Jazz Ensemble Competition
The 32nd annual Jazz Ensemble Competition will be held Friday, May 3, at Shenandoah University. The competition will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude around 5 p.m. The bands compete in three classifications which are determined by student enrollment in Grades 7-12. Bands perform 20 minutes of music of their own selection.
The Winchester Award is given annually to the outstanding ensemble participating in the competition. Additional awards are presented to the first- and second-place bands in each classification and to each band receiving a superior rating. ADMISSION IS FREE!
Awards for 2013
1st Place: Braddock Middle School
1st Place: Mountain Ridge High School
1st Place: Tuscarora High School
Winchester Award – 1st Place Overall:
Mountain Ridge High School
President’s Award – 2nd Place Overall:
Tuscarora High School
Director’s Award – 3rd Place
Braddock Middle School
By classification, beginning with Class C and concluding with Class A.
Competition starts at 8:00 a.m.
Limited to one band per school.
$100.00 per band.
Determined by school enrollment in grades 10-12.
- Class A 1401 or more
- Class B 701-1400
- Class C 700 or fewer
- Ensembles may compete in a higher classification than enrollment indicates,
but not in a lower classification. Middle school and junior high school
bands perform for ratings and comments only.
Each ensemble must play a minimum of ten, but not more than twenty minutes
of music. There is no required musical program. However, programs are
expected to be well balanced and provide sufficient variety for valid
adjudication (for example: Swing Tune, Ballad, Jazz/Rock Tune).
By three adjudicators.
Ensembles receiving a Rating I will receive an award for that accomplishment.
Ensembles receiving I and II ratings will be eligible for the following
- The Winchester Cup for the outstanding ensemble.
President’s Award for the ensemble achieving the second
highest point total regardless of classification.
- The Director’s Award for the ensemble achieving
the third highest point total regardless of classification.
First, Second and Third place awards are presented in each classification.
Ensembles will receive individual score sheets and a cassette recording
of each judge’s comments.