Welcome to your online resource for the Bands of America Marching Band Championships!
Important Information for all Fall Championship Participating Directors
Communications for the 2017 Fall Championship season will sent be via email with a link to access downloadable forms. The official prelim schedule for any Fall Championship will be released within four weeks of your registered event.
The following forms and documents have been sent in the Initial Acknowledgement Mailing, and pertain to ALL Participating Directors:
- Schedule of Deadlines
- Important Information for Participating Directors
- Director's Checklist
- Information Form
- Copyright Report
- Director Name Badge and Additional Credentials Form
- Program Book and Script Information Form
- Student Roster Submission Form
- Bus/Truck Parking Pass Request Form
- Standard Field Markings
- Hash Mark and Tunnel Entry Dimensions
- Bands of America Championship Patch Pre-Order Form
- Ticket and Pass Policies
- Scholarship Applications
- Housing Bureau Information
- Procedures and Adjudication Handbook
The following forms and documents are for those bands participating in Grand Nationals:
A Schedule of Deadlines is available as a PDF and will aid you in your fall preparations. Please make sure to review this important document. All deadlines are posted online as well.
Important information concerning many topics to prepare you for your participation.
Music for All will track all forms submitted for Fall Championships in an online checklist, the checklist will be available for viewing by August 1, 2017. 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 Director Checklist. Please check your paperwork status on the checklist before contacting our office.
Due September 1, 2017
The Information Form is ONLY available for online submission. This is to ensure that information is readable and the process is more efficient for you. This form is extremely important for your involvement in the Championship, both pre-event and onsite. This form must be filled out completely and submitted by September 1, 2017.
Due September 1, 2017
Please remember that both U.S. copyright law and Music for All policies require that you obtain permission to arrange for your custom arrangements. To avoid breaching copyright law we strongly advise you to submit your requests before you start working on the arrangement. You should allow at least eight weeks to clear all the rights to your music. Please go to our Copyright Resources page if you need additional information, direction on how to clear your rights, or assistance with securing your rights.
We also require you to fill out our Copyright Report stating what arrangements you're using and providing a permission to arrange document for each composition in your performance.
Submit Copyright Report
Due September 1, 2017
Each band will need to submit this form. If you would like to purchase additional credentials for the season, you can order those here.
Due 30 Days Prior to event
Music for All requests information about your band’s repertoire so that we can provide it in the announcer’s script on site, and for our commemorative 2017 Championship program books. The Program Book and Script Information form is ONLY available for online submission. Please submit this form no later than 4 weeks before your first Regional Championship so that we can meet our printing deadlines.
- BAND DIRECTOR - Printed in the program book.
Band Director(s) will be listed only, as provided (no separate listing for assistant band directors). Instructional staff, designers, music arrangers are not listed.
- ASSISTANT BAND DIRECTORS - Announced during the band field-exit script.
Band Directors and Assistant Band Directors are announced ("Under the direction of [band director(s)], with assistance from [assistant band director(s)].") Band Directors and Assistant Band Directors as defined for Bands of America event purposes are certified teachers who are hired by the school as full time classroom teachers and/or teachers of record for the band classes.
- We do not announce "Classified" Teachers, para-professionals, instructional staff, designers, or music arrangers.
Due September 1, 2017
Music for All requests a roster of your band’s students so that we can provide personalized certificates commemorating their performance in the 2017 Bands of America Championships. Rosters MUST be submitted electronically using Excel (Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word, PDF’s and/or Faxed rosters cannot be accepted). This form is available online ONLY and is due to our office no later than September 1, 2017.
*We understand that due to student safety issues, many school districts do not allow the release of student contact information. If this is the case at your school, we ask that you still send us a list of your students (first name, last name). This roster is used to provide a personalized certificate for each student, as well as obtaining an accurate count of your ensemble for participation segments and champion medallions. Music for All requests student contact information so that we can communicate directly with your students and their parents about further educational opportunities.
Due September 1, 2017
Every Band neefs to fill out this form so we can account for the correct amount of vehicles in the parking lots. These passes are for buses and trucks ONLY and may not be used on personal vehicles. One staff vehicle pass, which is valid for the bus/truck parking lot, will also be sent for SELECT SHOWS only. We are unable to accommodate staff/personal vehicles in the bus/truck parking lot at venues where space is limited.
To ensure the safety of your students, bands are not allowed to eat food in the bus/truck parking areas at an event. Please relay this information to your booster group as they plan for your fall season. We will disclose a suitable picnic location, if available, either on or offsite, in your final event packet.
Information for Bands of America Super Regional Championships and Grand Nationals. See Map.
Information only. See document.
2017 Bands of America Regional, Super Regional, and Grand National Championship Patches will be available for purchase this fall at either the BOA souvenir stand or online. Use the Patch Order Forms (coming soon) to pre-order 50 or more patches at a discounted price of $7 ($8 per patch onsite). In addition, BOA recognizes each and every student in the Regional, Super Regional and Grand National Championships as a participant with a specially designed participant segment intended to complement the souvenir event patch. Segment patches will be distributed to each band director onsite at each event.
Please review the Ticket and Pass Policy forms. These forms provide information regarding name badges, field passes and tickets. Be sure to share this information with your staff members and booster group.
Tickets for the fall shows are available at musicforall.org under “Shop”, then "Tickets". Band supporters who wish to sit together at any event with reserved seats need to purchase tickets as a block. Seats not ordered together are not guaranteed placement together.
Music for All Foundation Scholarships
The Music for All Foundation is dedicated to creating, providing, and expanding positively life-changing experiences thought music for all. This scholarship awards honor students nominated by the directors of bands performing at Grand National Championships. More information and Application.
Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Fund Scholarship
Fred J. Miller, Inc., is a leader in pageantry uniform design and manufacturing, outfitting many of the world's best marching bands. As the Official Uniform Sponsor of Music for All, thier support helps make Music for All's educational programs possible. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a student nominated by his or her band director. The student must have also performed at any one of the Bands of America Marching Championships. More information and Application.
All competing bands and their booster groups utilizing hotel accommodations for their stay during Grand Nationals, St. Louis Super Regional, Indianapolis Super Regional, and San Antonio Super Regional are required to make their hotel reservations through the BOA Housing Bureau for the respective event.
For more information please read our web page on the BOA Housing Bureau.
Housing links are available at http://www.boahousing.com/
We are happy to share with you the 2017 update to the Bands of America Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook. We strongly encourage all participating directors to read the document in its entirety. It is important to become familiar with procedural clarifications prior to your performance.
Grand Nationals Field Logos
Facilities Contact List
Tournament of Roses Committment Form- Due September 1, 2017
Professional Photo of Band
A photograph of your band will be printed in the Grand National Championships program book. If you participated in the 2016 Grand National Championships, MFA will request a photo from last year’s event provided by Jolesch Enterprises. If you were not at Grand Nationals last year, please indicate on the Program Book/Script Information sheet how you plan to submit the photo. Materials are due to Music for All by October 18.