2014 Events

October 4: HOUSTON

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On Saturday, October 4, Music in Motion debuted its first of four premier marching band competitions this fall in Spring, Texas.

"Our first Marching Music Series event was a wonderful success," said USBands Director and Event Manager Justin Heimbecker. "This event successfully reinforced the three pillars of USBands' events: Excellent Venues, Excellent Adjudicators, Excellent Service. We have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the staff and administration from the seven corps involved, and we are already discussing plans to make next weekend's event in Denton, TX even more memorable for the band directors and students."

Events in the Marching Music Series follow a prelims/finals format, and 18 bands performed in the Prelims Competition, with the top 14 moving on to compete in the Finals Saturday the evening.

Marching Music Series Prelims Results

In Group 2 Open, Shepherd High School was the only competitor and received a score of 72.288, taking home all caption awards for their group.

Three bands competed in Group 3 Open, with Tompkins High School taking the top spot with a 76.050 and the awards for Best Visual, Percussion, Music and Overall Effect. Medina Valley High School claimed second place with a score of 72.813, and Robert E. Lee High School came in third with a 70.700 and the award for Best Color Guard.

In Group 4 Open, Dekaney High School received first place with a score of 78.750 and all of the caption awards. Kempner High School took second with a 77.088, followed by Magnolia West High School in third with a score of 74.900. Sam Rayburn High School received fourth place with a score of 72.800.

Group 5 Open was the largest group of the day with six competing bands. Pasadena Memorial High School took first place with a score of 81.800 and the caption awards for Best Visual, Color Guard, Percussion and Overall Effect. Conroe High School received second place with a 79.663 and the award for Best Music performance. Alvin High School was a very close third with a preliminary score of 79.475, while Aldine High School and Jersey Village High School were right behind with a 78.825 and 78.4338, respectively. Cypress Springs High school received sixth place with a score of 73.400.

Seven Lakes High School claimed first in Group 6 Open with an 84.875 and the high scores in the Visual and Music captions. Cy-Fair High School was awarded Best Percussion performance with a second-place score of 83.675. In third place, receiving the caption awards for Best Color Guard and Overall Effect, was Cypress Falls High School with a score of 83.600. Brazoswood High School came in fourth in Group 6 Open with a preliminary score of 82.913.

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Marching Music Series Finals Results

The top 14 bands were invited to return to the competition field Saturday evening for the Finals Competition, and it was an evening filled with excellent visual and musical achievements. The Marching Music Series Finals ignores the typical classifications, and all bands compete within the same group.

The competition was tight, with only six and a half tenths divided the top three bands. Receiving first place and the first-ever Marching Music Series Grand Champion was Seven Lakes High School with a score of 85.650 and the caption award for Best Visual performance. Cy-Fair High School was awarded second place with a score of 85.025 and the caption awards for Best Music and Best Overall Effect. Cypress Falls High School achieved the third-place trophy and the award for Best Color Guard performance, with an overall score of 85.00.

In fourth place, Brazoswood High School received a score of 83.725. The award for Best Percussion was given to Pasadena High School, which finished fifth with a score of 81.700.

Conroe High School was awarded sicth place with a Finals score of 79.975, and Dekaney High School was an extremely close seventh with a 79.925. In eighth place with a score of 79.250 was Alvin High School.

Ninth place went to Kempner High School with a Finals score of 78.125, and Aldine High School received tenth place with a 77.525. Magnolia West High School took eleventh with a score of 76.063.

In twelfth place with a score of 73.125 was Shepherd High School, and Medina Valley High School was less than a tenth of a point behind in thireenth with a 83.038. Sam Rayburn High School received fourteenth place with a score of 71.263.


Meet the Adjudicators

While each venue in the series is equipped to deliver the best possible experience, the high-profile judge panels create an even bigger draw.

Click on each judge's name below to read their bio.


Cadets c logo vector dropshadow maroon Gino Cipriani
Music Performance
BlueDevils Scott Johnson
Music Performance, Percussion
Cadets c logo vector dropshadow maroon Iain Moyer
Percussion, General Effect
Bluecoats logo vector Doug Thrower
General Effect, Music Performance
PhantomRegiment chevron redbg Jamey Thompson
General Effect
vanguardshield vector Chris Alexander
Visual Performance, General Effect
PhantomRegiment chevron redbg Rob Billings
Color Guard, Visual Performance

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