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Atlanta Instrumental Division


Information for: CONCERT BANDS, SYMPHONIC BANDS, WIND ENSEMBLES, JAZZ BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS

  1. The festival is open to Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, and Senior High School groups with a minimum of 20 performers.

  2. Groups may enter for Comments Only, Rating Only or Competition/Rating and may elect to participate in a mini-clinic on stage immediately after the performance. Groups that enter for Competition/Rating and will be considered for the Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy provided a minimum of two groups choose to enter for competition in their division. (4 Divisions: Middle School/Junior High Band, Senior High Band, Orchestra & Jazz Band)

  3. There is no required music list, however, groups are encouraged to select music of the highest quality. It is advisable to choose selections comparable to those found on state or national lists. The director must provide original scores (no photo copies allowed unless authorized by the publisher) of each selection labeled with the name of the school and with measures numbered

  4. Groups will perform two or three works not to exceed a performance time of twenty minutes. Groups will be scheduled in twenty-five to thirty-minute blocks to allow for the optional clinic session. There will be twenty minutes available for warm-up.

  5. Groups should arrive twenty minutes prior to warm-up in their concert attire and the Director should check in in at the Registration table upon arrival.

  6. The performances will be adjudicated by three experienced judges. Each judge will provide a numerical assessment and recorded comments on CD. Groups will receive a rating based on the following scale: GOLD (90-100), SILVER (75-89), BRONZE (60-74), and BLUE (45-59). The composite rating would be determined as follows:


    GOLD STANDARD (G) GGG GGS GGB    
    SILVER STANDARD (S) GSS GSBr SSBr SSS  
    BRONZE STANDARD (Br) GBrBr SBrBr BrBrBr SBrBl BrBrBl
    BLUE STANDARD (Bl) SBlBl BrBlBl BlBlBl    


    One Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy
    will be awarded to the group in each of the three divisions (Middle School/Junior High Band, Senior High Band, Orchestra & Jazz Band) entered for competition that received the highest numerical score in the GOLD STANDARD category. One Championship Trophy will be awarded to the group receiving the highest numerical among all participants each weekend regardless of Choral or Instrumental divisions.

  7. Each group will receive a specially designed trophy to commemorate its level of achievement. All trophies will be presented at the Saturday night Awards Ceremony held in the Six Flags Southern Star Amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. All festival participants should plan to attend this special event. Adjudicator packets will be distributed at this time. If you are unable to attend the Celebration, please indicate that at registration.

  8. Equipment provided: podium, chairs, stands, four timpani, chimes, xylophone, vibes, marimba and concert bass drum with stand and a tuned acoustic piano.

March 16th 2018 April 20th and 21st 2018
March 23rd and 24th 2018 April 27th and 28th 2018
April 6th and 7th 2018 May 4th and 5th 2018
April 13th and 14th 2018 May 11th and 12th 2018
May 18th 2018
*Registration opens on July 1, 2017

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