Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Final Countdown... NBTA Texas State 2019!

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Can you believe we are only two days from the 2019 NBTA Texas State Championship? We know twirlers all over the State have been basically living in the gym, practicing with all their heart, and preparing their best for this weekend. We wish everyone the best of luck and just remember, no matter what happens, smile and enjoy the celebration of our sport and our State coming together. Don't forget to follow www.facebook.com/Twirlingiscatchingtx for fun updates and results throughout the weekend.

To help everyone with their final packing and mental preparations, we have a few updates from our Contest Directors for what is sure to be fantastic event. If you have any questions about the event before Saturday, please contact tgmelinda@sbglobal.net. See you in New Braunfels!


Event Address
The accurate address for New Braunfels High School is 2551 Loop 337, New Braunfels, TX. 78130. 

Program & T-Shirt Pick Up
Program, Patches, & T-Shirt pick up will be 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, June 21st at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Schertz (17702 IH-35 North, Schertz, TX). They will also be available at the main table on Saturday and Sunday during the competition.


Note From The Directors
Please note there will not be any locker rooms available. It is suggested to bring pop-up changing tents if you have them to prevent the bathrooms from getting over crowded due to people changing in the stalls.



Schedule: Saturday, June 22
7:00 am: Contest Facility Opens
8:00 am: Contest Events Begin
  • Miss Texas Model
  • Miss Majorette & Pageant Modeling
  • Basic Skills Model
  • Best Appearing
  • Best Costume
  • Miss Majorette & Pageant Strut
  • Basic Skills Strut
  • Miss Majorette & Pageant Solo
  • Basic Skills Solo
  • (All of the events above Start with the letter E)
  • Show Twirl, Rhythmic Twirl, Collegiate Twirl, Collegiate Downfield
  • Group Events
  • Group Awards Presentation

Schedule: Sunday, June 23
7:00 am: Contest Facility Open
8:00 am: Contest Events Begin
  • Presentation
  • Basic/Military Strut
  • Open X-Strut
  • State X-Strut Championships
  • Advanced State X-Strut Finals
  • Open Solos
  • Advanced State Solo Finals
  • State Solo Championships
  • Awards Presentation

***This is a Tentative Schedule and is not a guaranteed timetable.  We will not stop the contest if it is running ahead of schedule.  Contestants are responsible for being in the lane 2 sets BEFORE their set number to compete. 


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Camp Calendar Series: 2019 South Texas Camp of Champions

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

In only four days, Twirlers from all over Texas will be in New Braunfels for the NBTA Texas State Championships. So exciting! This event will be the last step on the way to Nationals for many twirlers, and for others it will be the grand finale to their season.

Regardless of which category you fall in, or even if you aren't attending the State Championships, everyone is beginning to think about what their next move will be once State is over. Will you be going full speed forward training for AYOP? Will you begin learning new routines for the Fall? Or do you just want to take some of your skills to the next level? No matter which option might be the right one for you, this is where the South Texas Camp of Champions comes in!


*STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!* While the deadline is technically passed, they are still accepting registrations, so the sooner you can contact them, the better! Interested in attending STCC? Please visit www.southtexascampofchampions.com or contact Pat Montgomery by phone at (210) 393-3551 or via email at southtexascampofchamps@yahoo.com.

Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Who: Directors Pat Montgomery, Major Margaret Mann, and Nancy Eisenhauer
What: 2019 South Texas Camp of Champions
Where: Gonzales Junior High School Gym - 426 N. College St, Gonzales, TX 78629
When: June 26th to 29th, 2019 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (half day on the 39th)
Why: The South Texas Camp of Champions is a 4 day baton twirling camp held each summer. This camp has been around for many years and has been a great tool for Texas twirlers. This camp brings in big name local and out of State instructors to teach everything from introductory level to advanced tricks. Every twirler will leave camp with an arsenal of new or improved skills.


NEW FACILITY! This year STCC will be held in a new location! The facility in Gonzales has two great, air conditioned gymnasiums. The City of Gonzales is also so ecstatic to welcome the twirlers  and their families, they are rolling out the red carpet! STCC has been working with local businesses to plan events for parents to enjoy while the girls are at camp, including a Mimosas for Moms on Wednesday morning and local antique store is hosting a wine “sip & shop” on Thursday afternoon. In addition, campers will receive a welcome goodie bag! Wow! We can't wait to check out the City of Gonzales and all they have to offer!



Highlighted Program: STCC is very well known for its AYOP Readiness Program. Working with amazing National title holding instructors, those attending NBTA Nationals will participate in an intensive training program built to increase endurance, improve consistency, and prepare twirlers for the National level.

