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City of McAllen and McAllen Independent School District Hosts Regional Marching Band Competition

by Public Information Office | Sep 18, 2015

 McAllen, TX – Talented and dedicated high school marching bands from throughout Texas will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at McAllen, presented by Yamaha, at the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium (2001 N. Bicentennial Blvd) in McAllen, TX on September 26th.

The championship event, hosted by the City of McAllen and McAllen Independent School Distract, will feature 32 high school marching bands in the preliminary competition, all of which will be evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts.

The top 10 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, which will ultimately name the Regional Champion. “Bands of America Championships are a program of Music for All, which has a mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” said Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “This being our 40th year of Bands of America Championships, we’re looking to provide even more unique opportunities for thousands of students to showcase the dedication, teamwork and mastery required and fostered through music and arts education.”

Schedule The preliminary competition begins at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m. Gates will open for the finals at 6:45 p.m. with performances beginning at 7:45 p.m. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands. Current times will be listed at

Ticket information Ticketing and schedule information is available online at or by calling 800.828.2263. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Standard general admission is $8 for preliminaries or finals, or $11 for a day pass to both. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats.

A $5 off any general admission ticket (individual preliminaries, finals or full day passes) discount will be available at the gate for college students, spectators 11-18 years of age, military members and spouses (military ID required) and spectators age 62 and over
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