The Pilot Point Drumline Invitational

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Welcome to the Inaugural Season of the PPDI!

The Pilot Point Drumline Invitational was designed to showcase the talents of small school percussion programs throughout the North Texas region through standstill drumline performances. This contest will be the first percussion contest in the area exclusive to schools 4A and under, giving smaller programs a competitive environment.

Event Details:

  • The PPDI will take place at Pilot Point ISD's Massey Stadium. Performances will begin at 8AM on Saturday, September 28th, 2019, and following all performances will be an exhibition by the Pilot Point High School Drumline and an awards ceremony.

  • Three judges will represent the final scores of the contest. Awards will be given to best in class, best section captions, and best overall.

Our Judges:

  • Connor Pickle is a professional musician and educator living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. He currently serves as the Director of Percussion for Royse City ISD in Royse City, TX. His responsibilities include percussion curriculum and instruction for grades 6-12, directing the classical and marching percussion ensembles, and team teaching the concert band performing ensembles. Prior to his position at Royse City, Mr. Pickle served as the Director of Percussion for North Mesquite High School and Melissa High School. Mr. Pickle earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Music Education and Percussion Performance studying with Dr. Brian Zator at Texas A&M University-Commerce

  • Michael Crawford currently serves as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas where he is pursuing a PhD in Music Education. Prior to his appointment at UNT, Michael spent 10 years as a Director of Percussion in Denton ISD, Aledo ISD, and Frisco ISD as well as an Adjunct Lecturer of Percussion at Tarleton State University and Drumline Instructor/Arranger at Baylor University. Michael is a Marching Percussion Artist for Pearl/Adams.

  • Curtis McCarthy is the Director of Percussion at Anna ISD.  The Anna Coyote Marching Band is a consistent UIL Sweepstakes winner and UIL Area Marching Finalist.  Most recently, the Anna Band advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Contest for the first time in 2018.  Under his direction, the Anna High School Drumline has earned caption awards at the Aubrey Marching Classic, Sounds of Fall Marching Classic, and McKinney Marching Invitational.  The Anna HS Indoor Percussion has also been a consistent top finisher in the NTCA Percussion Championships, earning silver medals in 2016, 2018, and 2019 as well as a bronze medal in 2017.  Mr. McCarthy is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce where he studied privately with Dr. Brian West and Dr. Brian Zator. 


  • Each performing drumline will cost $150 to participate. This will include a one hour warmup block, performance, as well as written and audio feedback from our judges.

  • Registration is available via online and mail-in entry. All entries must be received by Monday, September 16th at 5PM. 

  • Please make all checks payable to Pilot Point Band Boosters and mailed to:

Pilot Point High School
Attn: Josh Donnelly
1300 N. Washington St.
Pilot Point, TX 76258

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Additional Questions

  • This is my school's first time to compete at a drumline competition. What are we expected to perform?


Standstill drumline contests consists of the drumline and front ensemble performing their marching show on field(with drum stands or harnesses), but standing in a drumline arch or line on the 50 yard line. They will receive feedback from judges on solely on percussion technique and performance. If the show requires soloists from the wind sections, they are welcome to be a part of the performance. If your marching show has a movement that doesn't feature your percussion section(mallet nor battery), you are welcome to cut it from your performance.

  • Are all participants required to wear marching band uniforms?

    We understand the weather during this time of year, so therefore participants are not required to wear marching uniforms. However, school shirts with khaki shorts are also a professional backup uniform. Regardless, please have your performers all wear appropriate uniforms that would be approved by your school's dress code if they are not in marching uniform.

  • How will performance times be selected?

    Each UIL Division classification will perform together until completed, starting with 1A and finishing with 4A. Each school will be selected from a random number generator in order to provide a fair schedule. If your school has any time conflicts, please contact Josh Donnelly.

  • What does each band need to do for the Awards Ceremony?

    Each performing group will need to select one drumline member to represent their program at the awards ceremony. They will be responsible for receiving awards for their classification and caption awards.

  • Will there be concessions or vendors?

    Concession stands will be available for everyone attending the PPDI, benefitting the Pilot Point Band Boosters. T-shirts will also be sold to commemorate the inaugural year of the PPDI. Vendors are TBD.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Josh Donnelly at

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