



Admission to the contest for spectators is as follows:

  • $10 – Age 12 and above
  • $5 – Age 6-11
  • Free – Age 5 and under


Buses will be parked in various locations on campus due to a special event held at the Elam Center that will likely consume many parking spaces. We will do the best we can to get you as close as possible to the stadium.


Equipment Trailers will be parked in the lot adjacent to the Ag Pavilion to facilitate an easy load out post-performance.



A list of area restaurants is enclosed. The concession stand will be open at the stadium as well as food options in the University Center on the main campus.


Field Entry Logistics

Similar to previous years, Front Ensemble equipment will enter the field from the north end of the home stands of the Stadium. Winds and Battery will enter from the north end of the opposing stands.


Programs & Air Grams

Programs will be available to purchase for $1 each.


Air Grams are a great way to show your support of your loved one on the field. They are announced over the public address system before and after your band performs. The charge is $1 per Air Gram, cash only, and they may be purchased at the UT Martin Band table.


Director’s Hospitality Area

We are very grateful to Reece King and Amro Music for sponsoring the Director’s Hospitality Area again this year. Please stop in for delicious grilled food!



Food and beverages will be available from our Concession Stand all day. The sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota will be selling sunglasses and nachos again this year.


Equipment/Trailer Unloading

If you will be using your front ensemble in your warm up, feel free to unload at the closest point to your warm up area (Humanities/Clement Circle, Meek Library, Gooch Hall/east side). If you have a semi trailer, getting through the smaller streets inside campus may be impossible, so please plan accordingly. If you are not using your front ensemble during your warm up, you may unload in the stadium parking lot. Please see below for Bus and Equipment Vehicle parking information


Parking – Buses & Equipment Vehicles

The following schools' buses and equipment vehicles will be parked in the


Elam Center Lot:

  • Lyon County HS
  • South Side HS
  • Hopkins County Central HS
  • Rossview HS
  • Camden HS
  • McNairy County Central HS
  • Milan HS
  • Marshall County HS

The following schools' buses and equipment vehicles will be parked in the


Stadium Lot:

  • Dyer County HS
  • Henry County HS
  • Gibson County HS
  • Brighton HS
  • Murray HS

Contest Schedule

2:30 Lyon County High School
2:45 South Side High School
3:00 Hopkins County Central High School
3:15 Rossview High School
3:45 Camden High School
4:00 McNairy Central High School
4:15 Milan High School
4:30 Marshall County High School
4:45 Dyer County High School
5:45 Henry County High School
6:00 Gibson County High School
6:00 Brighton High School
6:00 Murray High School
6:45 UT Martin Skyhawk Marching Band Exhibition


Adjudication Panel Biographies


Thomas R. Chaffin



Mr. Chaffin received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Pikeville College and a Masters of Music Education from Morehead State University. He has additional music education classes from Marshall University, Vandercook School of Music, University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Florida International University. He previously held band directing positions at Ceredo-Kenova MS-HS, Wayne MS-HS, Vinson MS-HS, Logan Sr. High all in West Virginia and J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, FL, and George Rogers Clark High School and Johns Creek HS-MS in Kentucky.


Other positions held by Mr. Chaffin have included:


Region 3 Jazz Band Chairman, 2007-2011; Regional Concert Band Representative 1991-1997; Regional Chairman of the West Virginia Solo and Ensemble Festival, 1977-1981; Assistant Educational Director at Crescendo Band Camp, 1977-1981; Clinic Instructor of Marching Band Techniques at Marshall University, 1977-1981; Drill Writer and Instructor at Crescendo Band Camp 1975-1987; and Staff Royal Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, 1979.


Mr. Chaffin was inducted into the West Virginia Music Educators Association Hall of Fame on March 27, 2008 and was selected as Outstand Music Educator of Broward County Florida in 1988. He is active as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Mr. Chaffin's family include his wife Jeanne, daughter Dr. Christa Chaffin Frye, and son George Chaffin.


Jamal Duncan

Jamal Duncan is Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas. At the University, Duncan serves as Assistant Director of the Razorback Marching Band and as Director of the Hogwild Band. Duncan also teaches Conducting I in the music education curriculum and directs the concert band as well as the Arkansas New Music Ensemble.


