2015 Events

October 3: DENTON

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The Marching Music Series presented by Music in Motion: Denton

On the beautiful, sunny Saturday of October 3, 2015, The Marching Music Series returned to C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas for its second year of Prelims/Finals competition.

Throughout this fall of 2015, seven of the world's top drum corps are providing world-class, prelims-finals experiences to scholastic band programs across the nation. Teachers from the The Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown and The Cavaliers traveled to Denton on Saturday to serve as adjudicators in an effort to support the development of Texas band programs.

In the first portion of the competition, each band competed according to class, which is determined by the size of the band. Caption awards and scores were given within these classes at the mid-day Prelims Awards Ceremony, and the winners of the 

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The Prelims of the Marching Music Series Presented by Music in Motion – Denton Edition featured the bands being split up into their competitive groups. The show was a Platinum Premium event as the caption awards were for Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, Best Music, Best Color Guard, and Best Percussion.

The following advanced to the finals: Group 1 Open 1st place, Group 2 Open 1st place, Group 3 Open 1st place, Group 4 Open, 1st-7th place, Group 5 Open 1st place, Group 6 Open 1st-4th place.

The Atoka High School from Atoka, Oklahoma was the only band to compete in Group 1 Open, scoring 66.475 and won all caption awards.

Group 2 Open consisted of two bands. Western Hills High School placed first with a score of 76.063. They also won the caption awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect. In second place was Grand Prairie High School, who scored 74.388 and won the caption awards for Best Color Guard and Best Percussion.

RobertELeeHS TX MMSDenton fireJoshua High School placed first in Group 3 Open, scoring 77.525 and winning Best Color Guard, Best Music, Best Overall Effect, and Best Percussion. In second place was Burkburnett High School, who scored 76.088 and won the caption award for Best Visual.

Group 4 Open was the largest class of the night, with Colleyville Heritage High School placing first with a score of 84.525. They also won the caption awards for Best Color Guard, Best Visual, Best Music, and Best Overall Effect. In second place was Independence High School, who scored 81.625. In third place was Grapevine High School. They scored 81.338. North Lamar High School placed fourth with a score of 80.363. Fifth place was Guyer High School, who scored 79.200 and won Best Percussion. Denton High School earned sixth place with a score of 79.000. Seventh place was Ryan High School, who scored 78.738. Cleburne High School ranked eighth, scoring 78.613. In ninth place, with a score of 77.263, was Paschal High School. Tenth place was Lamar High School, who scored 77.013. Lake Worth High School was eleventh with a score of 74.650.

Group 5 Open was made up of only Saginaw High School, who scored 80.913 and won all caption awards.

The champion of Group 6 Open was Wakeland High School. Their score was 86.775. They also won all caption awards. In second place was Carroll Senior High School, with a score of 82.500. Third place was Robert E. Lee High School, with a score of 82.025. Lewisville High School was fourth with a score of 81.575.

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The winners of the six classes competed in the Marching Music Series Finals on Saturday night, along with the next nine highest-scoring bands. Each performing ensemble was evaluated within one class in the Finals, regardless of size.

Congratulations to Wakeland High School, which was named the Denton Marching Music Series Grand Champion, winning the caption awards for Best Color Guard, Music, Overall Effect and Visual Performance. Wakeland scored an 88.013.

In second place with a score of 87.15 was Colleyville Heritage High School, which also took home the award for Best Percussion.

Carroll Senior High School finished in third place with a score of 84.738.

Fourth place went to Robert E. Lee High School with a score of 82.875, and Lewisville came in fifth with an 82.425.

MMSDentonAwardsSaginaw High School was awarded the sixth-place trophy, receiving a score of 81.938, and Independence High School was just two tenths of a point behind in sevent place with a score of 81.738. Following Independence by just two more tenths was Grapevine High School, which finished in eighth place with a score of 81.538, and still in the 81-point range in ninth place was North Lamar High School with an 81.388.

Guyer High School earned a tenth-place score of 79.625. Eleventh place went to Ryan High School with a 79.475, and in twelfth with a score of 78.913 was Denton High School

Congratulations to all Marching Music Series Finalists, and thank you for joining us at this fabulous event!

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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 George Hopkins, Overall Effect
Director, The Cadets
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Ron Hardin, Overall Effect
Carolina Crown

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Lead Visual Instructor & Brass Instructor, Santa Clara Vanguard
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Visual Instructor, The Cavaliers
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Director & CEO, Santa Clara Vanguard
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Visual Coordinator, The Cavaliers
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Santa Clara Vanguard

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