Ensemble Performance Guide

Performance schedule with student names (must be logged into an Ames CSD account to view)

Performance schedule without student names (for public view)

Sample Ballots

Each judge will fill out a ballot (form) for each group.  He/she will judge your group on the categories listed. 
Click to view the ballot for Brass and Woodwind ensembles
Click to view the ballot for Percussion ensembles

Your performance will include

Each performance will consist of: 1) Preparation, 2) Introduction, 3) Performance, 4) Verbal feedback


  • Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time. If you perform at 4:20 or earlier, you do not have time to leave and come back to school. 
  • Dress nicely. If you don't have time to go home and change, either wear nice clothes to school or bring a change of clothes. 
  • Meet with your group in the band room. Have one person check in at your performance center to see if they are running on time. 
  • Warm up and tune. Spot check the music (don’t wear yourself out). 
  • Ten minutes before your performance, assemble in the hall outside your performance center and wait silently. 
  • After previous ensemble clears the room, enter and quietly set stands for your group - even height, in a semi-circle.
  • Arrange chairs and stands to fit your group.  Set stands at an even height for all in the group.  Set extra chairs and stands off to the side.


Wait until the judge gives you the go-ahead, then introduce your group. 

1st performer: "Good afternoon.  We are the ______ ensemble.  My name is (First and Last name), and I will play part ___."
2nd performer: "My name is (First and Last name), and I will play part ___."
(repeat for additional performers)
Last performer: "My name is (First and Last name), and I will play part ___We will perform (Title) by (composer)." 


Relax, breathe deeply, listen to each other!

Verbal Feedback

Your judge will take a few minutes to work with you after your performance.  He/she may ask you to play more or just offer some comments. 
After leaving the performance center, put your instrument away.  You may listen to other performances or go home. 

Your judge will also rate your group: I+ (Highly Superior), I (Excellent), I- (Good), or II (fair)