Welcome to your online resource for the Bands of America Marching Band Championships!
Important Information for all Fall Championship Participating Directors
Communications for the 2016 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.
Click here for the Important Reminders for Directors, released in August.
NEW Band Video Policies for Bands of America Shows
There are two vital updates to past video policies that affect you and your band as a participant in 2016 Bands of America shows, regarding educational video copy of your show.
Music for All has a firm commitment to compliance with copyright law and the wishes of rights holders. As most of you know and are also aware, Music for All (and other in the pageantry arts) has been working diligently for the past two years to arrive at procedures, understandings, and interpretation of laws that assure compliance. Our experiences, in seeking to comply with law and the wishes of rights holder, have come at great risk and related expense. In order to regain and maintain focus on our mission and vision, and to minimize additional risk and diversion of resources, we have chosen to take actions intended to reduce our exposure and best support and advance our mission. To read more click the links below.
Schedule of Deadlines
A Schedule of Deadlines is available online and will aid you in your fall preparations. Please make sure to review this important document.
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. We strongly encourage you to submit your requests now. 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
Online Director's Checklist
Music for All will track all forms submitted for Fall Championships in an online checklist, the checklist will be available for viewing soon. 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.
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, 2016.
Program Book/ Script Information
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 2016 Regional 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.
Student Roster Submission Form
Music for All requests a roster of your band’s students so that we can provide personalized certificates commemorating their performance in the 2016 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, 2016.
*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.
Ticket and Pass Policies
Please review the Ticket and Pass Policy forms on our website. 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 “Store.” 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.
Whether you are performing at Grand Nationals or not – order your tickets early for the 2016 Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium. Prices, seating diagram and other information are online. Mark your calendar NOW for November 9-12!
Super Regional cooperative tickets will be ALL INCLUSIVE. You will receive twenty (20) General Admission Tickets good for admission to ALL sessions of the Super Regional, including Friday Prelims (where applicable) AND Saturday Prelims AND Saturday Finals (minimum face value of $840 to $1,080).
Housing for Fall Championships
All competing bands and their booster groups utilizing hotel accommodations for their stay during Grand Nationals, St. Louis Super Regional, Indianapolis Super Regional, Atlanta Super Regional, and San Antonio Super Regional are required to make their hotel reservations through the BOA Housing Bureau for the respective event. Housing links are available at http://www.boahousing.com/
Grand Nationals: The Grand National Housing Bureau will be open soon and info is available at www.boahousing.com. As a reminder, ALL Grand National 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 www.boahousing.com for more information.
Bus and Equipment Truck Parking
The following shows require the purchase of parking passes for all buses/trucks: Toledo, OH; Plano, TX; Winston-Salem, NC; Newark, DE; San Jose, CA; St. Louis Super Regiona, Atlanta Super Regiona, Indianapolis Super Regional, and San Antonio Super Regional. As we continue to finalize contracts with venues, certain shows may be added or removed from the list above. Refer to the Bus/Truck Parking Pass Request form online for pricing. Payment is not required for Grand Nationals for passes unless you require special overnight parking. Those passes will be available for purchase online by October 15. Typical rates are $50 per pass, valid for the duration of the event.
Click here to submit your parking pass request.
Click here for updated parking information released in August.
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. Please refer to your final packet Important Event Procedures for details regarding specifics for each show.
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.
2016 Bands of America Championship Patches
2016 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 below 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 event patch. Patches will be distributed onsite at each event.
Procedures and Adjudication Handbook
Grand National Participating Bands Only
A photograph of your band will be printed in the Grand National Championships program book. If you participated in the 2015 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 1.
2)BY MAIL: A color photo, 8” x 10” or smaller, overhead shot of band is preferred. Do NOT paper clip it to another piece of paper (the clip will scratch it) and do NOT staple it. Do mark your band’s name on the back with a soft tip pen, but please do NOT press down with a ballpoint pen (this will leave visible impressions when printing).