Preview of Champions

The Preview of Champions is a Marching Band competition that is hosted each year by the William Byrd High School Band. The event is organized and ran as a fundraiser by the WBHS Band Boosters, band staff, and students. This is generally is the first competition each year for bands in the area.

“The concept of our competition is to offer excellent adjudication at an early stage,” said WBHS Band Director Dan Plybon.”This should in turn provide the necessary critiques in order to develop a successful and rewarding experience for the students. This is indeed a ‘Preview of Champions’ for all bands are Champions.”

Bands are judged on their musical performance, their marching form and precision, and on general effect (showmanship, guard work, difficulty level, communication with the audience, visuals, and transitions) and given a rating of superior, excellent, or good in the adjudication.

This year will be the 23rd year the WBHS Band has hosted the event. The Preview of Champions was started by the late David Vail, a former band director at William Byrd High School.

Following Bands Attending




This event is open to the public and is advertised on local radio stations and printed in the local newspapers with attendance at approximately 3,000 to 5,000. This is a great opportunity to support your local high school band program and promote your business within the community. Please consider advertising in our “Program of Events” – a professionally created program that includes the event schedule, photos of band participants and advertisements from businesses in our community. We offer several levels of advertisements based upon the size:

  • Business Card Size (50)
  • Bronze Partner ¼ Page Ad ($75)
  • Silver Partner ½ Page Ad ($150)
  • Gold Partner Whole Page Ad ($300)
  • Platinum Partners ($500) Logo on Front Cover, Full Page Ad, business announced in between bands.

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All proceeds will benefit the William Byrd High School Band program. Payments are made to “WBHS Band” which is a 501c Non-Profit Organization. All proceeds are tax deductible. For more information Click Here

Partners of the WBHS Band

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