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Concert Band Competition
Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
The 46th annual Concert Band Competition will be held on Friday, May 4th in Armstrong Hall on the campus of Shenandoah University.
Schools are divided into classifications according to the grade level and difficulty of the music performed. Each band is required to perform three selections within a 30-minute period, and two of those selections must be chosen from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ graded music list.
ADMISSION IS FREE! The doors will open at 10:30 am with the first performance at 11:00.
Applications must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $15.00 Applications received without the application fee will be considered incomplete and returned. Payment in U.S. dollars please.
Applications will be processed as they are received. Consideration of applications will be subject to available space in each event.
A Director’s Handbook will be sent to the Director of each accepted band. This Handbook is a complete guide including maps, diagrams, instructions and sample adjudication forms.
The application fee is not refundable. Refunds of the entry fee will be paid in full for cancellations received prior to May 1st. There will be NO REFUND for cancellations received after May 1st.
Sweepstakes Award Information
The band receiving the highest average band score in the Grand Feature Parade, plus their average score in a minimum of two other band competition events, will be the Sweepstakes Award winner. Auxiliary units or individual awards will not be considered.
The Sweepstakes Award winner will receive a trophy, be the Honor Band for next year, and will be featured in next year’s Band Brochure.
Awards For 2018
1st Place: Mardela Middle & High School
1st Place: George Washington Middle School
Overall – Regardless of Class:
Shenandoah Award – 1st Place Overall: Mardela Middle & High School
President’s Award – 2nd Place Overall: George Washington 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 unless space permits.
$100.00 per band.
Determined by the lowest grade level piece performed for adjudication.
– Class A Music Grade VI
– Class B Music Grade V & VI
– Class C Music Grade IV, V & VI
– Middle school and junior high school bands will perform for ratings and comments only.
Each band is judged on three selections. One selection may be a march or other nongraded selection, while the two must be chosen from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association music list which will be forwarded upon acceptance.
By three adjudicators.
Bands achieving a Rating I will receive an award for that accomplishment. Bands receiving I and II ratings will be eligible for the following awards:
- The Shenandoah Cup for the outstanding band.
- The President’s Award for the band achieving the second highest point total regardless of classification.
- The Director’s Award for the band achieving the third highest point total regardless of classification.
First, Second and Third place awards are presented in each classification. Bands will receive individual score sheets and a cassette recording of each judge’s comments.
NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to change. Online ticket sales end on April 26, 2018, after this time all tickets must be purchased at the Official Festival Store, or at the event (if available).