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.

2017-2018 District B&O Festival Sites:

  • Novi HS 3/2-3/3
  • Walled Lake Western HS 3/2-3/3
  • Lake Orion HS (Band only) 3/2-3/3
  • Waterford Kettering HS (daytime site) 3/7-3/8
  • Birmingham Groves HS (Orchestra only) 3/9-3/10
  • Clarkston HS 3/9-3/10
  • Bloomfield Hills HS 3/9-3/10
  • Walled Lake Northern HS 3/9-3/10

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

Kendra Peterson

C/O Bloomfield Hills Middle School

4200 West Quarton Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302