Rules & Regulations


Category Descriptions

Elementary / Middle School

A group is eligible for participation in the Elementary/Middle School category if all students involved are under the age of 14, or are full time students at an Elementary or Middle School (not necessarily the same school).  The ensemble’s parent organization may be a school, private institution, or community program. 

High School

A group is eligible for participation in the High School category if all students involved are under the age of 19 and are full time students at a high school (not necessarily the same high school). The ensemble’s parent organization may be a school, private institution, or community program.

Private Studio

This category is suitable for groups affiliated with private institutions (e.g. private music schools, colleges, etc.). There are no age restrictions; adult students may participate. Full time/professional musicians may not be featured as guest artists. 

Community

The Community category is suitable for groups formed with the intention of engaging members of their local community.  Groups may be part of a free or subsidized program offered by a non-profit arts organization open to a broad demographic.  There are no age restrictions; adult students may participate. Full time/professional musicians may not be featured as guest artists.


Rules & Regulations

Performance rules

  • All Private Studio, High School and Community groups are allotted up to 20 minutes total to perform 3 to 5 selections of the director’s choice.

  • Elementary/Middle School groups are allotted up to 15 minutes total to perform 2 to 4 selections of the director’s choice.

  • There is no required music list or test piece.

  • All bands will be playing “cold”, as there will be no warm-up location.

  • All music performed will be adjudicated. However, a group may “opt-out” of the competition-component at the director’s discretion and the group will not be included in the awards ceremony.

  • Total on-stage time including set-up, performance, and break-down, is not to exceed 45 minutes.

  • Penalties will be assessed for overtime performances.

  • Guest artists are not allowed to participate in your adjudicated performance. Performing groups must be limited to only full-time performing members and directors/assistant directors.

On-Stage announcements

Group repertoire information must be typed and submitted at least one week (Friday, May 3rd, 2019) before the competition to allow time for the announcers to review the information.  There will be no opportunity for directors to speak.  

Adjudication

There will be five adjudicators total. Three adjudicators will evaluate Private Studio, High School, and Community group performances. Two adjudicators will evaluate Elementary/Middle School groups. In the interest of fairness and compliance with our judging protocol, only bands competing in the High School, Community, and Private Studio categories will be considered for the Grand Champion Award. Elementary/Middle School age bands that wish to compete for the grand prize must register for either the Community or Private Studio categories. Musical scores are not necessary for the judges. Transitions between selections should be quick in order to make your performance as seamless as possible.

staging & band size

There will be 2 stages used simultaneously during the competition. While one band is performing on one stage, the break-down of the previous band and set-up of the consecutive band will take place on the other. Although there is no limit on the number of participants in each group, no band may have a larger footprint than 30’x30’ (30 feet by 30 feet). Each group will be required to provide a stage plot by Friday, May 3rd, 2019.

Penalties

There will be a five (5) point deduction from the TOTAL score for exceeding the performance time limit. It is necessary that each group limit its performance time to 20 minutes (15 minutes for Elementary/Middle School groups) to allow adequate time for set-up and break-down of equipment.

Provided Equipment

5 piece drum set with cymbals. Music stands will NOT be provided.

Stage Crew

Each group is required to provide their own setup crew. At times, festival stage crew will be available to assist with stage setup, but will not be responsible for the setup or any damage resulting thereof. 


Execution - 40 points

Technical Skill and Precision of the Ensemble

  • Correct pitches, rhythms, and phrasing

    • Melody

    • Accompaniment & counter melodies

    • Bass

    • Rhythm

  • Repertoire should match ensemble's abilities

style - 30 points

Interpretation (Arrangement), Musicality, & Cohesiveness

  • Dynamics and musical phrasing/shapes

  • Appropriate "feel" for each selection

rhythm - 15 points

Engine Room & Stylistic Interpretations

  • Stylistic appropriate rhythms, grooves, and concepts

    • Drum Set

    • Other Percussion, etc.

sound quality - 10 points

Tuning, Technique, & Approach

  • Quality of the ensemble's tone

    • Balanced instrumentation

  • Quality of the pan tuning

  • Technique

  • Stylistic interpretation of arrangements

stage presence - 5 points

Programming & Presentation

  • Diverse, yet representative of musical styles common to the steel band

  • Effective set list

  • Performers appropriately dressed

  • Strong Performance

    • Professionalism

    • Energy

 

Judging Criteria
& Ratings


Bronze - 70-79

Good

Silver - 80-89

Excellent

Gold - 90-100

Superior

Medals


PANFest Registration Rates 2017


Full Registration

(For Groups)

$48.00

  • Price per steel band participant
  • Directors - no charge
  • Includes Friday Workshop and Festival Competition

Festival Registration

(For Groups)

$38.00

  • Price per steel band participant 
  • Directors - no charge
  • Includes Festival Competition ONLY

$55.00

  • Price per individual NOT participating in the Festival Competition (Saturday)
  • Includes Workshop (Friday) ONLY
  • All events at the 24th St. Pavilion are free and open to the public!

Individual
Registration


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