Fees – Entry fees for all ISSMA events for the 2013-2014 school year may be located on page 79 of the Music Festivals Manual. There has been an increase in fees for this year for marching and organization events. Solo and ensemble event fees have remained constant with no increase to solos or ensembles. All spectator admissions have remained unchanged for this school year.

Entries – Entry for all ISSMA events, EXCEPT Solo and Ensemble, will be submitted electronically on 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.

Adjudication Concerns – All adjudication concerns are to be addressed through the school member music teacher only. Please inform parents and those that assist about the language on page 8, Letter K and L. Direct contact with any adjudicator is considered inappropriate.

Music provided for Adjudicators – Improper utilization of photocopied literature will be addressed as written on page 8 letter F.

Awards and Ratings

A complete listing of all Award designations may be found on page 33 - 34 of the Music Festivals Manual. Details regarding the designation of points for ratings may be found on each adjudication sheet beginning on page 36.

Marching Band

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

New Classification System – There will be three main classifications for marching bands: Festival Class, Scholastic Class, and Open Class.
The delineation of differences and requirements of participation in each classification is explained throughout section VII: Marching Band Events, pages 8 - 14.

New Adjudication Sheets and Designpages 36 – 47.

Summer Showcase – This is a new performance venue 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.

Solo and Ensemble

New Group I Manual for Percussion and Piano – There are new manuals for Percussion and Piano events. It is important that you inform your students of the change of literature and in the case of Percussion events, the change in procedures for rudiments and patterns at all Group levels. See page 17 letter G, number 9.

Former Event 114, Rudimental Drum Ensemble, has been combined with Event 110, Percussion Ensemble.

Jazz Events

Group I Vocal Jazz and Jazz Ensembles Required Composition – All Group I Vocal Jazz and non-string Jazz Ensembles are required to perform one composition from the Group I list for that ensemble. Page 31 letter C, number 1 and letter D, number 3.

State Show Choir Awards – Medallions for State Show Choir participants will be provided for up to 70 members in each group. Additional medallions may be purchased for additional members.

State Show Choir Classification Numbers – The new classification numbers are listed on page 32, section XIII-E and are based upon enrollment statistics Grades 9-12. Individual school enrollment statistics may be found on the ISSMA website.

Concert Organization

Sound Reinforcement – Sound reinforcement/equipment is not permitted for vocal organization events. Page 22 number 8, page 26 number 8, and page 30 letter E number 8.

Week 36 – Week 36 has been approved for use as a performance weekend for JME events in order to accommodate “Balanced Calendar” issues.

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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