Sparks In The Park Rules

Sparks In The Park – October 7, 2017

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Bands will be judged in the Olympic-style format with five band judges – with the highest and lowest scores dropped.  There will be separate judges for percussion, color guard, drum major, and majorette and dance team. In order for an auxiliary unit to be judged, the group must perform throughout the majority of the show (at the judges’ discretion).

A majorette line consists of three or more majorettes. Fewer than three majorettes will receive a festival rating; however, they will not be considered for Best in Class awards. Feature twirlers will be judged separately from majorette lines.

The classifications are determined by the number of winds—DO NOT COUNT PERCUSSION.  Any auxiliary person that plays a wind instrument at any time during the show shall be counted as a playing member for the purpose of determining a band’s class.  The competing band may choose to compete in a higher division than their numbers would naturally determine but are not allowed to compete in a lower division

Bands are classified and categorized as follows:

  • A – 1-40 Winds
  • AA – 41-70 Winds
  • AAA – 71-95 Winds
  • AAAA – 96+ Winds

Performance order with each class is determined by total number of student performers.

All judges shall use digital recorders and Sparks in the Park evaluation sheets which can be viewed online.  Directors will be furnished recordings of adjudicators’ comments and score sheets at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Ratings will be based on the following:

  • Superior: 85-100
  • Excellent: 70-84.9
  • Good:55-69.9
  • Fair: 54.9-Below

Awards

The following AWARDS & ANNOUNCEMENTS format shall be used at the Sparks in the Park Marching Festival:

For Each Classification:

  • Best In Class Drum Major
  • Best In Class Auxiliary – Guard, Dance, and Majorette
  • Best In Class Percussion
  • Best In Class Band – The band score will be determined by an average of the three band judges’ scores – highest and lowest score dropped. In the event of a tie, we will use the average of the three music scores from the band judges – highest and lowest dropped.

Overall, Regardless of Class:

  • 1A/2A Best Overall Band – The best overall band for the combined classes of 1A and 2A. The best overall band score will be determined by an average of the three band judges’ scores – highest and lowest score dropped – and the percussion score. In the event of a tie, we will use the average of the three music scores from the band judges – highest and lowest dropped.
  • 3A/4A Best Overall Band – The best overall band for the combined classes of 3A and 4A. The best overall band score will be determined by an average of the three band judges’ scores – highest and lowest score dropped – and the percussion score. In the event of a tie, we will use the average of the three music scores from the band judges – highest and lowest dropped.
  • Grand Champion– The Grand Champion regardless of classification. The grand champion score will be determined by an average of the three band judges’ scores – highest and lowest score dropped – and the percussion score. In the event of a tie, we will use the average of the three music scores from the band judges – highest and lowest dropped.