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.

SCORING

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.

FEES

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

Band

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


Orchestra

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


2020-2021 District B&O Festival Sites (registration deadline 12/10/2020):


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

MSBOA District IV

PO Box 21021

Detroit, Mi 48221