A native of Flint Michigan, Duncan received a doctorate of music arts in wind conducting and a master of music in wind conducting from Michigan State University. He studied under the direction of Kevin L. Sedatole and worked with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He also served as conductor for the campus band, and guest conductor for the wind symphony, symphony band, concert band and Musique 21.


Duncan received a bachelor of music in clarinet performance with teacher certification from the University of Michigan. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the College Band Directors National Association. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.


Previous appointments include a seven-year appointment as director of bands at Dwight Rich Middle School in Lansing, Michigan and as the music director and conductor of the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble, one of several youth ensembles in the Flint School of Performing Arts.


Martin Montoya

Martin Montoya


Martin Montoya currently resides in Lake Jackson, TX where he serves as Associate Director of Bands at Brazoswood High School, a position he's held since January of 2010. At Brazoswood, Montoya's duties include directing the Concert Band and A.M. Jazz Band, in addition to co-directing the Buccaneer Marching Band. Under his direction, the Brazoswood Concert Band and A.M. Jazz Bands have received consistent 1st division ratings at Concert and Sight-Reading contests, in addition to receiving assorted Best in Class awards at music festivals around the state. Additionally, the marching band has made consecutive appearances at the UIL Texas State Championships, as well as performed as a finalist in Bands of America Regional Championships. With his assistance, the Brazoswood Symphonic Band was selected as the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association 5A Honor Band, a distinction awarded to one band every 2 years, and performed at the TMEA Clinic and Convention in San Antonio.


Prior to joining the Brazoswood faculty, Montoya taught in Michigan at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, where he served in various capacities, including Interim Director of Bands for the 2008-2009 school year. Under his direction, the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band made its 20th appearance as a Top 12 Finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships. While in Michigan, Montoya also served on the music faculty of Spring Arbor University.


Outside of his duties at Brazoswood, Montoya is active as a designer and educator for marching ensembles throughout the country. He has designed and worked with marching bands, winter guards, and indoor drum lines in addition to active involvement in Drum Corps International. Montoya spent four years on the instructional staff of Carolina Crown, and is currently on staff of the Madison Scouts, where he recently served as Assistant Visual Caption Head. Montoya will also be serving as the Visual Coordinator and Drill Designer of the newly formed Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps from Seguin, TX.


Montoya received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from Texas State University, and a Master of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from Michigan State University. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, he had the honor of performing with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps winning the DCI Championship both years.


 Greg Orwoll

Orwoll is the Executive Director of DuRide in Dubuque, a non-profit that provides rides for Members 65 and over who no longer drive. Prior to this appointment, Orwoll was Development Director and Director Emeritus of the Colt 2012-2013, and prior was the Colts Executive Director from 1984 through the fall of 2012. The Colts Youth Organization includes the World-Class Colts, the Open-Class Colt Cadets, the Colts Summer Band, and PanRhythmiX and Pandemonium, two steel drum ensembles and Vocal Fusion, all based at Prescott Elementary School.  Over 340 young people, grade 3 through age 21, are members of a Colts program.

He served on the Drum Corps International (DCI) Board of Directors for 22 years, and the DCI finance committee for 14 years, including 2 as chair. He served 14 years as chair of Drum Corps Midwest, and 3 years as chair of the DCI Central Division. His honors include: Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008, Drum Corps Midwest Director of the Year 1993 and 2003, DCI Central Division Director of the Year 2007. He has presented numerous clinics for the Iowa Bandmasters’ Association and has twice been a grant panelist for the Iowa Arts Council and serves on the Executive Board for the Iowa Alliance of Arts Educators (IAAE).

Orwoll has judged marching band shows in 14 states - Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey and Oklahoma. Highlights include the Michigan State Championships; USSBA in Giants Stadium; Arizona State University Sun Devil Invitational; University of Kansas Championships, University of Missouri Invitational, Indiana District Championships, Kentucky State Music Educators Association State Competition, and Youth In Music Championships in Minneapolis at the Metro dome.

Guard: Christa Frye


Christa Frye is currently serving as Instructor of Aural Skills, Woodwind Methods, and Applied Lessons at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she observes student teachers. Dr. Frye resides in Martin where she performs woodwind repairs and maintains a private studio.

