West Tennessee Marching Championships



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.


Please direct all questions to Dr. Bill Waterman, Director of Athletic Bands (wwaterma@utm.edu or 731-881-7401).


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 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.


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


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.


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

Schools' buses will be parked in the following lots: TBD



Admission to the contest for spectators is as follows:


$10 -€“ Age 12 and above
$5 - Age 6-11
Free -€“ Age 5 and under


Contest Schedule

Prelims Schedule

2:00 PM          National Anthem

2:15 PM          South Side High School

2:30 PM          Stewart County High School

2:45 PM          Lyon County High School

3:00 PM          Huntingdon High School

3:15 PM          Camden Central High School




3:45 PM          Beech High School

4:00 PM          Dyer County High School

4:15 PM          Westview High School

4:30 PM          Peabody High School Band of Gold

4:45 PM          McNairy Central High School

5:00 PM          Rossview High School

5:15 PM          West Creek High School




5:45 PM          Obion County Central High School

6:00 PM          Union City High School

6:15 PM          UTM Exhibition

6:30 PM          Awards Ceremony



Finals Schedule*

Subject to change

8:20 PM          National Anthem

8:30 PM          1

8:45 PM          2

9:00 PM          3

9:15 PM          4

9:30 PM          5

9:45 PM          6

10:00 PM          7

10:15 PM          8

10:30 PM          Retreat, All Finals Bands

10:45 PM          Awards Ceremony


*Each Class Champion will automatically qualify for Finals Competition

*The next top four total scores regardless of class will fill the remaining four spots


Adjudication Panel Biographies

Dr. J. Ashley Jarrell

Ashley Jarrel

Dr. J. Ashley Jarrell currently serves as Director of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Georgia- Gainesville Campus, where his responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band and Orchestra, teaching music education courses and supervising student teachers. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Jarrell served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and the inaugural candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting at Illinois, where he was a recipient of the Begian Conducting Assistantship. While a graduate student at the University, Dr. Jarrell served on the School of Music Graduate Committee and he received the Edmund C. Williams award for excellence in bands. He received the Master of Arts degree in Wind Conducting from Middle Tennessee State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from East Tennessee State University.


Before coming to the University of Illinois, Dr. Jarrell served as Director of Bands at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School in Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently named by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek magazines as one of the fifty best high schools in the nation, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School Bands received numerous superior ratings, accolades, and three performances for the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference in the span of six years during Dr. Jarrell’s tenure. He also served as Associate Director of Bands at Middle Tennessee State University and Associate Director of Bands at Harpeth High School.


Dr. Jarrell is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He is also an active member of many professional organizations including National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and elected membership with American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.


Christopher Lester

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!


Chris Deberry

Chris Deberry

Chris DeBerry is very active with music education as a middle school band director and a youth musical director in Franklin, TN. His formal training in music education was completed at Middle Tennessee State University, where he performed with both vocal and instrumental ensembles.


His educational experience includes arranging and working with high school and middle school percussion groups in the Mid-TN area. Beyond working with middle and high school percussion groups, his experience expands to the college age through competing grous in WGI and DCI. His most recent activity is with DCI as percussion caption head with Music City Drum Corps.


Chris has judged percussion in several marching band competitions for the Tennessee area, USBands, and indoor percussion through nearby circuits.


Chris is proud to be an educational artis with Mapex/Majestic and Innovative Percussion.


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

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.


He has won numerous honors such as: 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).


Highlights of Orwell’s judging career 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.



Brent Burris

Brent Burris

Brent Burris is currently in his twenty-second year of teaching in the state of Kentucky, and his tenth for the Muhlenberg County Public Schools. He has served as band director for Muhlenberg County HS, Muhlenberg South HS, Glasgow HS, and Cumberland County HS. Prior to that, he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Western Kentucky University. He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Education degrees from Western Kentucky University, and a Rank I in Educational Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.


Mr. Burris currently serves as staff coordinator for the Castle High School Band in Newburgh, IN (a 25-time ISSMA finalist), and as an education consultant for numerous bands in the region. Bands under his direction have made multiple appearances at the KMEA In-Service Conference, performed at the Dixie Classic Grand National Adjudicators Festival, and have been named a Dixie Classic Festival Honor Band. High School and Middle School Concert Bands under his direction have both been identified with KMEA’s Exemplary Performance Status. Marching bands under his direction have been named Bands of America Grand National Semi-finalists, KMEA Finalists, and have also earned numerous Distinguished and Grand Champion Awards. The 2007 Muhlenberg South Marching Suns were named the KMEA Class AA State Champion, and were the Class AA Runner-Up in 2008. Students under his direction have been named to the KMEA All-State Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz Bands, University of Kentucky Honors Wind Ensemble, Western Kentucky University Honors Band, Murray State University Quad State, and the Kentucky All-State Baptist Youth Orchestra.


Mr. Burris has served two terms on the KMEA Board of Directors, as well as President of the Third District Music Educators Association. He has also served on the KMEA Conference Planning Committee, as Band-Chair and Marching Band Committee Representative for District 3, and is a member of Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He was named Outstanding Young Band Director by Phi Beta Mu for the state of Kentucky in 2003, has been twice included in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, and has received citations from the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives. His article, The Grass Isn’t Always Greener, was published in the 2010 winter edition of the Bluegrass Music News, and he has also been a clinic presenter at the KMEA In-Service Conference.


He and his wife Tracey, a teacher at Central City Elementary in Muhlenberg, are the proud parents of Kelsey and Will. They currently make their home in Greenville.



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:

  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.


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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