Pride of the Mountains Marching Band

Tournament of Champions



Saturday, OCT 21st at WCU’s E. J. Whitmire Stadium

We strive to provide students, staff and parents alike an unforgettable experience. For 2017, the competition will return to a preliminary/finals format with the addition of a 20-minute clinic session for directors and staff after every band’s preliminary performance. The clinic will be conducted by nationally recognized adjudicator who will focus on design as well as performance. The purpose of the clinic will be to provide immediate feedback, constructive critique regarding band performance and design, as well as create a format for question/answer with the clinician and each band’s director and staff. Our goal is to increase the educational value and performance/design awareness of your band’s performance.

We will again offer four divisions during the preliminary competition including A, AA, AAA and AAAA class. Our field finalists will showcase winners from each of these classes as well as the next 6 highest scoring bands, providing us with an amazing 10 band finals competition.

See the letter from WCU's Director of Athletic Bands, David Starnes for more information regarding this amazing opportunity.


2017 Competition Schedule Announced

We are excited to announce the competing bands for the 17th annual Tournament of Champions. With a full show this year's event looks to be better than ever. You can find the competition schedule here!

Online Registration Process - Entry Form

ONLINE Registration will time stamp your submission date/time and determine your performance time for the preliminary competition. Within two weeks of your online registration, the downloadable form with your Principal’s signature and registration fee of $100.00 will be due. Should you fail to mail your performance agreement within two weeks of your online registration, your submission will be voided and will require that you resubmit another online form. In doing so, your initial performance time stamp will be forfeited. The link below will be active on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00am to submit your registration.


Ticketing Information

Tickets for the 17th Annual Tournament of Champions will be $15. This includes Prelims and Finals Competition! Anyone under the age of 7 will be admitted for free. Groups of 15 or more will receive a discounted ticket price of $12 per ticket. Groups will need to pay with one check made out to WCU Tournament of Champions. For question regarding tickets please email:

2017 Judge Panel

Our educational mission is to provide your program a nationally renowned panel of evaluators who will offer clear, in-depth, and useful commentary. Throughout the evaluator assignment process, we consider each individual’s background as an educator, creative mind, as well as their ability to provide constructive criticism, delivered in a positive manner to high school students. These individuals are selected on their ability to comment “beyond the score sheet” and deliver educational insight to your staff and students that will assist in the growth, improvement, and motivational aspects of your marching band program. We are honored as well as excited to extend you this invitation for participation in the 17th annual “Tournament of Champions.” We promise to do everything in our power to offer your students, staff, and parents, a first-rate experience coupled with unparalleled educational feedback.


Judge bios will be posted  in the coming weeks. The percussion, color guard, and drum major judges will be announced in April.

  • Dale Warren
  • Chip Crotts
  • Joel Denton
  • John Phillips
  • Mike Rubino
  • Mike Jackson
  • Tom Rarick
  • Mike Anderson
  • Jamey Thompson
  • Linda Harvey
  • Scott Beck


Please feel free to contact us should you have specific questions regarding your participation. We look forward to spending Saturday, October 21st with your fine band program!

  • David Starnes, Director of Athletic Bands/Assistant Professor of Music:
  • Matt Henley, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands:
  • Jon Henson, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands: 
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