Competition 101

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Marching Band Competitions are an experience in and of itself, but can be quite daunting if you have never attended!

Each band performs their program for the audience & a panel of judges.   The judges are usually contracted through a governing association.   Phoenixville is a member of the Cavalcade of Bands, and all of their shows this year will be judged within that circuit.  (The BOA show in October is a separate entity that we will talk about later).

What are the judges looking for?

Judges watch, listen, comment, and score our students’ performances. Most times, judges are located in the pressbox. At some events,  there are judges on the field.   Judges are either looking for what is going on musically, what is going on visually, or how the two blend together to create a complete product.

A judge has three primary responsibilities:

1) Rank – determine the order that reflects the comparative quality of performance for each band (first place to last place)

2) Rate – give each band a score that accurately assesses the quality of performance based on the performance criteria rubric

3) Educate – provide recorded commentary that justifies the ranking and rating, as well as potential avenues for improving future performances


ALL ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE ARE EVALUATED USING A RUBRIC

Students don’t get lose points for mistakes they make.  Scores build up from zero, getting credit for the things they do well.  A band’s performance is evaluated based upon comparison to the qualities described in the criteria rubric.

Judges evaluate what is being performed at the same time as how it is being performed.


JUDGES ARE EDUCATORS & TEACHERS FIRST.

Most, if not all, come with a long history of teaching and performing in the arts.  They want to see great performances from kids, and will reward them for it!


SCORING IS SUBJECTIVE, AND CAN FLUCTUATE FROM WEEK TO WEEK.

Our goal for the band members is to continually strive for excellence – have the best possible performance they can, and let everything else fall where it does.


CHEER FOR EVERYONE!

If you see another band do something great, acknowledge it and let them know!   Remember….every single student on the field has been putting in the same work and effort as we are.   🙂

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