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Judging

Awards & Criteria

Sunset Festival of Bands provides not just a judging result, but a critique and feedback opportunity for each participating band prior to the competition phase of the event.

Awards to be presented in both Division I and Division II:

  • 1st Place Award
  • 2nd Place Award
  • 3rd Place Award
  • Best Music Award
  • Best Drum Major(s) Award
  • Best Percussion Award
  • Best Color Guard Award

Awards to be presented over all divisions:

  • Most Improved Performance Award

Color Guard Scoring:

PROGRAM CONTENT: OVERALL VOCABULARY

  • Use of Form, Body & Equipment
  • Use of Expressive Components of Space, Time, Weight & Flow
  • Variety
  • Visual Musicality
  • Interpretation of Music
  • Staging
  • Integration
  • Totality & Unity
  • Use within the Overall Design Process
  • Clarity & Emphasis
  • Musical Structure, Phrasing & Nuances

ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH FORM, BODY & EQUIPMENT

  • Demonstration of Training
  • Compatibility
  • Clarity of Form, Body & Equipment
  • Precision
  • Variety of Responsibilities
  • Clarity of Style & Technique
  • Consideration of the Overall Environment
  • General Expressive & Technical Skills

Drum Major Scoring:

LEADERSHIP

  • Contribution through time
  • Variety
  • Depth of Musical Demand
  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Intensity
  • Showmanship

PERFORMANCE

  • Timing/Accuracy
  • Precision
  • Salute
  • Control
  • Style
  • Demand
  • Clarity

Music Individual (Clinic Performance)

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICIANSHIP

  • Shaping
  • Inflection
  • Phrasing
  • Expression
  • Idiomatic Interpretation
  • Depth of the Musical Challenge
  • Consideration of Total Environment

METHOD AND TIMING

  • Note Accuracy and Tuning
  • Attacks and Releases
  • Uniformity of Articulation
  • Enunciation
  • Tongue Control and Stick Control
  • Arm and Wrist Technique for Percussionists
  • Control of Tempo and Pulse
  • Depth of the Physical Challenge
  • Depth of the Environmental Challenge

Music Effect (Competition Performance)

EFFECTIVENESS OF REPERTOIRE

  • Coordination
  • Pacing
  • Concept
  • Interpretation of the Music
  • Tension/Release
  • Impact and Climaxes
  • Aesthetic/Intellectual/Emotional Qualities
  • Creativity and Originality

EFFECTIVENESS OF PERFORMERS

  • Communication
  • Emotional Intensity
  • Nuances and Artistry
  • Expressive Effect
  • Achievement of Technical Excellence as Effect

Percussion Scoring

ACHIEVEMENT OF MUSICIANSHIP

  • Shaping
  • Phrasing
  • Expression
  • Style and Idiomatic Interpretation
  • Communication
  • Quality of Sonority
  • Balance and Blend of All Elements
  • Tempo Control
  • Tuning

QUALITY OF TECHNIQUE

  • Timing/Accuracy
  • Clarity of Articulation
  • Ensemble Cohesiveness
  • Pitch Accuracy
  • Appropriateness of Timbre
  • Quality of Sound/Consistency of Timbre
  • Uniformity of Technique
  • Technical Proficiency

Visual Individual (Clinic Performance)

TECHNIQUE AND TRAINING

  • Demonstration of the Fundamentals of Chosen Technique
  • Individual Alignment and Intended Variations
  • Effort Qualities and their Variety
  • Demonstration of Principles: Balance, Posture, Weight Shifts
  • Understanding Overall Environment of Performance Recovery
  • Variations through Equipment
  • Demonstration of Control of Challenges in Meter and Velocity

ACHIEVEMENT

  • Variety of Responsibilities
  • Challenge of the Visual Responsibilities
  • Timing
  • Overall Control of Form and Music
  • Spacing and Alignment of Form in Small Segments
  • Precision with Respect to the Challenge

Visual Effect (Competition Performance)

EFFECTIVENESS OF REPERTOIRE

  • Coordination
  • Pacing
  • Concept
  • Interpretation of the Music
  • Tension/Release
  • Impact and Climaxes
  • Aesthetic/Intellectual/Emotional Qualities
  • Creativity and Originality

EFFECTIVENESS OF PERFORMERS

  • Communication
  • Emotional Intensity
  • Nuances and Artistry
  • Expressive Effect
  • Achievement of Technical Excellence as Effect

 

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