Important Reminders for the 2017 Bands of America Championships

Important Reminders for the 2017 Bands of America Championships

Important Documents for Review: 

 

Communications for the 2017 fall season will be sent via email with a link to access forms and information. All forms that need your completion are available in the Director’s Lounge and can be submitted online. Please verify the email address receiving this communication is where you wish to receive future communications. 

Please check with your IT Department to ensure that emails from musicforall.org will not get sorted as spam, delaying communication. 

ONLINE DIRECTOR’S CHECKLIST
Music for All will track all forms submitted for the Fall Championships on the Director’s Checklist via the Director’s Lounge area of our website. This checklist will include all items that were submitted by mail, fax, online or email. It may take up to three business days after receipt of any document before it is posted on the checklist. Please check your paperwork status online before contacting our office.

FALL INFORMATION FORM AND PROGRAM BOOK/SCRIPT INFO FORM
Links to the online Information Form and Program Book and Script Information Form were sent as part of the Fall Acknowledgement, and can also be found at: http://www.musicforall.org/resources/directors-lounge/regional-championships-information. These forms must be completed by September 1st for us to be able to include your band’s information in the program books and scripts.

BUS AND EQUIPMENT TRUCK PARKING PASSES
Please review the Bus and Truck Parking Information included in this communication for a general overview of parking passes and associated parking fees for Regional and Super Regional Championships. The Parking Pass Request Form and payment for passes (if applicable) must be submitted by September 1st. No later than the Tuesday before each event, parking passes will be emailed to directors.

ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION FORM
The Enrollment Verification Form must be completed by your school’s principal to verify your school’s enrollment and determine your band’s classification for the 2017 season. The form is available only online and its link was emailed directly to your school’s principal on July 31st. The form must be submitted by September 1st. Please follow up with your principal to ensure that it is submitted accurately. 

ARRANGEMENT LICENSING
Please remember that both U.S. copyright law and Music for All policies require that you obtain permissions to arrange for your custom arrangements. To avoid breaching copyright law, we advise you to submit your requests before you start working on the arrangement. You should allow at least eight (8) weeks to clear all the rights to your music. Please go to the Copyright Resources page on the musicforall.org website if you need additional information, direction on how to clear your rights, or assistance with securing your rights. http://www.musicforall.org/resources/copyright/copyright-resources

STUDENT ROSTERS, CERTIFICATES AND SEGMENT PATCHES
Music for All uses the count of students on your roster for the number of championship segment patches you receive for your students. We also ask that you include student contact information if possible so that we can communicate information about other Music for All opportunities and advocacy efforts to students and their families. You may upload an Excel version (.xls,.xlsx, .csv) of your roster as part of the Fall Information form or on the Roster Submission Form. This form is available online ONLY and is due by September 1, 2017. In order for the personalized student certificates to get printed before the event, participants in early season shows (on or before September 23rd) are asked to submit their rosters by August 18th.

If your roster is not submitted on time, we will be unable to print and provide your certificates that are normally presented during the preliminary awards ceremony and you will not receive your segment patches (participation and finals). If you provide your roster after the date above, Music for All will print and mail your certificates and segment patches after the conclusion of the season in mid-November.

Music for All is highly engaged in continuing the existence of music education in schools. Demographic and program participation numbers are essential to these efforts. We ask that you provide the roster names and contact information, unless expressly prohibited by school or district policies, so that we can strengthen our efforts to support music education and to communicate those efforts to your program’s families.

GENERAL EVENT PROCEDURES DOCUMENT
The General Event Procedures is a document that can help familiarize you with procedures that are standard at all Regional and Super Regional Championships. We will release an event-specific, individual Event Procedures document as part of each Regional or Super Regional’s final communication. Even if you are a director that has participated at BOA events in previous years, please read this document carefully, as some procedures have been updated or added for the 2017 season. 

PRINCIPAL/ADMINISTRATION INVITATION TO THE 2017 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Music for All is grateful to your school’s administration for their support of not only your music program, but the performing arts as a whole. To show our appreciation, Music for All would like to offer your principal four day passes for each Regional or Super Regional Championship in which your band is participating. More information will be sent directly to each principal in late August.

PROCEDURES AND ADJUDICATION HANDBOOK
Please download the 2017 Bands of America Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook (“rulebook”) and review it carefully. Click here to view and download the 2017 Handbook

NEW RULE CHANGES
Below are highlights of changes made to the BOA Adjudication Handbook for the 2017 season. A more detailed list can be found on page 2 of the PDF version of the Handbook.

