[Saturday, December 2nd, 2017]   *   [A BHS Band Booster Event]

Event Basics

 Registration & Scheduling Information
  • Registration period opens in the spring.  
  • If you want to join our mailing list, click HERE.
  • If you just want to REGISTER YOUR GROUP, click HERE:
  • Payments are due October 1st.
  • Schedules are released November 1st.
    • First to register gets latest performance time.  Second gets second last.  etc. (Just register.  You can pay in the fall).
    • Preliminary performances will be grouped by division.
    • Groups that pay late may be dropped if there are other groups on wait list who are ready to pay.
  • Event date: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.
  • Prelims run from 8-6.  The final concert is at 7.

 Prelims Information
  • Check-in 30 minutes before warm-up
  • Each group will be assigned a designated storage area.
    • The area will be shared with the other bands, but secured from the public.  Members, staff, and volunteers of the Bainbridge Band Department or the BISD are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Please label all cases and folders with your contact information. 
  • 30 minute warm-ups
  • 15 minutes on stage for prelims
  • 30 minute clinics
  • 15 minute group picture appointment (pending the availability of a photographer).

 Prelims Scores / Finals Announcements
  • Preliminary scores & finals placements are announced as soon as possible after the last group in each division performs.
All subject to adjustments deemed appropriate by the festival adjudicators.

See the following sections for rules on finals:



- Groups should be combo-esque.  (3-10 members)
- Use your best judgement, but this is not a festival for big bands (or small big bands)
- Combos should feature all (or nearly all) of their members on solos
 Literature Selections:
- Lead sheets
- The Real Book
- The Real Easy Book
- Play a head and let the musicians work it out.  This is a festival for chops, not for fancy arrangements.
- Don't play a big band arrangement with missing parts.
- The bulk of your performance should be improvisation; live interaction between soloists and the rhythm section.
 Rules for finals:
- Finals groups will have up to 10 minutes on stage.
- Finals groups may perform a work they performed earlier in the day, or something new.
- Student groups performing in finals must be made up of members from one school (no all-star groups).
- Schools that send more than one group to the festival may not have more than one group in finals.
 Special Rule for non-School / Enrichment Groups:
- .After school groups not associated with their school music programs MAY register for the festival as prelims alternates.  If there is still room in the festival in the fall, they will be added to the official schedule.  If there is a viable division in these registrations, there will be an addition to the finals lineup.  Any non-school related group that performs at finals must be made entirely of students that are also participating in their school jazz programs - so long as they have a jazz program at their school (of any kind) to be enrolled in.

Divisions & Cost

  • Middle Schools & Junior High Schools (6th - 9th grade groups) - [$150 registration]
  • High Schools - [$150 registration]
  • Community Groups - [FREE registration]
  • Non-School Related Student Groups - [$150 registration]


  • Click HERE for the scoring rubric.
  • I've kept the categories fairly broad, in an effort to allow the adjudicators to adjust their feedback to each band as they see fit.  Let me know if you have concerns (far in advance), and I will consider improvements to the scoring system.
  • Finals - See the Basic Event Info section above.


Also see the [rules] section, above.
  1. Bainbridge High School Jazz Combo 1 (exhibition)
  2. Winning middle school combo (judges' discretion)
  3. 3rd place high school combo
  4. 2nd place high school combo
  5. 1st place high school combo
  6. Guest artist performance
  7. Finals placements


Plan on bringing your own:
  • Sticks
  • Mallets
  • Instrument cables

The following equipment will be provided:
 Warm-up rooms:
  • Drum set
  • Vibes
  • More information to follow...
  • Sound system with about 4 solo microphones
  • Guitar amp
  • Piano
  • Electric Keyboard [Nord Piano 2]
  • Bass amp
  • Drum set
  • Vibes
 Clinic Rooms:
  • More information to follow...

Taking the Ferry?

If you are coming to our festival via a WSDOT ferry, be sure to print an "Authorization Letter" on your school letterhead to get a massive discount on all your passenger fares.

 Complete Discount Info: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/infodesk/faq/school/
 Shortcut to the Discount form:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/957740F3-6885-4484-B476-2C401694802F/0/schoolletterheadrev.pdf

Your district might have a card for ferry travel.  If not, make sure you plan for the vehicle fares prior to the event.

 Seattle - Bainbridge Ferry Schedule: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=sea-bi


Parking at BHS on Saturdays is free and first come, first served.  There is a loading and unloading zone near the performing and check in areas on Martin Luther Kind Lane NE, which is off of High School Road.


The Bainbridge Band Boosters will provide a variety of convenient event concessions throughout the day.
Safeway and a number of takeout restaurants are within walking distance of Bainbridge High School.


More info to follow...

Instrument Repair


Ted Brown music will be on sight for light repair duties.


Ted Brown Music will make sure each group gets a quality recording of their performances.
Judges tapes or written commentary will also be provided.