Amazing Instructors: One thing you can always count on at STCC is amazing instructors! This year will be no different as they are bringing back several popular instructors including:

*Former Wash. Feature Twirler, CMMOA, and World Medalist, Catherine Watters 
*Former Miss Colorado and Former ASU Feature Twirler, Meredith Winnefeld
*National Champion Coach and US Trial Judge, Sheri Carter
*Former State and National Champion,  Melinda Mann White
*Team USA Member and UTSA Feature Twirler, Michael Lopez
*Former University of Houston Feature Twirler, Rebekah Gonzales
*Texas Tech Feature Twirler and 2019 CMMofSW, Abby Morgan

Not only will these instructors be leading classes and prep sessions, but they are all available for private lessons as well! Make sure to include any private lessons requests with your registration!


Camp Logistics: Camp will occur June 26th to 30th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is also a half day option (8:00 am to Noon or 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm). Cost is $290 for full day or $160 for half day. The full day camp includes a healthy lunch each day. The cost of camp also includes a t-shirt for twirlers to wear on the Saturday of camp (if registration is received in time) for the parent show-off performance at 11:15 am.

Each day of camp, twirlers will arrive in athletic/practice appropriate clothes and start the day with a group warm-up. They then will divide into hour long sessions rotating each hour to a new class. Lunch is served at Noon, and the day ends at 4:00 pm. Twirlers should bring with them their baton(s), twirling shoes, water, snacks, and a willingness to learn and try new things.

If this sounds like an amazing opportunity, which it is, and you want to enroll your twirler, please visit www.southtexascampofchampions.com. Any questions? Contact Pat Montgomery at (210)393-3551 or southtexascampofchamps@yahoo.com. We hope to see you there!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Contest Calendar Series - 2019 NBTA Texas State Championships

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Can you believe we are only a week away from June? So much going on with graduations and end of school activities! We also have two major events happening next weekend to kick of the month of June... (1) The Texas State Twirling UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest and (2) The entry deadline for the NBTA Texas State Championship & Miss Majorette of Texas Pageant!


*DEADLINE SATURDAY* Please note that the deadline for the State Championship is on Saturday, June 1st. You must have your entry postmarked by this day. As a reminder, your entry must be sent with a Money Order or Cashier's Check, so plan accordingly. Entries will not be processed without payment. Click here to download the entry form. For more information, please contact tgmelinda@sbcglobal.net.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who? Director Major Margaret Mann with Asst. Directors Heather Hayden, Tori Mays, & Melinda White
What? 2019 NBTA Texas State Championships & Miss Majorette of Texas Pageant
When? Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23, 2019
Where? New Braunfels High School, 551 TX-337 Loop, New Braunfels, TX 78130


Why? State is a qualifying event for AYOP in several categories, especially the National Pageants. This competition will decide who represents the State of Texas in the Beginner and Intermediate National Pageants as well as the Miss Majorette of America pageants!

Unique Feature: When State is hosted in the San Antonio area you can always expect a well run contest with large trophies for pageants and custom plaques for teams. This year the event will be held in a new facility with tons of bleacher space, nice ceilings, and lots of space. We just know the weekend will be magic when we are spending it in the home of the Unicorns!


CONTEST HASHTAG: #txstatetwirl2019
For this event, we strongly encourage our Texas twirlers to utilize the hashtag #txstatetwirl2019 when posting photos of this competition on social media. Lets see if we can get State trending in Texas!

The Tex-An Award: At State each year we celebrate the hard work of all athletes, as well as the time, commitment, and passion put forth by the athletes' parents and coaches. As a State tradition, we will once again acknowledge one special coach who has given back to baton twirling and made it an even better and more positive sport for all the athletes by awarding them the Tex-An Award. We are looking forward to presenting the award to that special coach this year!


Director's Comments - "We are thrilled to welcome you all to the 2019 NBTA  Texas State Championships. This year we are celebrating with a throwback theme to our 1989 Championships. The patch sold at the 1989 Championships will be featured on our t-shirt so they are truly one of a kind. Please be sure to place a t-shirt order when submitting your entry! We hope to have an exciting competition, and if you are able to extend your trip to the San Antonio area we implore you to explore Schlitterbahn Waterpark or the town of Gruene, all within 15 minutes of the contest location!"

Want to attend this event? Please download the 2019 NBTA Texas State Championships Entry Form, or contact Assistant Director Melinda White at tgmelinda@sbcglobal.net for more details.

Also, don't forget to check out http://www.texastwirl.com/contests.html for information and entry forms for many upcoming camps in and around the State of Texas. There are many great programs heading our way, and you don't want to miss out!


We hope you have enjoyed this edition of the Contest Calendar Series. We are always looking for new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some info we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear about it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

2019 Fall Twirler Announcements - Kilgore College

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2019-20, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today's post announces the selection of the 2019-20 Kilgore College Twirling Line!


Kilgore College, located in Kilgore, Texas, is the home of the Rangers, and the Kilgore College Twirling Line. The KC Twirlers are known for their precision routines, dedication to perfection, and crowd-pleasing performances. You can see the KC Twirlers at many football games, pep rallies, and other community and school event. Under the direction of Jordan Jenkins, this great group of young ladies are helping to keep twirling thriving at the college level in East Texas.

