NEW RULE CHANGES
2015-2016

General

Fees – Options to pay fees online via credit card or PayPal are now available. Entry fees for all ISSMA events for the 2015-2016 school year are located on Page 81 of the Music Festivals Manual. There has been no increase in fees for this year for any participant or spectator.

Entries – Entry for all ISSMA events, EXCEPT Solo and Ensemble, will be submitted electronically via the ISSMA website. Submission must occur by the calendar designated deadline. NOTE: Calendar of ENTRY DEADLINES on Page a. There is further clarification regarding entry procedures on Pages 6 and 7.

Revised Adjudication Forms – Forms to evaluate most events have been revised this year. Pages 38-79 .

Use of Drones – Use of drones (manned or unmanned) shall not be permitted at any ISSMA event. Penalty: Disqualification. Page 8, Letter M.

Balancing of Performance Sites – ISSMA reserves the right to balance all performance sites as needed. Page 7, Letter J.

Awards and Ratings

The Junior/Middle “All-Music Award” has been implemented. The process for qualification for this award is on Page 36-37, Letter F, number 5 and 6. Please note the new deadline for submission of materials to validate the meeting of requirements is March 1st . Page 37, number 5a.

Marching Band

Enrollment Numbers – The new Enrollment Categories are listed on Page 9, Letter E, number 2, and are based upon enrollment statistics Grades 9-12. Individual school enrollment statistics may be found on the ISSMA website.

Classification System – There will be three main classifications for marching bands: Festival Class, Scholastic Class, and Open Class. Page 9, Letter E, number 1. The delineation of differences and requirements of participation in each classification is explained throughout Section VII: Marching Band Events, Pages 8-14.

Summer Showcase – This performance venue is open to any and all Indiana High School Marching Bands. This event has been established for those bands concluding a summer marching season, or for those that are looking for a performance opportunity at the beginning of the fall season. Details may be found on Page 11, Letter P.

Semi-state Draw – There is a revised draw structure for performance order. Page 14, number 8d.

Critique offered at Open Class Invitational event – An optional judges’ critique session will be provided for Open Class bands at the conclusion of the Open Class Invitational. Page 13, number 6d. Commitment to attend the Critique must be made at the time of event entry.

Solo and Ensemble

New Group I Manual for Woodwind Solos and Ensembles – There is a new manual for Woodwind events. It is important that you inform your students and private teachers of the revisions. There have been NUMEROUS changes to the literature on each list. Please pay special attention to Page 3 of the Woodwind Manual for details on expansion of lists for certain instruments, and also refer to the beginning of each instrument list for clarification of acceptable selections for certain instruments.

Jazz Events

Balancing of Performance Sites – ISSMA reserves the right to balance all performance sites as needed. Page 7, Letter J.

Instrumental Lab Ensemble with Improvisation and Instrumental Lab Ensemble Without Improvisation have been added as new District Jazz events. Page 32, Letters E and G.

Maximum number of Instrumental Jazz/String Jazz Ensemble Participants – The maximum number of participants has been adjusted. Page 31, Letter D, number 5. (Jr./Middle Division Jazz Ensembles will have no maximum number of members.)

State Jazz and Show Choir Finals - State Finals for Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles will be held on the Friday evening of week number 37. See Page 33, Letter A, for qualification and event details, and page 63-64 for adjudication forms to be used for qualification and performance evaluation. State Show Choir Finals will be held on the Saturday of week number 37.

State Show Choir Classification Numbers – The new classification numbers are listed on Page 34, Letter B, number 5 and are based upon enrollment statistics Grades 9-12. Individual school enrollment statistics may be found on the ISSMA website.

State Show Choir Timing and Penalties – Staging/performance/exit time block, and the penalty for not following established staging procedures, have been revised. Page 35, number 12. Any infraction of the State Show Choir rules will result in a 25 point penalty unless otherwise stated. Page 35, number 18.

Change to Adjudication Forms – “Effective Transitions” has been added to all State Show Choir Adjudication forms. Pages 65-67.

Concert Organization

Balancing of Performance Sites – ISSMA reserves the right to balance all performance sites as needed. Page 7, Letter J.

It is your responsibility to be aware of all rules and procedures for all events.

Please contact our office for any clarification.

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