Jaguar Band Notes

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All the things you would like (and need) to know about Competitions!

While we, your booster officers, had acknowledged that because COVID had stolen a competition year, we had two classes of rookie band students, we had not completely realized that this also meant we had two classes of rookie parents! Our apologies! If COVID had not stolen a year, we would have 3 classes that had experience with marching band competitions. So we are going to try to make it up to you by explaining all we can in the sections below!

FAQ

Are school classifications for Bands of America and UIL the same?

No. BOA and UIL use different classification systems. Both systems are based on the school size, not band size. BOA has a total of 4 classifications (1A-4A) and UIL has 6 (1A-6A)


What classification is Johnson?

The Jaguar Band is classified as a 4A school in the BOA circuit and a 5A school within the UIL circuit.


What contests are prelims/finals contests and when will I know performance times? All contests except for UIL Region are prelims/finals format. Prelims performance times will be provided well before the performance in the itinerary. Finals performance times will be made available immediately following the prelims competition. Finals itineraries will always be sent out via the REMIND app.


What time should I show up for a contest?

Band contests are heavily attended events and we would highly recommend arriving at least an hour prior to performance time to navigate parking, stadium logistics, etc. Many of the stadiums have moved to a clear bag policy as well.


Will the stadium be cleared between prelims and finals?

Yes, most contests will require all audience members to clear the stadium at the conclusion of the prelims competition. I highly encourage parents to take an opportunity to watch the full finals show and show support for the other band programs!


What ticket should I buy for marching contests?

The band is never guaranteed a finals spot at any contest, however, the combination prelims/finals ticket typically provides a price break.


Can I take my student home from the stadium/marching contest?

No, all students ride home on the buses and turn in uniforms/unload the truck, etc. Special permissions to leave from the stadium can be considered in extenuating circumstances.


Does it disrupt the students to cheer while they are performing?

No, the students will perform better if you cheer for them throughout the show. After each arrival (loud) moment, technical moment (it sounds difficult), etc., applause is greatly appreciated by your performers.


Do we have 4 performances in one week of 10/18? Yes!

Tuesday, 10/19 is UIL Region Marching Contest

Wednesday, 10/20 is HaysCISD Band Festival

Friday, 10/22 is football game

Saturday, 10/23 is Area Marching Contest *assuming we qualify on 10/19

Bands of America (BOA)

You can find basic information about BOA below but if you would like additional information, check out their website.


Classifications: Bands are assigned to classes based on the following enrollment levels (grades 10-12):

Class A – 600 or fewer

Class AA – 601 -1250

Class AAA – 1251 -1750

Class AAAA – 1751 and above


Types:

  • Regional Championships: Up to 32 bands perform in preliminary competition with 10 bands advancing to the evening Finals.
  • Super Regional Championships: These are two-day regional events allowing a maximum of 84 participating bands utilizing two judging panels for preliminary competition. Prelims will take place over two days, with a maximum of 52 bands on Friday, 32 bands on Saturday, and a 14-band finals competition on Saturday evening.
  • Grand National Championships: A three-day, Preliminary, Semi-Finals, Finals event where forty-five bands perform in each of the two separate Prelims contests, balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. Thirty bands then advance to Semi-Finals with a formula that ensures inclusion of representatives of each of the four classes and the top scoring bands from the two separate Prelims contests and the overall event. (See Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics.) The top 12 scoring bands from Semi-Finals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s finals.


Adjudication System:

20 points1 Music Performance (Individual)

20 points1 Music Performance (Ensemble)

20 points2 Visual Performance (Individual)

20 points2 Visual Performance (Ensemble)

20 points Visual General Effect

40 points Music General Effect Timing & Penalties


1Averaged, 2Averaged


MUSIC PERFORMANCE (INDIVIDUAL) This judge is located on the field and is free to move about the field. This judge evaluates the entire show from beginning to end and uses an audio recorder for comments. There is one judge in this caption.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (ENSEMBLE) This judge is located in the stands or in the press box, whichever location affords the best vantage point. The location is fixed during the entire competition. This judge evaluates the entire show from beginning to end and uses an audio recorder for comments. There is one judge in this caption.

VISUAL PERFORMANCE (INDIVIDUAL) This judge is located on the field and is free to move about the field. This judge evaluates the entire show from beginning to end and uses an audio recorder for comments. There is one judge in this caption.

VISUAL PERFORMANCE (ENSEMBLE) This judge is located in the stands or in the press box, whichever location affords the best vantage point. The location is fixed during the entire competition. This judge evaluates the entire show from beginning to end and uses an audio recorder for comments. There is one judge in this caption. The two Music Performance judges have their scores averaged for a total of 20 points. The two Visual Performance judges have their scores averaged for a total of 20 points.

GENERAL EFFECT VISUAL This judge is located in the press box and uses an audio recorder for comments. There is one judge in this caption, and his score is not averaged with any other score.

GENERAL EFFECT MUSIC There are two judges in this caption, and both are located in the press box. They judge the entire show from beginning to end, using an audio recorder to record their comments; their scores are not averaged.

TIMING & PENALTIES The Field Manager is located on the field and is free to move about the field. The Field Manager assesses the entire show from beginning to end and uses a sheet for comments regarding all timing and penalty considerations of the show.

USBands

You can find basic information about USBands below but if you would like additional information, check out their website.


Classification - Group Size

USBands classification for participating ensembles is based on the total number of performers, not the size of the student population at their school. This count includes playing members, auxiliary (color guard, majorettes, etc.), and command personnel (drum majors, guard captains, etc.). This does not include members of an American Flag Section or Honor Guard when these members do not move or otherwise add to the effect of the program. Ensemble sizes are grouped as follows:


Group I 1 - 59

Group II 60 - 99

Group III 100 - 139

Group IV 140 - 169

Group V 170+


Adjudication System:

Music Individual = 20

Music Ensemble = 20

Visual = 20

Overall Effect Music = 20

Overall Effect Visual = 20

UIL

5A/6A Region Marching Contest

Marching band contests will be held in each region. Every band that receives a Division I rating at the region contest shall be certified for advancement to the area contest.


Area Marching Contest

The Jaguar Band competes in Area D. The Area marching contest will have prelims and finals. The number of bands that will advance to the finals will depend on the total number of bands that receive ones. You can find the formulas here.


State Marching Contest

UIL alternates State contest years as follows:

Open Class on Even Years: Area Contest (Conference 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A) and State Contest (Conference 2A, 4A, 6A)

Open Class on Odd Years: Area Contest (Conference 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A) and State Contest (Conference 1A, 3A, 5A)


UIL Adjudication System: Texas Music Adjudicators Association adjudication rubrics: Division I (Superior), Division II (Excellent), Division III (Average), Division IV (Below Average), Division V (Poor).

MUSIC

+ - Tone Quality

+ - Intonation

+ - Technique and Accuracy

+ - Phrasing and Artistic Expression

+ - Blend and Balance

+ - Precision and Timing

+ - Dynamic Contrast

+ - Style and Articulation

+ - Effective Use of Electronics (when present)

VISUAL AND MOVEMENT

+ - Control and Achievement of Form/Interval

+ - Control of Body

+ - Control of Equipment

+ - Precision and Timing

+ - Uniformity of Style

+ - Recovery

CONTENT

+ - Coordination and Effective Use of All Performing Elements

+ - Effective Visual Reinforcement of Music

+ - Suitability of Musical and Visual Content

+ - Frequency/Demand of Movement While Playing

+ - Continuity and Flow/Pacing

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