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
Information coming soon!
Christopher Lester is a Cincinnati, Ohio native currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Christopher is a highly sought instructor, designer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has been honored to work with and design for programs all across the United States, including: high school marching bands, BOA finalists, DCI organizations and World Class WGI color guards. He currently is an adjudicator for Winter Guard International as well as several of their affiliated circuits. Christopher has had the opportunity to work with young performers at all levels and regardless of their skill the joy is the same - the excitement everyone brings to their performance. It is his pleasure to join these young performers here today!
Information coming soon!
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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