2013 VBODA MARCHING BAND ASSESSMENT
Brandon Neal, Chairman
VBODA will sponsor the 33rd Annual MARCHING BAND ASSESSMENT in October and November 2013. The event will be held in eight locations this year. Bands will be processed by their applications but not registered until I receive your $175.00 entrance fee. (All sites will be based on distance to site and then *first come, first served*). After a site is full I will place your group at your second choice location and contact you.
Entry Fee and Application Due Date
The entry fee this year is $175.00 per school (judge's tapes and a video of your groups performance will be furnished). The Marching Band Assessment Official Application and copy of your NAfME card must be postmarked by Friday, September 13, 2013. Any application postmarked after September 13, 2013 must include a $100.00 late fee. Applications postmarked after September 20, 2013 will not be accepted! Please have a line of communication with me, do not put your group in a position to miss this assessment!
Performance Order and Class Size
(All Bands MUST perform within their class! Groups attending the Southeast Assessment we will continue to use the *split* day format due to travel.) Your group's performance order will be based on 1. Number of winds & percussion - those making sound 2. Distance from the site 3. Your applications postmark (First to be turned in- last to perform).
Classifications are as follows:
Class A 0-50
Class AA 51-70
Class AAA 71-95
Class AAAA 96-130
Class AAAAA 131+ Up
All groups will be assessed by 7 judges. The breakdown of judges in the press box is: 3 music performance, 2 visual performance, and 2 general effect. Ratings will be given from I to V. They will then be tallied to achieve a final rating. NO SCORES WILL BE DELETED! A power point made up by the marching assessment committee will be placed on the web site.
This will explain the caption judging and how the score sheet is to be used.
You have 15 minutes to run and complete your program. The time will include: set-up, warm-up (if you use one), performance and exit. The timing will begin when the first person crosses the field boundary and ends when the last person crosses the field boundary. Any warm-up done within the performance area must be done to the backfield bleachers and within the official field boundaries. Once a group performs the first note of a warm-up their 15 minutes will start! Minimum show length is 6 minutes.
Any violation of the assessment rules will result in the overall rating being lowered. Timing penalties will result in the highest individual judge's rating being lowered one grade level.
Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band
The VBODA Marching Band Assessment will continue to be the first step in achieving this honor. Bands receiving a superior rating in both marching and concert festival will receive this designation.
After the deadline for applications passes I will make up the site schedules. The schedule for your site will be posted on the http://www.vboda.org/ website under Marching Band Assessment. I will also e-mail this schedule to you with final instructions.
All bands must march within their class except the Southeast Site due to travel.
Host schools will have the option of where they march within their class or prior to the long meal break for judges due to their students assisting. Once the schedule is posted no changes will be made!
This mailing is based on the directory on the CD and the new schools list from the Virginia High School League. If you find anyone not receiving this mail out, please have him or her contact me. Hope everyone has a very successful year! Thanks to the marching committee for all their hard work.
VBODA Marching Assessment Chairman