2018 Bands of America Championships Event Information

2018 Bands of America Championships Event Information

Join us at the 2018 Bands of America Championships

From the first step on the field with the BOA event environment for performers and spectators to the excitement of the awards ceremonies, Bands of America Championships create an aura of excellence that fosters healthy competition and student and professional development, all in an atmosphere of celebration for the entire band program.

We provide the finest venues, quality evaluation, and opportunities to observe other bands, all in a positive, affirming, and celebratory atmosphere. Participating bands receive commentary from the most skilled judges and educators in the nation. For the band director, Bands of America Championships are an opportunity to demonstrate excellence, and to evaluate the achievement of your students, as well as the progress of your program on a national level.

Bands of America fall programs are just one of the many ways Music for All works year-round to support and advance music education for everyone. Whether our programming for marching band, concert band, orchestra, or choir; our professional, leadership, and musical development for directors and students; or our national leadership role in promoting and defending music and arts education through advocacy efforts – Music for All is here for you.

Event Overview

Regional Championships

Bands of America Regional Championships are complete championships and educational events in their own right, not qualifying events for the Grand National Championships. Up to 34 bands perform in preliminary competition with 10 bands advancing to the evening Finals. Events that do not have 18 bands enrolled by May 15 are subject to cancellation by BOA. Some Fall Regional Championships will have a parking fee of up to $30 per bus/truck. Amounts will be communicated in your Acknowledgement Mailing. With your enrollment in a BOA Regional Championship, your participation includes:

Early Season Regional: $700 per band 

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more
  • 15 Day Passes* (Day Pass includes one general admission Prelims and Finals ticket.) (Minimum face value $345)
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges good for admission to Prelims and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • Each student from a non-finalist band will receive a complimentary Finals ticket
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • Face value of tickets and passes: at least $858

Regular Season Regional: $875 per band

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more
  • 20 Day Passes* Day Pass includes one general admission Prelims and Finals ticket. (Minimum face value $460)
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges good for admission to Prelims and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • Each student from a non-finalist band will receive a complimentary Finals ticket
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • *Face Value of tickets and passes: at least $973

Super Regional Championships: $875 per band

Bands of America Super Regionals offer enhanced two-day regional events at world-class venues, second only to the Grand Nationals experience. 

NEW IN 2018! Expanded Prelim and Judging Format Change for Super Regionals

Bands of America Super Regionals offer enhanced two-day regional events at world-class venues, second only to the Grand Nationals experience. For the last several years, Music for All has experienced an increased demand for participation in our Super Regional Championships, particularly the San Antonio Super Regional. We have a responsibility to provide access for as many bands as possible to our Bands of America Championships.

In order to provide the opportunity for more bands to participate, an updated format for 2018 will allow for an increased maximum of 80 bands at the Super Regionals, utilizing two judging panels for preliminary competition. Prelims will take place over two days, with a maximum of 50 bands on Friday, 30 bands on Saturday, and Finals Saturday evening.

The judging responsibilities for Super Regionals will be divided into A and B panels, alternating between blocks. (See BOA Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics. The 2018 Handbook will be released by May 2018.) If there are 45 or more bands enrolled at a Super Regional, 14 bands regardless of classification will advance to finals. If there are less than 45 bands, 12 bands regardless of classification will advance to finals.

All Super Regional events will have a parking fee of up to $30 per bus/truck. With your enrollment in a BOA Super Regional Championship, your participation includes: 

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more
  • 20 Combo Tickets* (Combo ticket includes general admission to each session – Friday Prelims, Saturday Prelims and Saturday Finals.)
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges* good for admission to Prelims and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • *Face value of tickets and passes: at least $2,198

Grand National Championships: $975 per band

NEW IN 2018! Judging Format Change for Grand Nationals

The Grand National Championships is a three-day, Preliminary, Semi-Finals, Finals event. Fifty bands perform in each of the two separate Prelims contests (Thursday and Friday), balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. For fall 2018, judging responsibilities will be divided into A and B panels, alternating between blocks, per day. A minimum of 30 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 BOA Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics. The 2018 Handbook will be released by May 2018.) The top 12 scoring bands from Semi-Finals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s Finals.

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more (on the day your band performs)
  • 20 Semi-Finals Tickets*
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges* good for admission to Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • *Face value of tickets and passes: at least $1,839

Eligibility and How to Apply

All high school bands are eligible to enroll in BOA Regional or Super Regional, and Grand National marching band championships. Bands do not have to enroll in a Regional Championship to enroll in Grand Nationals. All events are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Bands may choose competitive or input only participation. Applications must be signed by both the director and the school principal or superintendent, and must be accompanied by the Participation Cooperative Fee to be considered a complete registration. 

Registration Requirements

Registration is complete once an application form has been submitted, a consent form signed and submitted by the band director and school principal, and the Participation Cooperative (enrollment) Fee has been paid.

