Who can participate?
Participation is optional and open to MOST students in our programs. Eligibility is dependent on your student’s experience and instrument. See below for more information.
Is there a fee to participate?
Yes. There will be a $12.00 participation fee for all members of the Cadet Band (beginners) and the Honor Strings (string students). Your account will be billed $12.00 at the beginning of April after all videos have been submitted.
There is NO FEE for Honor Band students.
How can my child participate?
Your child should let their music teacher know they want to participate. Teachers will give interested students the music. Participation is optional, but highly encouraged. It is expected that students will practice their parts to the best of their ability before submitting a video. Follow the steps outlined below.
Determine which group is appropriate for your child
Group eligibility is based upon 2 factors: experience level and instrument.
- Cadet Band – This group is open to FIRST YEAR STUDENTS that play a BAND INSTRUMENT.
- Honor Strings – This group is open to ALL STRING STUDENTS
- Honor Band – This group is open to any student that was nominated by their teacher for the in-person Honor Band Festival in June. You should have already been contacted by your teacher.
Practice with play-along video
Play-along videos have been provided for each instrument in each ensemble. It is extremely important that students practice with the correct video many times before attempting to record themselves. Their goal is to match what they are playing with what they hear. Students will need to practice the music slowly and steady without the video first. The music is fast and will be challenging. It is supposed to be! It does not need to be perfect… but a good, honest effort is expected.
Make a video recording of your student
Once your child has put in quality practice time to prepare, make a video recording of your child playing their part. This will take more than one attempt. In fact, it will likely take many. That is ok! You will need a laptop/large tablet, a set of head phones, and a recording device (phone) in order to make the recording. Detailed verbal instructions are included in the play-along video with visual cues. In order to sync the many videos we will receive, it is crucial that you use the play-along video and follow instructions explicitly. Any video submission that does not follow the given instructions will not be included in the final performance video.
Submit the final video via the online form
Once you have a final recording, complete the online form and upload your video to submit.
**A Google account is required to submit a video.**
What is the deadline to submit?
All videos must be received no later than Monday, March 28 at 11:59pm. Videos that are submitted after this time will not be included in the final performance.