Band and Orchestra

Band and Orchestra Festival is an opportunity for ensembles from member schools to perform a program of three pieces for adjudication, one of which must be from MSBOA's required list. District-level festivals are held at the end of February through the beginning of March. Each group is evaluated by three performance judges and one sight-reading judge.


Ensembles are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being the highest rating possible. The overall score is computed using a formula which combines the ratings of each judge. Ensembles that earn an overall 1 rating (or "Superior") are qualified for State Band & Orchestra Festival which is held in late April or early May. The basic structure of State Band & Orchestra Festival is the same as District, but the ensembles are held to a higher standard. Participating ensembles that earn a rating of 1 or 2 at District or State Festivals receive a certificate and are eligible to purchase plaques for display at their school and medals for each student.


Please note the following update in the Band and Orchestra Festival participation fees:

  • $145 for all JH ensembles as well as HS class D and C ensembles

  • $160 for all HS class B, A, and AA ensembles


MS C/D = UIL Level 1

MS A/B = UIL Level 2

MS AA = UIL Level 3

HS C/D = UIL Level 4

HS A/B = UIL Level 5

HS AA = UIL Level 6


MS C/D = UIL Level 2

MS A/B = UIL Level 3

MS AA = UIL Level 4

HS C/D = UIL Level 5

HS A/B = UIL Level 6

HS AA = MSBOA-selected HS AA music

2021-2022 District B&O Festival Sites (registration deadline 12/9/2021):

  • March 2/3 (daytime) - Waterford Kettering HS

  • March 4/5

    • Groves HS (Orchestra only)

    • Lake Orion HS

    • Novi HS

    • Brighton HS (daytime)

  • March 11/12

    • Walled Lake Northern HS

    • Clarkston HS

    • Bloomfield Hills HS

Registration must be done online at After registering, please send all materials by CERTIFIED MAIL to:

MSBOA District IV

PO Box 21021

Detroit, Mi 48221