A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Dr. Frye received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Florida State University.  In May 2008, she received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Since 1998, Dr. Frye has taught several color guards and winter guards throughout the country. She currently serves as the Color Guard Director at the University of Tennessee at Martin, a position she has held since 2012. In 2014, Dr. Frye began working with the Waverly Central High School Winter Guard  and Color Guard in Waverly, Tennessee.  She also holds the position of Director for Metamorphosis Winter Guard, an Independent Winter Guard located in Martin, TN.  Dr. Frye has previously held positions with both the Permian and Odessa High School Color Guards and Winter Guards. From 1998-2011, she was the Color Guard Director for the award-winning Spring Valley High School Color Guard and Winter Guard, in Huntington, West Virginia; a guard that enjoyed an undefeated marching season in 2010.

In her spare time, Dr. Frye also enjoys spending time with her husband Joseph and three-year old son, Brayden.

Percussion: Craig Loeffler

Craig Loeffler currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is an active educator and composer/arranger. Craig holds a degree in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University and has worked with numerous world-class organizations including the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and Music City Mystique Indoor Drumline.

For over 10 years, Craig has been a percussion teacher and composer/arranger throughout the country for such groups as the University of Tennessee at Martin, Lindenwood University, Avon High School, Lawrence Central High School, Carmel High School, Harpeth High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, George Rogers Clark High School, Mount Juliet High School, Olive Branch High School, and McGavock High School.

Craig has been on the front ensemble staff for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, OH since 2009. The Bluecoats Front Ensemble, affectionately known as "Bloopit", has been considered a top tier front ensemble in Drum Corps International since 2002. Craig has been an integral part of establishing the foundation and identity of Bloopit over the last 10 years.

Craig has also been on the instructional staff of the six-time WGI World Champion Music City Mystique from Nashville, TN since 2008. In his tenure with Mystique, Craig has been an important part of the visual aspect of the front ensemble as well as maintaining the high levels of performance and musicianship that Mystique is known for.

Craig is also a performer and continues to play with local orchestras and other small ensembles. Craig's other musical experiences include electronic music, latin percussion, hand drumming, musical theatre, and choir.

Craig is a proud endorser of Innovative Sticks and Mallets and mallets and Evans Drumheads.

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Awards will be given in the following categories

Large Division--Grand Champion, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
Small Division--Grand Champion, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
Band 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place - Each Classification
Guard 1st and 2nd Place - Small and Large Divisions
Percussion 1st and 2nd Place - Small and Large Divisions
Field Commander 1st and 2nd Place - Small and Large Divisions



What are Airgrams?

Do you want to send a message to your son, daughter, band parent, band director, friend, neighbor, cousin, grandchild? Send them an AIRGRAM!


Airgrams are a great way to show support to your loved one on the field. Airgrams are announced over the loudspeaker before and after your band performs.


What is the cost of an Airgram?

Airgrams are $3.00 each (cash only), and may be purchased at the Airgram Table located within the gates of the contest site.


Where can I obtain an Airgram form?

You have two choices:

  1. This web page. You may print the Airgram form below, fill out the appropriate information, and take the completed form to the Airgram Table upon your arrival at the contest. Simply provide the Airgram Table worker your completed form and $3.00 cash per airgram.
  2. The Airgram table. Airgram forms will be available at the Airgram Table during the contest, however, completing the forms before arriving at the contest may reduce the time you spend waiting at the Airgram Table.



Sample Airgram:


BAND: Sample High School Band
TO: Amy Smith
FROM: Mom and Dad

MESSAGE: Good luck Amy! Make us proud! Go Woodwinds!!!!


Parking & Campus Map

All Spectators should plan to park in the lots marked "S" on the map. Campus parking will be at a premium from 10:00am to 4:00pm on the day of the contest.


Class A bands should be able to park in the lot marked "A."


All other band classes (AA through AAAA) may park in lots marked "B," "C," or "E" as space permits.



Dining & Lodging


In addition to the in-stadium concessions, several restaurants are located within walking distance of Graham Stadium, including the following:

  • Domino's
  • La Canasta
  • Tuscano (Italian Cuisine)
  • Veranda (Italian Cuisine)
  • Wendy's


Other dining options within a short drive of the stadium include:

  • Brandy's (fine dining)
  • Cowboy Cafe
  • Dairy Queen
  • K-N
  • La Cabana
  • Long John Silver's
  • Los Portales
  • McDonald's
  • Opera House (fine dining)
  • Pizza Hut
  • Sonic
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell



The primary hotel/motel establishments in Martin include:

  • Hampton Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Econolodge


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