42nd Annual Francis Howell Marching Invitational

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42nd Annual Francis Howell Marching Invitational
St. Charles, MO

Admission Prices:
Adults: $10.00 w/ complimentary program
Seniors 65+: $5.00
Students: $5.00

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Invitational Format:
The invitational is a prelims/finals format which will have 3 divisions based on band size (Blue, White & Gold). Your registration date is a primary consideration in your prelim performance time, so register early to perform later in the day. Bands from all divisions will perform throughout the day.

Ten bands will perform in Finals competition. Finals will be made up of the 3 class winners and the 7 highest scoring bands regardless of class. Drawing numbers will set Finals competition performance order. The top 5 prelims scores will draw for the last 5 performance times and the lower 5 prelims scores will draw for the first 5 Finals performance times.

20% Music General Effect
20% Music Performance Ensemble
20% Music Performance Individual
20% Visual General Effect
10% Visual Performance Ensemble
10% Visual Performance Individual

Prelim Awards: Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each class as well as Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect.

Finals Awards: Trophies will be presented to the 1st – 5th place, and plaques to 6th -10th, and caption awards for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance & Outstanding General Effect.

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Participating Bands

1. Blue Springs South 75.75 (Outstanding Music, Visual, General Effect)
2. Lafayette 66.50
3 Francis Howell Central 63.95
4 Francis Howell North 63.90
5 Fort Zumwalt South 57.10
6 Parkway West 53.75
7 North Point 50.05
8 Wentzville Liberty 49.80
9 Poplar Bluff 49.35

Blue Division
1. Lafayette 63.7 (Outstanding Music, Visual, General Effect)
2. Francis Howell North 60.5
3. Parkway West 52.9
4 Wentzville Liberty 51.1
5 North Point 48.08

Gold Division
1. Blue Springs South 72.45 (Outstanding Music, Visual, General Effect)
2. Francis Howell Central 61.7
3 Fort Zumwalt South 59.05
4 Poplar Bluff 52.65

11:00 Parkway West
11:15 North Point
11:30 Wentzville Liberty
11:45 Francis Howell North
12:00 Lafayette
12:45 Fort Zumwalt South
1:00 Francis Howell Central
1:15 Poplar Bluff
1:30 Fort Zumwalt West
1:45 Blue Springs South
2:00 Francis Howell (Exhibition)
2:30 Prelims Awards

4:00 #1
4:15 #2
4:30 #3
4:45 #4
5:00 #5
5:30 #6
5:45 #7
6:00 #8
6:15 #9
6:30 #10
7:00 Finals Awards


​Adjudication by: Team Pageantry
Ensemble Music: Josh Ellis
Josh Ellis has been in education for 19 years. He has taught all grades, K-12, in various Music, Humanities and Language Arts environments. He is a requested judge and clinician across the Midwest. Currently, Mr. Ellis is the band director at Avon Intermediate School East, a feeder to the storied Avon High School band program. His groups regularly receive "Gold, with Distinction" ratings at ISSMA, contests and he was the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Avon East.
Preceding this position with Avon Schools he taught K-12 in MSD Perry Township in roles of Assistant Band Director, General Music Teacher, Language Arts Teacher and Humanities Teacher. While in the K-5 setting, he started the "Drumming Lions", a drumming group dedicated to students with behavioral IEP's. This group celebrated a fantastic performance season by performing at an Indiana Pacer Game.
​ Before and while he taught in Perry Township, Mr. Ellis was on staff with the award winning Avon Marching Black and Gold from 2006-2015. The Marching Black and Gold were named "Grand National Champions" in 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as, ISSMA State Champions 7 times during that stretch. Students that started band with Mr. Ellis and continued into high school to perform with the Avon MB&G, have never finished below 3rd in the nation.
​ Mr. Ellis's teaching career began at Goshen Community Schools (Goshen, IN) where he was the Assistant Band Director. While at Goshen, groups received accolades at the Purdue Jazz Festival (Judges Award 2006), the Percussion Ensemble was the WGI Concert Open Class Champion and World Class Runner-up. While at Goshen, Mr. Ellis became the youngest teacher to conduct two different ensembles at the Indiana Music Educators Associations Convention (2005 and 2006). He was recognized as an "Outstanding Educator" by the district in 2006.