Auditions were held on Saturday, May 18th, and seven twirlers were selected for the 2019-20 Twirling Line, including three returning twirlers and four new twirlers.

Returning this season are (pictured left to right):
  • Haille Stephenson from Kilgore, Texas - Majoring in Journalism
  • Tricia Still from Kilgore, Texas - Majoring in Nursing
  • Zan Turner from New Diana, Texas - Majoring in Nursing

New to the line this season are (pictured from left to right):
  • Katie Ash from Long Branch, Texas - Majoring in Business Administration
  • Laney Hearon from Whitehouse, Texas - Majoring in Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Madison Wilson from Gladewater, Texas - Majoring in Psychology
  • Madison Miley from Henderson, Texas - Majoring in Nursing

We want to wish these seven ladies the best of luck this coming season! Go Rangers!

By the way, there are lots of exciting things going on with the twirlers at Kilgore College. If you would like to follow this program you can check out more info online at www.kilgore.edu/activities/twirlers/twirlers or you can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kc.twirlers. One thing to note is their Annual Tops for Twirling camp held at Kilgore College is only a little over a month away! If you would like to join the KC Twirlers and other great instructors on June 26th to 29th, check out the Online Information & Registration Form. The entry deadline is June 15th, so don't miss out!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2019 Fall Twirler Announcements - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2019-20, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today's post announces the new 2019-00 Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Feature Twirler!


Located in Corpus Christi, TAMUCC is the home of the Islanders. This coming Fall, they will proudly feature newcomer, Victoria Contreras, as their Feature Twirler. Victoria, who is a member of the Texas Stingerettes Twirling Team, is from Corpus Christi, Texas and is happy to continue her education in her hometown. She will be a freshman studying Graphic Design, and she is very excited to be the new Islander Twirler!

Congrats Victoria! We know you will do an a great job representing at TAMUCC. Go Islanders!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Friday, May 10, 2019

2019 Fall Twirler Announcements - Texas State University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2019-20, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today's post announces the selection of the 2019-20 Texas State University Feature Twirlers!


Texas State, located in San Marcos, TX, is the home of the "Pride of the Hill Country" - the Bobcat Marching Band. Annually, the BMB selects up to two twirlers to serve in their feature positions. Auditions were held for the 2018-19 season on April 27th, and two twirlers were selected.

Returning to the BMB this season will be Kaylee Williams! Kaylee is from Whitehouse, Texas, and is coached by Shelby Elder and Janice Jackson Seamands. This Fall she will be a sophomore and she is majoring in Computer Science. Kaylee is also a Texas State University Ambassador.


New to the Maroon & Gold will be Megan Lazrine! Megan is from Sweeny, Texas, and is coached by Jana Reid. She is an incoming freshman and will be making in Business Management. Megan will graduate from Columbia High School, where she was the Feature Twirler, later this month.


A very exciting thing for these two twirlers this season is that the Bobcat Marching Band will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary! This will involve a ton of big celebrations, but most importantly is the Anniversary Kick Off Alumni Marching Band game on September 7th. Were you a former SWT or Texas State Feature Twirler? You can join these two ladies on the field at the alumni game. While the registration link is not available yet, it will be available shortly at www.txstate.edu/bands/bands/marchingband.html.

We look forward to seeing these two young ladies as they lead the Pride of the Hill Country and are featured at halftime in the Bobcat Stadium. Congrats to Kaylee & Megan! Eat 'Em Up Cats!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.

Friday, May 3, 2019

2019 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Hawai‘i

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2019-20, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we have a super exciting post. We are excited to announce that newest University of Hawai'i Feature Twirler for the 2019-20 Fall Season is Texas twirler, Callyn Marvell!



The University of Hawai'i, located in Honolulu, is the home of the Rainbow Warriors. While not only being an amazing vacation destination, Hawai'i boasts a great education system and marching band program.

How did this Texas Girl end up on the islands of Hawai'i? According to Callyn's statement in the announcement on the University of Hawai'i Bands Facebook Page, "Six years ago at our Texas State competition I met a former University of Hawai'i Feature Twirler. After speaking with her I thought about how awesome it would be to twirl in Hawai'i. It was always my dream to be a collegiate twirler. The honor was mine when I was selected as the Feature Twirler for the University of Hawai'i. The fact that I get to twirl and be in Hawai'i has to be two of my favorite things. I cannot wait to get to Hawai'i, see the amazing beaches (hopefully getting to twirl fire on one of them), immerse myself into the local culture, and to finally meet my new band family.”

Callyn is currently a student at Clark High School, where she the Feature Twirler and the Student Government President, and holds many State & Regional titles including being the 2017 Junior Intermediate Texas State Pageant Winner. She is from San Antonio, where she is a member of the Texas Gems. Callyn has been accepted in to the Pre-Nursing program at the University of Hawai'i.

We want to wish a huge congrats to Callyn as she begins her journey in Hawai'i! Go Rainbow Warriors!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.