West TN Small Band Championship
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West TN Small Band Championship hosted by Jackson Christian

 
The Jackson Christian Eagle Marching Band will host our first annual band competition, “The West Tennessee Small Band Championship,” on October 22, 2022. Admission is $10 cash at the gate. A schedule will be provided in coming weeks.

Competing Bands:

  • Huntingdon High School
  • Haywood High School
  • Waverly Central High School
  • Halls High School
  • McEwen High School
  • Hollow Rock Bruceton Central High School
  • Lexington High School
  • Dyersburg High School
  • Liberty Creek High School
  • West Carroll Jr./Sr. High School
  • Camden Central High School
  • Covington High School
  • Crocket County High School

 

Register your band here.


Judges Panel

 
 

Alex Sears – Music Ensemble

 

Alex Sears is entering his 12th year of teaching and his 3rd year as the Director of Bands at the new Rockvale High School in Murfreesboro, TN. Prior to his appointment at Rockvale, he served as band director and taught marching bands at Siegel High School, Eagleville School, and Marshall County High School. During his time at these schools, his ensembles regularly achieved superior ratings at competitions and festivals including multiple BO Regional Finalist appearances, a US Bands Regional Championship, and being named Reserve Grand Champion and Honorable Mention at the Contest of Champions at MTSU. In addition to teaching, Alex is also an active composer and arranger of wind books for both marching band and indoor winds. Ensembles he has written for have been named finalists at the Tennessee Division 2 State Band Championships and have earned medals at the SCGC Winds Circuit Championships. He currently serves as a staff arranger for South Coast Music and Design.

 

A graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, Mr. Sears received his undergraduate degree in instrumental music education. He spent two summers marching with the Esperanza Drum And Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA, and won the 2006 Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble gold medal for trombone.

 

Scott Steward – Music Effect

 

Scott, a 2012 Dove Award winner who also recorded on a 2009 Grammy Nominated Recording Project, is a trumpet player who has made quite a mark as a musician in L.A. and Nashville.  He has played lead trumpet for the FOX Reality Show “Next Great American Band,” finalist “Denver & The Mile High Orchestra” for many years ,as well as worked on jobs with the Paul Cacia Jazz Orchestra, Louie Bellson, Bill Watrous, Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns, Jimmy Smith, Milt Bernhart, Pete Rugolo, Bobby Shew and many others. In 2013 Scott performed at Carnegie Hall as principal trumpet with the Mannhattan Pops Orchestra as well as an artist appearance with Denver & The Mile High Orchestra on the same night. In his youth, he performed as a Soloist for The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and The Freelancers Drum & Bugle Corps.

 

As an educator, Scott has worked on staff for many reputable drum corps and high school programs, including The Spirit Of Atlanta, The Madison Scouts, The William Mason High School Band, The Franklin High School Band, The Siegel High School Band, The Etiwanda High School Band and for almost two decades, The McGavock High School Band.

 

Chris Lowry – Visual Ensemble 

 

Chris Lowry is one of the band directors at Rockvale High School in Murfreesboro, TN. He holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting and a Bachelors in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University.

 

Mr. Lowry currently performs on the Titans Blue Crew Drum Line. He marched in the drum line of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, and with Music City Mystique Percussion Ensemble in 2013 and 2015. He is an Innovative Percussion Artist.

 

Mr. Lowry is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, and is the webmaster for MTSBOA. He resides in Murfreesboro with his wife Rebecca and sons James and Isaac.

 

 

J.R. Seals- Visual Effect

 

An active designer and adjudicator, J.R. Seals considers himself first and foremost a fan of the marching arts activity! His concepts have entertained, provoked, and inspired generations. His engagement is rooted in a selfless desire to maximize each and every performance.

His contributions have produced numerous successes at the regional and national level. From 2001-2018 he led the creative development of Union City High School in Union CIty, Tennessee. During his tenure the program earned Ten Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Class Championships. He owns JRSeals Concepts and is the founding editor of TennesseeMarching.com. J.R. resides in Union City, Tennessee.

 

Adrian Baker – Percussion

 

Adrian Baker is a Middle Tennessee native, currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View, TN.  Prior to being in education administration, he served as a band director for eight years in Middle Tennessee.  Mr. Baker has directed and taught several award-winning ensembles, both middle and high school, public and private.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Baker serves as composer/designer/arranger/consultant for several high school ensembles as well as an international drum corps.  His compositions and arrangements for marching band, jazz band, concert band, percussion ensemble, and small ensembles have been featured at many concerts, festivals, and competitions.

 

Cassie Bratcher – Color Guard

 

Cassie Bratcher has served in the world of marching arts for 20+ years as a performer, choreographer, designer, and program consultant. She has worked with programs from Tennessee to Kentucky, but spent the majority of her career as Milan High School Marching Band’s Color Guard Director. In 2017, she stepped down from that position to focus on her career in education and being a mom and wife. Since stepping down from the director spotlight, she has worked closely with many programs from developing storyboards, to designing the perfect uniforms and flags, to choreographing.

 

During Cassie’s time with Milan (2006-2017), she designed uniforms, flags, props, and choreographed all equipment, dance work, and assisted in visuals for wind players. Milan color guard was one of the top guards within its class at any and all contests attended, and brought home 2nd place Division 2 guard multiple times. In 2016, she helped lead Milan Band to bring home a Division 2 bronze medal for the first time in 30+ years.

 

In addition to her color guard career, Cassie served as drum major for Milan. Post graduation, she went on to attend clinics to further her education in performing arts to better enhance her knowledge to assist in any and all areas of the marching arts. Furthermore, she has trained conductors while assisting with developing conducting routines for drum majors throughout West TN.

 

More recently, Cassie joined the Gulf Coast Judges Association. She has begun judging in the area of movement analysis within the winterguard circuit, and she continues to work closely with mentors as the evolution of the marching arts continues.

 

Many of her students have gone on to march with Austin Peay Color Guard, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Eklipse Independent Winterguard, Paramount Winterguard, and Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard.