Rules & Regulations
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 piece drum set with cymbals. Music stands will NOT be provided.
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
Accompaniment & counter melodies
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
Other Percussion, etc.
sound quality - 10 points
Tuning, Technique, & Approach
Quality of the ensemble's tone
Quality of the pan tuning
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
Bronze - 70-79
Silver - 80-89
Gold - 90-100