Groups are classified using the Texas UIL classifications. Groups may perform either two or three selections, but the entire performance cannot exceed the time allowed. Three numbered original scores of each selection must be provided. Groups may dress formally or casually.
Each group has an allotted time to arrive, warm up, enter the stage, get set, perform and exit the stage. Please arrive on time and adhere to the Contest schedule. Information will be provided with specific times, where to park, where to enter and where to exit. Our goal is a quality experience for all, and we will operate on time.
We use a divisional rating system; however groups may enter for comments only if desired. Adjudication panel consists of three judges with a variety of musical experience. Quality of performance is the top priority in adjudications. Material from state-approved lists is recommended for Premium Festivals.
Adjudicators critique each performance in writing and their critique is emailed to the director along with their Division Rating and nominations for individual awards. Directors receive a critique from each of the adjudicators on the panel, usually within minutes of the conclusion of their performance, as well as a Director's Results Sheet when they check out.
"Outstanding Group of the Day" trophy is awarded at each site, each day for High School, Middle School/Jr. High Bands. At Premium Festivals "Best in Class" trophies are awarded in classes with two or more entries. All groups receive a trophy, and a recording of their performance. Certificates of Merit are awarded for outstanding solo performances and/or outstanding section performances.
Peak Festivals provides: Chairs, stands.
Percussion equipment provided: Bass Drum, Gong, 4 Timpani, Chimes, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Orchestra Bells and Acoustic Piano. Risers are not used at any of our Festivals.