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Tiger Ambush Classic
Edwardsville, Illinois

September 22, 2012

The Tiger Ambush Classic is an afternoon/evening contest open to any band that applies. Bands are divided into three classes by band size and compete for awards in Outstanding Winds, Percussion, Auxiliary, Drum Major, and Grand Champion. Judging is based on sheets designed by the Mid-America Marching Consortium.

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Admission Prices

Adults:  $5.00
Students & Seniors:  $3.00
Children under 5 - Free


Class AAA
2:00 Centralia

2:15 Break

Class A
2:30 Carlyle
2:45 Winfield
3:00 Wesclin
3:15 Normandy
3:30 Northwest

3:45 Break

Class AA
4:15 Carterville
4:30 Murphysboro
4:45 Salem

5:00 Break

Class AAA
5:45 Vandalia
6:00 Windsor, MO
6:15 Mater Dei
6:30 Robinson

6:45 Break

Class AAAA
7:00 Marion
7:15 Effingham
7:30 Seckman
7:45 Hillsboro
8:00 Granite City

8:15 Break

8:30 Edwardsville (Exhibition)

8:45 Awards


2012 Recap

Class A award winners:
Best Color Guard: Wesclin
Best Percussion: Winfield
Outstanding Winds: Winfield
Outstanding Visual: Wesclin
1st place Band: Wesclin
2nd Place Band: Carlyle
3rd Place Band: Winfield

Class AA award winners:
Best Color Guard: Salem
Best Percussion: Salem
Outstanding Winds: Murphysboro
Outstanding Visual: Murphysboro
1st place Band: Murphysboro
2nd Place Band: Carterville
3rd Place Band: Salem

Class AAA award winners:
Best Color Guard: Robinson
Best Percussion: Mater Dei
Outstanding Winds: Vandalia and Windsor C-1
Outstanding Visual: Windsor C-1
1st place Band: Windsor C-1
2nd Place Band: Mater Dei
3rd Place Band: Robinson

Class AAAA award winners:
Best Color Guard: Granite City
Best Percussion: Granite City
Outstanding Winds: Granite City
Outstanding Visual: Granite City
1st place Band: Granite City
2nd Place Band: Seckman
3rd Place Band: Effingham


Judging Panel

Music GE: Dr. Joe Manfredo
Joseph Manfredo is coordinator of undergraduate music education and also the coordinator of student teaching for the School of Music. Originally from Calumet City, IL, Manfredo received a BME and a MA in Conducting from Eastern Illinois University. His Doctorate in Music Education is from the University of Illinois. Dr. Manfredo is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He has conducted various All-State bands and honor bands throughout the mid-west. In addition, he has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, national conferences of Music Educators National Conference & College Band Directors National Conference. He has made numerous presentations at state music conference, and internationally in Shaghai China, Mainz Germany, Echternach Luxembour, Graz Austria and cities throughout Brazil. He has been published by Music Educators Journal, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Journal for Band Research, The Instrumentalist and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Music Ens: Dr. David Snyder
David W. Snyder is currently Professor of Music Education at Illinois State University. He taught band in the Texas public school system for seven years where his bands were twice selected for the finals of the Texas State Marching Contest. Dr. Snyder then went on to complete his Master of Music in horn performance at Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Music Education from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He has been actively teaching and working with bands in public school music since 1983. Professor Snyder is a frequent guest adjudicator and clinician throughout Illinois.

Visual GE: Marie Czapinski
Marie Czapinski was part of Bands of America before it even existed – she was there when the original incarnation “Marching Bands of America” was just a dream of its founder, she was part of the planning stages and then saw it become a reality. She continues to be instrumental in the organization today.
Marie is an icon in the marching, color guard and visual design worlds of pageantry. It was she who 30 years ago held a BOA-sponsored clinic for 2,000 teachers at Texas Bandsmasters Convention to introduce the use of color guard to marching bands, as at the time drill teams were the only form of pageantry in Texas.
She has been a color guard and visual adjudicator, clinician and leader for Bands of America/Music for All throughout its history. She is a co-founder of Winter Guard International and has been on the board of directors for the Midwest Color Guard Circuit for over 20 years. She is also an adjudicator for WGI and DCI and has appeared in the DCI World Championships Broadcast on ESPN2.

Marie has also impacted the marching arts as a teacher, having instructed bands including Conant High School, IL, three-time Grand National Champion Rocky Mount High School, NC and Union High School, OK. “BOA has always used all of its resources to reach out to decision makers to support music education and continues to be the innovating force,” says Marie.

Visual Ens: Gary Czapinski
It has been close to three decades since Gary "Chops" Czapinski, in collaboration with Pete Emmons, thrilled the drum corps activity with their innovative and creative visual magic with the Santa Clara Vanguard. To this day, Gary's visionary approach to visual design can be seen in every niche of the world of pageantry. From the costume-clad characters of "Alice In Wonderland" performed by the Madison Scouts and the "parachute" of the Seneca Optimist to the introduction of asymmetric drill design, Gary has been instrumental in the ongoing evolution of the visual art of the drum and bugle corps activity.
Without Gary's nurturing and constant desire to be new, fresh and different, our activity would be very different today. Possibly a little less imaginative, colorful and forward thinking. He is truly one of the master visual "producer/designers" of our time.
To this day, Gary continues to design within the drum corps, band and winter guard arenas and lectures on the subject of design at universities and colleges nationwide. He continues to volunteer countless hours to the training of new judges and supports the drum corps activity which remains the root of his life as an artist.

Color Guard: Billy Saccomanno
Billy Saccomanno relocated to Kansas City, Missouri in 2010, and is the Chief Judge for the Mid Continent Color Guard Association. He serves as a Movement Adjudicator for Winter Guard international, the Atlantic Indoor Association and Florida Federation of Judges Association. Additionally, he has been serving as a guest judge and clinician for local marching band and winter guard circuits in 18 different states across the United States.

Billy's passion for the marching arts has been evidenced by many years of teaching marching band and winter guard including Black Watch, Apex and Bpex, Innuendo, and Extraordinaire Winter Guards as well as several high schools in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina areas. His drum corps teaching resume includes the Phantom Regiment, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, Teal Sound, Reading Buccaneers, and Hawthorne Caballeros.

Percussion: Chad Schaedler
Chad Schaedler has been with Gateway Indoor since the 2005 WGI season. During his tenure with Gateway he has served as the Battery Caption Head, Battery Arranger, Program Coordinator and most recently the Education Director and Staff Coordinator. Chad has instructed a number of percussion ensembles including The Crossmen (2010 Percussion Co-Caption Head), The Bluecoats (2006-2009), The Colts (2005), Missouri State University (2003-2004, 2008-2010), and various high school programs across the country. Chad is an Innovative Percussion and Evans drumhead artist. He is the current percussion coordinator for MCCGA and is a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board.
Chad graduated from Missouri State University in 2000 with a B.S. in General Business. He currently resides in O’Fallon, Missouri with his wife Kim and their three children, Cameron, Dalen, and Ella.


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Host Website & Contact Information

Edwardsville High School Band

Marvin Battle - Band Director - mbattle@ecusd7.org   618-655-6766


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