One of the challenges of the National Stage Band Awards has always been their popularity, with so many bands entering certain divisions that we’ve had to break them into separate parts (Div 3.1, 3.2 etc).
This has allowed many bands to perform in whatever division they wished and kept the numbers manageable for adjudication.
The only downside is that there are no ‘overall’ places awarded and acknowledged for the division.
One of the features of GIJ is that bands and directors can see where they stand in relation to other bands of similar standard and use this as a learning/motivation tool. So….
We are creating a whole new part of the Stage Band Awards, one that allows there to be overall places awarded and acknowledged for any division that has to be split due to numbers of entries.
Here’s how it will work: –
1) Bands will still perform in sub-divisions as necessary (Div 3.1, 3.2 etc)
2) 1st, 2nd and 3rd will still be announced for each sub division
3) The 1st place bands from each subdivision will then perform again in a ‘final’
4) Overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd will be awarded for the entire division from this final. Prizes will be awarded to the bands who receive these awards.
This creates an entirely new element to the Stage Band Awards which will acknowledge those bands who are at the top of their divisions.
I’m sure the atmosphere at the ‘finals’ will be extremely exciting and it’s also a chance for everyone to hear the top bands together!
SET PIECE /100
OWN CHOICE /100
TOTAL SCORE /300 POINTS
Each ensemble must perform the SET PIECE and an OWN CHOICE PIECE.
The Vocal Ensemble Awards format has been revamped due to feedback from teachers and adjudicators over the years. Here are the main changes:
There will now be no set piece for small ensembles, allowing students greater flexibility and closer repertoire fit. The two divisions remain the same: div 1 and open.
Large vocal ensembles are now spread over only three divisions, however they are now subdivided into vocal range as well, essentially creating nine separate divisions. Division three no longer has a set piece, again allowing for greater flexibility and catering for the individuality and variety of ensemble combinations at this educational stage.
So the divisions will now look like this:
SMALL ENSEMBLES (4-7 members)
LARGE ENSEMBLES (8+ members)
We believe these changes will address some of the inequities that have crept in over the years, and provide a more even playing field for our students and adjudicators.
SET PIECE /100
OWN CHOICE /100
TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE /200 POINTS
This division is for small ensembles/jazz combos of all levels with 4 – 9 performers.
It is designed to provide an outlet for ensembles playing classic/modern small group jazz repertoire (eg: be-bob, hard-bop, cool jazz, trad jazz, fusion, etc…).
Whilst written musical arrangements are fine, the emphasis in a small jazz combo setting is more towards improvisation and ‘solos’.
Extra marks will be given for a varied repertoire (tempo, groove or soloists) and for an engaging ‘performance’.