How to Apply

You can complete your application online, with the option to pay online with a credit card, or offline with a check. Regardless of payment method, payment MUST be postmarked by the January 31 deadline for your application to be considered complete and eligible for the initial random draw. Online applications will still require a consent form. Your administrator indicated in your online application will receive an online consent form by email immediately upon submission of your online application.

A complete registration consists of an application, a consent form, and payment. A Purchase Order UNFULFILLED or NOT PAID by January 31 will NOT be considered a registration complete by the postmark deadline of January 31, therefore not eligible for the random draw.  Payment – either deposit option OR full amount – must be postmarked or submitted, online or by mail, with a completed application including administrator signature, by January 31 for a band to be considered for the initial draw for performance times.

Paper applications must include the signed consent form on page 1 of the paper application and payment (credit card or check only) to be considered complete. No purchase orders will be accepted as a method of payment to complete registrations.

Scheduling

Complete registrations received on or before the designated postmark date of January 31 are eligible for the initial random draw. After January 31, performance times, if available, will be based on the postmark of application, with the earlier postmark receiving the later performance time. A complete registration consists of an application, a signed consent form, and payment. 

Regional Championships

Any 2017 Regional Champion (with complete registration submitted on or before January 31) is given its choice of prelim performance time at the event they won the previous year.

Super Regionals Championships

The structure/procedure (in order of consideration) for Day of Performance is as follows:

  • Any 2017 Bands of America (BOA) Regional Champion, the 2017 Grand National Champion or the 2017 Grand National Class Champion enrolled in the event may choose its day of performance (Friday or Saturday). 
  • Bands that request a Friday performance draw slot on their enrollment application will be assigned to perform on Friday. 
  • The 30 bands that are the farthest distance from the performance venue will be given priority for a Saturday Prelim performance time. After Saturday slots have been filled, the remaining participating bands (those geographically closest to the performance venue), will have a Prelim performance time on Friday. 
  • Distance is determined by using mileage information from school street address to stadium street address obtained from Google Maps.
  • In the event that performance spots remain in the show, bands that apply after the postmarked date of Jan. 31 will be placed in the earliest prelim times on Friday.

Grand National Championships

All Bands 325 Miles or Further from Indianapolis

There will be two preliminary events–Thursday Prelims and Friday Prelims–with up to 50 bands each. Bands of America recognizes that the travel distance for some bands will necessitate missing one to two days of school just for travel time. In order to retain the integrity of Grand Nationals as a national championship and enable bands from across the nation to participate, BOA will allow bands traveling from schools located more than 325 miles (one way) from Indianapolis to choose to either be part of the regular performance time draw OR choose to participate in a special draw for the first block of times in the Prelims 2 contest. Bands from schools more than 325 miles (one way) from Indianapolis must select their preference on the application form.

Thursday Prelims Volunteer Opportunity

It is feasible for groups within an approximate 200 mile radius of Indianapolis to perform on Thursday, return home for a full day of school on Friday, then return to Indianapolis. Bands that volunteer will be assured performance times prior to 8:30 p.m. Bands can select this option on the application form.

Point System

If more applications are received by the designated postmark date than spots in a show, a Bands of America point system is used to determine which bands are eligible for the initial draw. Points are allotted based on band participation in BOA events over the previous four years. The 2018 BOA Point System will incorporate a band’s participation from the 2014 through 2017 fall marching band seasons. Bands can earn a maximum of 12 points, with a maximum of three points earned per year. For each year, 1 point is awarded for total Regional and Super Regional participation, and 2 points awarded for Grand Nationals participation. The point system does not affect performance times in any other way.

Important Event Information

Band Classification

Per our commitment to re-evaluate the classification system, classification numbers are re-evaluated every three years and have been updated for 2018. Bands are classified by school enrollment, grades 10-12 only. Under our four-class system, Class A is up to 600 students, Class AA is 601-1250, Class AAA is 1251-1750, and Class AAAA is 1751 and above. For purposes of determining enrollment, your principal must certify enrollment and consider all those students in the grades 10-12 population as reported on fall State and/or FTE funding reports.

Copyright Documentation

Music for All takes care to comply with copyright laws and requires compliance by those who participate in our events. Music for All insists that its participants demonstrate that they have complied with the law by providing evidence of written permission from copyright owners to perform custom musical arrangements. By doing so, we can also meet our own obligations to acquire live performance, mechanical, and synchronization rights. Musical arrangements may not be duplicated or recorded in any form by the user, without permission from the copyright owner.

Event Date Changes and Refund Policy

Because Bands of America uses a large number of collegiate facilities, certain dates on this schedule cannot be finalized until affected conferences issue final fall football and television schedules. Any schedule changes will be communicated to all participating bands. “Postmark” dates and Participation Cooperative Fees will be “protected” should a site or date change require you to transfer to another BOA Regional date/site, or withdraw. Participation Cooperative Fees are not otherwise refundable or transferable from one event to another. We reserve the right to cancel a Regional if 18 bands are not registered by May 15, 2018.

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