Ensemble Visual: Todd Clevenger
Serving as a designer, instructor, consultant and adjudicator, Todd Clevenger has been involved in the pageantry arts for more than thirty years. DCI, WGI, BOA and circuits across the country have seen finalist performances from groups with which Todd has worked. Well-versed in all facets of the activity, Todd is currently active in marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor percussion, and indoor winds.
A long list of respected programs have benefitted from the wealth of knowledge and student-centered approach that Todd brings to his teaching. Northmont High School in Ohio, Mililani H.S. (Hawaii), Las Vegas H.S. (Nevada), and Greenwood, Ben Davis, and Center Grove High Schools in Indiana are some of the programs Todd has enjoyed working with. For five years beginning in 2004, Todd was thrilled to be on the visual staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. In 2013 and 2014, Todd served as the visual caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado. Following this, in 2017 and 2018, he was the visual caption head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming. While continuing to work with high school groups like Mililani, Todd is currently serving as the program coordinator for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and as a visual design consultant for the WGI Open Class 2021 Champions, Horizon Winds.
Todd also served three years as the visual caption head for Indianapolis Independent (I2) Percussion Ensemble from Indianapolis, Indiana, a program which was an Independent World Class finalist two of those three years. In addition to teaching indoor percussion groups each winter, Todd is an active adjudicator and announcer, working for circuits nationally. His voice may be recognizable as WGI Percussion World Championships frequently find him behind the microphone serving as one of the voices of the Sport of the Arts. He also is an active host and announcer for Challenge Entertainment.
Todd holds a baccalaureate degree in education (B.S., History and Civics concentration) from Indiana State University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Greenwood, Indiana where they are the proud parents of two feline children, Waldo and Nymphadora. A proud Hoosier by birth, Todd passionately follows his beloved state teams: the Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Indiana Pacers. He also enjoys reading, cooking, and participating in competitive team trivia.

Field Music: Marvin Battle
Mr. Battle is the former Director of Bands, District Coordinator of Instrumental Music, and Fine Arts Department Chair for Edwardsville School District.  Throughout his 18 years of service as the Director of Bands, he amassed more than six hundred awards.  Mr. Battle received his Bachelors of Music degree from Eastern Illinois University and his Masters in Educational Administration from McKendree University.  Currently, Mr. Battle is in his third year as an Assistant Principal with the Edwardsville School District. Starting July 1st, he will become the Coordinator of Alternative Education for the Edwardsville School District. After being involved with the pageantry arts for 29 years, one thing he loves most are the opportunities to admire and appreciate the art of it all. Mr. Battle is a drill writer, adjudicator, and program coordinator for several programs.

Effects Visual: Bill Castillo
Bill Castillo is a percussion instructor and composer from St. Louis, Missouri. Bill is the office coordinators for Visaudio Designs. Bill was the Program Coordinator and an arranger for South County United Percussion based out of St. Louis. Bill has also taught with the Rockwood Summit High School marching band. Before Rockwood Summit, Northwest High School, Bill wrote for and the the Northwest High School percussion program. Prior to that Bill was the coordinator for the Belleville East High School percussion program. His drumlines and percussion ensembles have won numerous awards across the country. He has held similar positions at Wentzville High School and Belleville West High School. Bill is also an in demand arranger for numerous high school programs across the country.
Bill has taught camps at Truman State University. He has performed with various ensembles in the St. Louis area and given percussion clinics across the country.
Bill is owner of Messy Desk Music, a company that specializes in music writing, engraving and recording. He has worked with Key Poulan Music, JKS Music, Lorenz Music and Tapspace Publications among other companies. He has presented clinics on Virtual Drumline, Sibelius and Finale software across the country.
Bill is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity for men. He is also a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Pearl Drums and Adams Keyboards, and Remo Drumheads.
Bill is married to his wife Lori and they have three children.

Effects Music: Chris Church
Chris Church, a graduate of Missouri State University, is a 41-year Veteran Band Director, serving as the Director of Bands & Fine Arts Department Chairman in Willard, Missouri, and in Springdale, Arkansas. He is currently on staff with the Pride Band Program at Missouri State University as drill writing and teaches low brass methods. His marching bands consistently placed at or near the top in all festivals attended and he has also worked as a drill designer for numerous bands throughout the Midwest. Chris has over 20 years of experience working within Drum Corps International. He spent 13 seasons with the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois where he worked with 6 DCI Hall of Fame members. While with Phantom Regiment, Chris served on the Marching/Visual Staff, Visual Caption Head, and drill writer. He is currently serving as a Visual Judge for Drum Corps International (DCI) and has judged in 3 Indoor Winter Guard Circuits in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. He has provided marching clinics and adjudicated marching bands, concert, and jazz ensembles in 27 states throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy.
Field Visual: Mark Martin

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