THREE FESTIVAL JUDGES WILL ADJUDICATE EACH PERFORMANCE AND AWARD
A DIVISION RATING. EACH JUDGE WILL ALSO OFFER A WRITTEN TABULATION
AS WELL AS DIGITALLY RECORDED COMMENTS.
EACH ENSEMBLE WILL HAVE A SHORT TIME TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH ONE OF THE ADJUCATION PANEL MEMBERS.
BANDS, ORCHESTRAS, AND CHORAL GROUPS MAY ENTER FOR “COMMENT
ONLY” OR BE AWARDED A RATING OF:
II. EXCELLENT (75-84)
III. GOOD (65 – 74)
1. MUSIC REQUIREMENTS:
WHILE NO SPECIFIC MUSIC LIST IS REQUIRED, IT
IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT DIRECTORS CHOOSE MUSIC OF THE
HIGHEST QUALITY SIMILAR TO THAT FOUND ON NATIONALLY ACCEPTED
MUSIC LISTS. ALL DIRECTORS MUST FURNISH THREE SETS OF SCORES
WITH MEASURES NUMBERED FOR EACH SELECTION. EXCEPTION: JAZZ
BANDS, JAZZ CHOIRS, AND SHOW CHOIRS OFTEN DO NOT HAVE SCORES
AVAILABLE. THERE IS NO PENALTY FOR NOT PROVIDING SCORES FOR THESE
GROUPS. ANY NUMBER OF PIECES MAY BE PERFORMED IN THE ALLOTTED
2. TOTAL TIME ON STAGE: TIME ON STAGE INCLUDES SET-UP,
PERFORMANCE, AND EXIT. TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
A. CLASS 4A CONCERT BANDS, ORCHESTRAS, & SHOW CHOIRS
B. CLASS 3A, AND 2A CONCERT BANDS, SECOND BANDS,
ORCHESTRAS, AND JAZZ BANDS
C. CLASS A, A1, CONCERT BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS, CONCERT
CHOIRS AND JAZZ CHOIR
D. CLASS J, M, E CONCERT BANDS, ORCHESTRAS, CONCERT CHOIRS,
AND JAZZ CHOIR
3. NO SIGHT READING IS REQUIRED
WARM-UP ROOMS: EACH GROUP WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY TWICE THEIR PERFORMANCE TIME IN
THE WARM-UP ROOM. EACH PERFORMANCE HALL HAS TWO WARM-UP ROOMS
ASSIGNED TO IT. FESTIVAL ASSISTANTS WILL ESCORT GROUPS TO AND FROM
THE WARM-UP ROOMS AND PERFORMANCE HALLS. PLEASE NOTE THAT
NOTHING MAY BE STORED IN THE WARM-UP ROOMS AS THE NEXT
PERFORMANCE GROUP WILL BE ENTERING THE ROOM AS YOUR GROUP IS
DEPARTING. (FOR EXAMPLE, A CLASS E CONCERT BAND HAS 20 MINUTES OF
STAGE TIME. THEY WILL BE ALLOTTED 40 MINUTES IN THE WARM-UP ROOM).
ALL FRIDAY PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE GATLINBURG CONVENTION
CENTER. THE FESTIVAL WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:
facilities and equipment
CONCERT BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS
CONCERT BASS DRUM
TAM TAM (GONG)
PLEASE NOTE, MALLETS AND EXTENSION CORDS ARE NOT PROVIDED.
PLEASE NOTE, MALLETS AND EXTENSION CORDS ARE NOT PROVIDED.
6 SETS OF THREE-STEP RISERS (4 INCLUDING THE FLOOR)
PLEASE NOTE, EXTENSION CORDS AND SOUND SYSTEM ARE NOT PROVIDED.
IF REQUESTED, REHEARSAL SPACE CAN BE PROVIDED ON THURSDAY ONLY. CHAIRS,
STANDS, AND AN ELECTRONIC PIANO WILL BE PROVIDED AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.
1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD PLACE TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED IN EACH CATEGORY.
CONCERT BANDS, ORCHESTRAS, JAZZ BANDS, AND CHORAL GROUPS WHO RECEIVE A
SUPERIOR RATING (SCORE OF 85-100) WILL BE AWARDED A SUPERIOR RATING
INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS AND SECTIONS DEEMED BY THE JUDGES TO HAVE GIVEN AN
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE.
1. The performance should be no less than 3 minutes and should not exceed 7.5 minutes in
Smoky Mountain Music Festival
2. Units will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals. All floor coverings and props must be set-up and
removed within the interval time.
3. There is no authorized equipment time requirement. Units may use their performance time as
seen fit by the ensemble.
