Conducting Competition

 

Part 1: Performance Format

Conductors will perform on a podium.  

Conductors will be invited to the podium and after the judge(s) have signaled that they are ready, the conductor will be asked if their ensemble/band is ready. Judges will wait for a salute or bow from the conductor signaling that they are ready. The timer will start when the music begins. The conductor will have 3-7 minutes to perform. After the conductor’s piece has ended, the timer will stop, the judges will wait for a salute or bow from the conductor signaling that they and their ensemble are dismissed, and the conductor will be invited off of the podium.

PART 2: MUSIC SELECTION

Any musical selection is permitted as long as the conductor presents the correct score for the piece they are performing. A PDF or photocopy of the conductor's score must be submitted to: DMSCConducting@gmail.com via email by 11:59pm the Saturday before their first performance. After submitting their musical score for their first event, the conductor will not need to do this again, unless he or she decides to change their musical selection/piece throughout the season. 

Failure to submit a PDF or photocopy of the musical score on time or at all, will result in an automatic "Disqualification". In the event that the conductor is disqualified, he or she may perform for exhibition but will not receive a score from the judge(s). 

On the day of competition, a hard copy of the conductor's score must be submitted to the sound table at least fifteen minutes (15 minutes) prior to the first conducting performance scheduled for that day. Failure to submit a hard copy of the score on the day of competition will result in an automatic "Disqualification". In the event that the conductor is disqualified, he or she may perform for exhibition but will not receive a score from the judge(s).

Music audio must be emailed to DMSCSoundTable@gmail.com by 11:59pm on the Saturday prior to each event. Music files should be in MP3 format and labeled "your name_conducting." If your music did not change from your last event, you do NOT need to resubmit your music. If your music did change from your last event, email the new music file and indicate your intention to change your music by the deadline. Participants will have until 30 minutes prior to their performance to check their music and make adjustments at the sound table. Participants are encouraged to bring a backup flashdrive with their music.

Updated January 15th, 2018

Part 3: Uniform

Marching band uniforms and formal attire such as tuxedos, suits, or long black concert dresses are the ONLY acceptable outfits to be performed in. Uniform can either be that of the drum major’s or the majority of what the band wears. This includes marching headgear, jacket, (bib) pants and marching shoes.

PART 4 SCORES AND AWARDS

Each drum major’s score will be available for viewing following their performance. Awards will be presented to the top 3 drum majors.

PART 5: PERFORMANCE ORDER

The performance order for each event will be based off a random draw. The performance order for the Finals will be based off the current grid standing. Lowest score will perform first with the highest score performing last.

PART 6: ENTRY FEES

Entry fees are $20. Drum majors may register for each event at REGISTER ONLINE! Event deadlines are at 11:59pm the Saturday before each event.

PART 7: QUESTIONS

Any question regarding the rules or clarification on any of the rules can be sent to info@drummajorsofsocal.org