Bands Across The Prairie

The 17th Annual Bands Across the Prairie
Marching Invitational will be held
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Registration fee is $140   Be sure to register TODAY!

This year's exciting show is limited to the FIRST 20 BANDS WHO SUBMIT THEIR $140 REGISTRATION FEE. Don't delay, reserve a place for your band by sending your $140 registration fee, TODAY! The show fills up quickly!

Complete your band's reservation online

WHEN YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS:
Take the road around the perimeter of the campus until you are greeted by our parking attendants and host committee. You won't have to find your way around or wonder where to park!

Please be aware that we will reserve one spot per band for parking adjacent to the stadium for your choice of an equipment trailer or an equipment van/bus. All other buses and vehicles will be parked in the Bus Lot immediately to the west of our performance complex (see map). Also, no motorized vehicles will be allowed on the stadium track at any time.

CATEGORIES OF ADJUDICATION

MUSIC - GENERAL EFFECT: [200 Points]
Adjudicated from up in the Press Box, this caption considers the overall effect and impact of the performance from a musical standpoint. Three main areas of concern on the judge’s ballot include musical content, performance effectiveness, and coordination of the music to the visual elements of the show.

MUSIC - EXECUTION: [200 Points]
Adjudicated down on the field, this caption considers the musical performance on an individual level. Within the main areas of brass and woodwinds, the judge’s ballot considers accuracy of notes and rhythms, phrasing, precision, and the overall level of difficulty of what is being performed.

MARCHING & MANEUVERING - GENERAL EFFECT: [200 Points]
Adjudicated from up in the Press Box, this caption considers the overall effect and impact of the performance from a visual standpoint. Main areas of concern on the judge’s ballot include visual repertoire, showmanship, definition of patterns, staging, and the overall integration of the visual and musical elements.

MARCHING & MANEUVERING - EXECUTION: [200 Points]
Adjudicated down on the field, this caption considers the level of uniformity within the band during the performance. Main areas of concern on the judge’s ballot include accuracy and definition, uniformity of technique, poise, and overall demand based on the visual elements of the performance.

PERCUSSION: [100 Points]
Adjudicated down on the field, this caption examines both the Battery (marching percussion members) and the Front Ensemble (grounded “pit” percussion members). Ballot considerations include level of demand, exposure to difficulty, individual and ensemble technique, and overall musicianship.

COLOR GUARD: [100 Points]
Adjudicated from up in the Press Box, this caption considers the overall effectiveness of the auxiliary members of the ensemble, both in terms of individual performance as well as in relationship to the entire band’s performance. Main areas of concern on the judge’s ballot include level of artistry, level of achievement, and the utilization of time and space.

CLINICIANS
Although their final scores are not included in the total given for each band’s performance, the Clinicians are providing one of the most unique and valuable educational opportunities ever presented to area high school marching band members. Immediately after viewing a band’s performance from the Press Box, the Clinician is transported to either the Concert Hall or the Auditorium of Prairie High School, where they await the arrival of the band that just finished performing! Then, in the air-conditioned comfort of our state-of-the-art facilities, the Clinician reviews the performance with the band via large-screen video projection, connected to a wireless sound system and equipped with a laser pointer! Students and directors now receive immediate feedback regarding the strengths of their performance, as well as areas that may require improvement. Members of each band performing in the “Bands Across the Prairie” Marching Invitational no longer have to wait until the next rehearsal on Monday to see and hear how they performed tonight…they can see and hear it immediately, and through the experienced eyes and ears of our talented Clinicians!