4. All equipment and props will be inspected prior to the ensemble’s performance. Units will be
held responsible for damage that occurs due to inappropriately padded equipment or props. The
following equipment standards will be maintained to help insure that damage to facilities does not
a. Flags – rubber crutch tips are required on both ends of all flag poles. Plastic furniture tips
will not be allowed. Crutch tips should be taped to the pole and covered with duct tape
so that tips do not mark the performance surface.
b. Rifles – rifle butts and tips must be padded and taped, so that no wood can be felt. Bolts
or bolt housings should be taped and padded.
c. Sabres – hilts and tips must be padded. It is suggested that blades be taped and that
sabres have no exposed edges.
d. Props – props should be appropriately padded so that no wood, metal, or other s material
contacts the floor. Props may not be dragged across the performance surface.
e. Floors – floor coverings may be used. Floor coverings should be canvas, woven fabric,
or plastic in construction. Carts used to transport floor coverings must have non-marking
rubber wheels to be allowed on the performance surface. Carts will not be allowed onto
the floor proper, but will be allowed into the peripheral areas of the competition arena.
5. Units are responsible for set-up and removal of all props, floor coverings, and equipment. All
props must fit through a standard doorway. There will be no available prop storage in the
performance area. Units should be prepared to assemble and set-up props within the performance
interval defined in #2 above.
6. A performance area will be clearly marked. The centerline of the floor will be marked. An “X”
will be placed denoting the center of competition area. No other markings will be provided or
permitted. The performance area in the Tennessee Ballroom and Hall 3 will be 50x70 and the
performance area in Mills Auditorium will be 30x45.
7. Units are advised that the front sideline is inviolate at all times (including entry and exit). This is
the only boundary that may not be crossed.
8. If an authentic American flag (from any period) is used during the performance, the unit is
expected to adhere to recognized flag etiquette.
9. No sound system will be provided. A public address system will be used to announce the
unit and may be used to provide some amplification of a portable sound system. Units are
strongly encouraged to bring their own sound system.
10. The judging panel will be responsible for the assessment of any penalties with regard to timing
infractions, boundary violations, American flag etiquette, or other infractions which may occur.
Penalties may range from .1 points to disqualification depending on the magnitude and nature of
The above are the ONLY rules governing performance in the winterguard competition.
1. THE PERFORMANCE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 15 MINUTES INCLUDING 5
indoor drum line Competition
MINUTE WARM-UP, SET-UP, PERFORMANCE, AND EXIT.
2. GROUPS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING ALL EQUIPMENT NECESSARY
3. GROUPS WILL PERFORM IN THE SAME AREA AS ALL OF THE AUXILIARIES.
4. IF A SOUND SYSTEM IS NEEDED, GROUPS MUST BRING THEIR OWN
EQUIPMENT. THE FESTIVAL WILL ONLY HAVE ONE MICROPHONE FOR
PUBLIC ADDRESS IN THE PERFORMANCE AREA.
5. THREE JUDGES WILL EVALUATE EACH PERFORMANCE WITH THE FINAL
RATING BEING THE AVERAGE OF THE THREE SCORES. EACH GROUP WILL
RECEIVE A WRITTEN TABULATION AS WELL AS DIGITAL COMMENTS.
6. TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED FOR 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD PLACE. ALL TROPHIES,
SCORE SHEETS, COMMENTS, AND CUMULATIVE SCORES WILL BE PRESENTED
AT THE AWARDS’ CEREMONY AT THE END OF ALL PERFORMANCES ON
FRIDAY IN THE CONVENTION CENTER.
*SOUND SYSTEM WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
OTHER INDOOR AUXILIARIES
(OTHER THAN WINTERGUARD AND DRUM LINE)
• NOVICE: GROUP WITH LITTLE OR NO EXPERIENCE IN COMPETITION
• INTERMEDIATE: GROUP WITH SOME EXPERIENCE IN COMPETITION
• ADVANCED: GROUP WITH EXPERIENCE IN COMPETITION
PERFORMANCES SHOULD BE NO LESS THAN 3 MINUTES AND NO LONGER THEN 7.5
MINUTES. RUBBER-SOLED SHOES SHOULD BE WORN AS PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD
ON GYM FLOOR.
TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD PLACE WINNERS IN EACH
THREE JUDGES WILL EVALUATE EACH GROUP’S PERFORMANCE WITH THE FINAL
RATING BEING AN AVERAGE OF THE THREE SCORES.
ADJUDICATION WILL BE BASED ON GENERAL EFFECT, ENSEMBLE ANALYSIS, AND
INDIVIDUAL ANALYSIS (COPY OF JUDGING SHEET WILL BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST
AND TYPE OF GROUP INDICATED).
EACH JUDGE WILL OFFER A WRITTEN TABULATION AND DIGITALLY RECORDED
*NO SOUND SYSTEM WILL BE PROVIDED