Event Basics

Registration & Scheduling Information

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    • Performances times are assigned based on order of enrollment.

    • Registration and payment do not need to occur at the same time.

    • Groups that pay late might be dropped for a group wait-listed.

  • Payments are due March 20th.

  • Preliminary schedule will be released by March 25th.

  • After publication, the schedule will be linked [HERE.]

Prelims Information

  • Admission to preliminary performances is free and open to the public

  • Check-in at least 30 minutes before warm-up

  • Each group will be assigned a designated storage area

    • Although a festival volunteer will watch the room throughout the day, the Bainbridge High School Band Booster, members, staff, or BISD assume no liability for lost or damaged goods or equipment.

  • 30 minute warm-up

  • 15 minutes on stage

  • 30 minute off stage clinic

  • Finalists will be announced 30 minutes after the completion of each division

Finals Information

Subject to change.

Finals Lineup

  • 5:30 - Bainbridge Jazz9 (in exhibition)

  • 5:40 - Festival finalist combos (3-5 groups)

  • 6:30 - Guest Artist Concert (approximate)

  • 7:15 - Outstanding Soloists perform with Guest Artist (approximate)

  • 7:30 - Final Awards Ceremony

The judges will select up to 5 competing combos for finals performances, although they may select as few as 3. The structure of finals will depend on the results from the day. The festival will supply plaques for the top three finalists.

Each ensemble that registers for the festival will be granted free admission to the finals concert (all students, staff, and one chaperone.) This is a fundraiser, so we do appreciate additional guests purchasing concert tickets. Thank you.

Festival Rules

Eligibility & Focus

  • Jazz Combos

  • NOLA Style Brass Bands

  • Other non-big band jazz groups

  • Vocalists ARE allowed, as long as the literature guidance is followed.

Literature Selections

  • Lead sheets

  • The Real Book

  • The Real Easy Book

  • Originals

  • Play the head and let the musicians work it out. This is a festival for chops and interaction - not for arrangements.

  • Don't play a big band arrangement with missing parts.

  • The bulk of each performance should be improvisation; live interaction between soloists and rhythm section.

Rules for Finals

  • Finals groups will have up to 10 minutes on stage, INCLUDING getting on and off 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 groups not affiliated with a school

Groups not associated with a particular school music program MAY register for the festival as prelims alternates. If there is room in the festival, 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) - [$225 registration]

  • High Schools - [$225 registration]

  • Community Groups - [$225 registration, prelims only]

  • Non-School Related Student Groups - [$225 registration, finals if there is room]



  • Click HERE for the scoring rubric.

  • We've kept the scoring categories fairly broad, in an effort to allow the adjudicators to adjust their feedback to each band as they see fit. Let us know if you have concerns (far in advance), and we'll will consider improvements to the scoring system.


  • Judging at finals will be done by two of the festival adjudicators. All decisions are final. An effort will be made to ensure that the adjudicators from prelims are the same adjudicators during finals (and not a clinician), but this may or may not be possible, given the busy schedules of our guests. Thank you for understanding!


Please bring your own:

  • Sticks

  • Mallets

  • Instrument cables

The following will be provided:

Warm-up rooms:

  • Guitar amp

  • Bass amp

  • Piano

  • Drum set

  • A mallet instrument

  • 8 music stands


  • PA with about 4 solo microphones

  • Guitar amp

  • Grand Piano & our Nord Piano 2

  • Bass amp

  • Drum set

  • Vibes

  • 8 music stands

Clinic Rooms:

  • Guitar amp

  • Piano

  • Bass amp

  • Drum set

  • A mallet instrument

  • 8 music stands

Taking the Ferry?

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

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

Other Details


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


There are several local food establishments within walking distance of Bainbridge High School; mostly in the Safeway plaza. Winslow (downtown Bainbridge) is a 30 minute walk from BHS, and there are many more good options there, too.


  • TBD

Instrument Repair

The festival will not have a repair technician on site.


Ted Brown Music will make sure each group gets a quality recording of their performances.

Judges tapes or written commentary will also be provided.