Highlights (Section referenced in parentheses):

  • Bands participating in Grand National Championships and Super Regional events must utilize the BOA Housing Bureau for scheduling any hotel accommodations. (Section 3)
  • At Grand National Championships, schedules for Semi-Finals and Finals performances will be derived from a pre-draw conducted at Band Check-In. (10.03)
  • Beginning in 2017, bands may purchase up to an additional 10 credentials. Please see the section about Adult Credentials on the following page. (Sections 6, 9, 14, 17)
  • Any tie for overall championship (Regionals, Super Regionals, or Grand Nationals) will not be broken but rather be awarded to the two or more bands with a tie in final score. (Section 3)
  • Updated language for Scoresheet Explanations (Sections 7-12) and Criteria Reference. (Appendix A) 

 

PROP RULES REMINDER
Per our rulebook, props shall be limited to a maximum height of 12 feet tall, including safety or other railings or equipment. Additionally, no participant may be on, or be placed on, any portion of any prop where the participant’s feet are more than six feet above the playing surface of the stadium, unless appropriate safety railing and/or other safety equipment are in place and in use. Props that use air as an affect and are made of soft materials (streamers, fabric, inflatables, etc.) shall be limited to a maximum of 25 feet tall.

EATING LOCATIONS AT FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Please review the Picnic Information included in this communication for more details about feeding and watering your band at Regional and Super Regional Championships. 

JUDGE COMMENTARY AUDIO DELIVERY
Music for All is implementing a new digital adjudication system (Competition Suite) this fall. As such, you can anticipate additional communications between now and your first event regarding the new system implementation and how to access your band’s information. We anticipate that the following process will remain similar to past events. 

Approximately 90 minutes after your prelims performance, you will receive a text message to your primary director phone number letting you know that your commentary files are beginning to upload for you to review. You can then open up the CompetitionSuite phone/tablet application, visit the CompetitionSuite website or call the number from which you received the text message to listen to your commentary. All scores (both prelims and finals) and recaps will be held until the end of the finals awards ceremony. All scores will be available online via CompetitionSuite. No scores or recaps will be released prior to the conclusion of the finals awards ceremony. Due to the online system you will no longer need to meet a Music for All representative at field level to receive your sheets or recaps. 

COOPERATIVE TICKETS
Your cooperative tickets will be mailed to you two weeks prior to each show. The type of Regional in which you are enrolled determines the number of cooperative tickets you will receive, as follows:

Show

Type of Regional

Number of Cooperative Tickets Issued

Powder Springs, GA

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

Canton, OH

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

Toledo, OH

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

Austin, TX

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

Clarksville, TN

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

McAllen, TX

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

Dallas, TX

Early Season Regional

15 day passes

Conroe, TX

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Jacksonville, AL

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Dayton, OH

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Newark, DE

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Midland, TX

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Winston-Salem, NC

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

St. Louis, MO

Super Regional

20 GA tickets for each session*

Indianapolis, IN

Super Regional

20 GA tickets for each session*

Atlanta, GA

Super Regional

20 GA tickets for each session*

San Jose, CA

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Southern California (Site TBD)

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

San Antonio, TX

Super Regional

20 GA tickets for each session*

St. George, UT

Regular Season Regional

20 day passes

Grand National Championships

 

20 GA tickets for semifinals

*There are three sessions for each Super Regional: Friday Prelims, Saturday Prelims and Saturday Finals. At the Atlanta Super Regional, there is no Friday Prelims session; you will receive tickets for Prelims and Finals only. Reminder: Complimentary General Admission tickets cannot be upgraded to reserved tickets.

Note: Day passes are valid for both preliminary and finals competitions. You will only receive the amount and type of tickets indicated in the chart above, but additional tickets can be purchased at http://www.musicforall.org/what-we-do/boa-marching-championships/ticket-information

ADULT CREDENTIALS
Upon checking in on-site, all bands will receive six director name badges valid for both prelims and finals, as well as 25 field passes, valid for prelims only. Bands performing in finals will receive a new set of 25 finals field passes (plus any additionally purchased field passes) at the Finalist Directors’ Meeting. The badges will contain the names indicated on the Director Name Badge and Additional Credentials Form. Please see the section below titled “New in 2017” about purchasing additional credentials.

