UT Martin has a proud tradition of hosting marching competitions and in the 15th year hosting their contest, formerly known as the Skyhawk Marching Band Invitational, a new contest has emerged, The West Tennessee Marching Championships. The contest will continue to strive for excellence in performance and education on one of the best marching fields in West Tennessee and this year housing a brand new press box. This will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The contest application, adjudicator biographies are all listed below once the information becomes available.
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 meet buses at the designated parking area (Pacer Pond or Stadium Lots) to deliver wristbands and assist with parking.
Wristbands – Non-Performing Personnel
Wristbands will be included for all directors, staff members, field assistants and bus drivers for each ensemble. The maximum number of non-performer wristbands will be 20 per band. Band parents and other attendees not mentioned above should enter through the ticket booth.
Maps for the City of Martin and UTM campus are enclosed. Please familiarize yourself with the Warm Up Locations, Stadium and Parking.
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:
See the enclosed parking map detailing where your buses and equipment trailers should be parked. Buses must be parked where assigned on the parking map. Equipment trailers may be parked in the lot designated on the map near the stadium.
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 and exit on the south end. Bands will not be allowed to enter the field until their designated start time.
Programs, Air Grams & Skyhawk Marching Band Merchandise
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.
Skyhawk Marching Band merchandise will be available for purchase.
Director’s Hospitality Area
We are very grateful to Reece King and Amro Music for sponsoring the Director’s Hospitality Area again this year in the Bob Carroll Football Building. 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 and the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will be selling fried pickles and funnel cakes again this year.
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
Schools' buses will be parked in the following lots: TBD
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.
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.
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
Best Soloist - Each Classification
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:
BAND: Sample High School Band
TO: Amy Smith
FROM: Mom and Dad
MESSAGE: Good luck Amy! Make us proud! Go Woodwinds!!!!
All Spectators should plan to park in the lots marked "S" on the map.
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.
In addition to the in-stadium concessions, several restaurants are located within walking distance of Graham Stadium, including the following:
Other dining options within a short drive of the stadium include:
The primary hotel/motel establishments in Martin include:
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