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.


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

2018-2019 District B&O Festival Sites (registration deadline 12/6/18):

  • Brighton HS: 2/27-2/28 (Wednesday/Thursday)
  • Novi HS: 3/1-3/2
  • Birmingham Groves HS: 3/1-3/2 (Orchestra Only)
  • Waterford Kettering HS: 3/6-3/7 (Wednesday/Thursday)
  • Lake Orion HS: 3/8-3/9 (Band Only)
  • Clarkston HS: 3/8-3/9
  • Bloomfield Hills HS: 3/8-3/9
  • Walled Lake Northern HS: 3/8-3/9

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 Quarton Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302