  • Name badges and field passes are valid for flow areas and field access during your band’s performance ONLY. Name badges and field passes allow entrance into the stadium concourse and spectator seating areas. Passes must be visible when entering the stadium.
  • Field passes are not tradable and may not be shared with other participating bands. The use of field passes will be monitored and penalties assessed for abuse of the rules.
  • Competing Band Field Passes for Finalist Bands will be handed out at the Finalist Director Meeting.
  • Nurses are not exempt from the field pass policy and must have a pass if needed on field during your band’s performance. BOA will provide an on-site medical crew all day. 
  • Driver wristbands will be distributed at Band Check-In. The number will be derived from your parking pass request form. Driver wristbands are valid for prelims and finals, for spectator entry only. Driver wristbands are not valid for field access.

 

NEW IN 2017: Per the January Bands of America Advisory Board meeting, bands may purchase up to 10 additional credentials. All additional credentials must be purchased by the Tuesday before the event by credit card only. The combination of additional name badges and field passes may not exceed 10. Of those ten, a maximum of 4 may be name badges. (BOA Adjudication Handbook Sections 6, 9, 14, 17). To purchase additional passes, you may do so on the Director Name Badge and Additional Credentials Form.

Cost of Additional Name Badges  Cost of Additional Field Passes 
Regionals: $25 Regionals: $15
Super Regionals: $55 Super Regionals: $25
Grand Nationals: $75 Grand Nationals: $36

 

MUSIC FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHY AND RECORDING POLICY
Please share this information with your parents and boosters to avoid surprises at the gate. Still cameras (digital or film, professional or otherwise) are allowed into the stadium and may be used from stadium seating, but not on the field. Videotaping is not permitted without the express written consent of Music for All. Tripods, or other similar equipment that may obstruct the view or path of travel of others, are not allowed. The issuance of a “Field Pass” or other non-media BOA Credential does not include the right to use a camera on the field. Pass holders must go into stadium spectator seating to use their cameras. More details will be included in the enclosed Important Event Procedures for each Regional.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS BY JOLESCH ENTERPRISES – ACTION, GROUP, SECTION
Jolesch Enterprises, the Official Photographer of Bands of America Championships, will be on site to capture professional photos of your students in action, as well as the official group and section photos commemorating your 2017 Bands of America Championship appearance. Photos can be ordered on site or online at www.bandgroupphotography.com 

REMIND YOUR STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS – OFFICIAL BOA SOUVENIRS POWERED BY PEPWEAR
All 2017 Official Bands of America and Music for All Merchandise is powered by PepWear! New apparel, including the Commemorative 2017 BOA Championship T-shirts and event souvenirs will be available for purchase onsite at the BOA souvenir stand and online at shop.pepwear.com/boa. Please tell your students and their families so they can bring home a BOA souvenir!

2017 CHAMPIONSHIP PATCHES
2017 Bands of America Regional Championship Patches will be available for purchase this fall online and at every Regional at the BOA souvenir stand. Click here to view the flier and click on the appropriate show to access the online order forms to pre-order 50 or more patches at a discounted price. In addition, BOA recognizes each and every student in the Regional Championship as a participant with a specially designed participant segment intended to complement the Championship patch.

HOUSING FOR FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
All competing bands and their booster groups utilizing hotel accommodations for their stay during Grand Nationals, St. Louis Super Regional, San Antonio Super Regional, Atlanta Super Regional, and the Indianapolis Super Regional are required to make their hotel reservations through the Bands of America Housing Bureau for the respective event. Click here to view links for the Fall Housing Bureau.

Grand Nationals and Super Regionals: The Grand National Housing Bureau and Super Regionals Housing Bureau information was sent out with the block time announcements. This information is available for your reference at the link above. As a reminder, ALL Grand Nationals and Super Regional participants who choose to stay in a hotel are required to use a participating Housing Bureau hotel as stated on your signed application/contract. If you do not need a hotel for Grand Nationals and would prefer to secure a non-hotel facility for housing or for rehearsal space, you can review the Facilities Contact List to review a list of Indianapolis area schools that may allow for overnight accommodations.

Regionals: Bands attending Regionals are not required to use a housing bureau; however, Music for All can assist you in securing hotel accommodations for Regional Championships. By securing hotels on a case-by-case basis, we can work to find a hotel in your preferred location and within your budget. Visit the above link for more information.

If you need special assistance or more information regarding the Housing Bureau, feel free to contact the Bands of America Housing Coordinator at 866-577-8829 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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