McKendree University Preview of Champions

McKendree University Preview of Champions
McKendree University - Lebanon

Event Tickets
$8 – Adults 14 and up (includes program)
$6 – Children ages 7-13 (does not include program)
Free – Children 6 and under
*All tickets will be sold at the main entrance to Leemon Field.

The Marching Bearcat Band hosts the McKendree University Preview of Champions Marching Band Competition, one of the largest independent high school marching band competitions in the St. Louis area!

Information for Participating Directors:

We offer following amenities for attending bands:

*Lighted Game Day Turf Field
*Bands perform based on number of instrumentalists
*Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each class and Grand Champion Award
*Caption awards to include: Outstanding Percussion, Color Guard, Visual Presentation, and Music Performance
*Video review immediately after each bands' performance
*Clinician comments immediately after each band's performance
*Indoor Director and Staff hospitality room overlooking the field
*Concessions will be available for purchase

To Participate:

Step #1 – Complete the registration found HERE

Step #2 – Turn in a payment request to your Business Office or Principal

NOTE: An Entry Fee of $200 is due by August 31, 2019. Please mail your payment after submitting your registration. After August 31, 2019, the Entry Fee will raise to $250. Please mail in your check after after submitting your registration.

Make checks payable to: McKendree University Bands

Mail to:
McKendree University
Attn. Director of Athletic Bands - POC 2019
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

Step #3 - Please contact your principal or business office to secure a Certificate of Insurance listing McKendree University as an additional insured for the 2019-2020 academic year. This process is required for you to complete due to the policy of our institution. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in this process. Thanks!

Step #4 – Verify your final numbers in the marching band (this information will be e-mailed to you approximately one month prior to the show).

Step #5 - Following your final show information confirmation email with McKendree, please return the attached "Clinician Information Form" at some point during the week before show.

Participating Bands

Class 1A:
Best Music: Centralia Marching Showcase
Best Visual: Murphysboro Crimson Express
Best General Effect: Murphysboro Crimson Express
Best Percussion: Murphysboro Crimson Express
Best Color Guard: Centralia Marching Showcase
4th Place: Richwoods Marching Knights
3rd Place: Orchard Farm Marching Knights
2nd Place: Centralia Marching Showcase
1st Place: Murphysboro Crimson Express

Class 2A:
Best Music: Carbondale Marching Terriors
Best Visual: Effingham Red Regiment
Best General Effect: Effingham Red Regiment
Best Percussion: Carbondale Marching Terriors
Best Color Guard: Carbondale Marching Terriors
4th Place: Richland County Marching Tigers
3rd Place: Northwest The Spirit of Northwest
2nd Place: Effingham Red Regiment
1st Place: Carbondale Marching Terriors

Class 3A:
Best Music: Highland Marching Bulldogs
Best Visual: Highland Marching Bulldogs
Best General Effect: Highland Marching Bulldogs
Best Percussion: Highland Marching Bulldogs
Best Color Guard: Highland Marching Bulldogs
2nd Place: Civic Memorial Marching Eagles
1st Place: Highland Marching Bulldogs

Class 4A:
Best Music: Collinsville Marching Kahoks
Best Visual: Collinsville Marching Kahoks
Best General Effect: Collinsville Marching Kahoks
Best Percussion: Collinsville Marching Kahoks
Best Color Guard: Collinsville Marching Kahoks
3rd Place: Seckman Jaguar Pride
2nd Place: Mehlville Marching Panthers
1st Place: Collinsville Marching Kahoks

Class 1A and 2A Grand Champion: Murphysboro Crimson Express

Class 3A and 4A Grand Champion: Collinsville Marching Kahoks

Overall Grand Champion: Collinsville Marching Kahoks


Gary Westbrook - Band Clinician
Jeff Fiedler - Band Clinician
LeaAnne Arata - Guard Clinician
Leah Cummins - Guard Clinician
Ken Steinsultz - Music
Joe Manfredo - Music
Doug Keiser - Music GE
Kevin Nevsimal - Visual
Will Fairbanks - Visual
Mark Donahue - Visual GE
John Tocco - Guard Adj
Chris DeBerry - Percussion Adj

John Franklin
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