The Value of Competition and Audience: You Have an Important Part to Play

Audience: You Have an Important Part to Play and The Value of Competition

The audience and performance environment is a key piece of the Bands of America experience. Parents and fans have their own role to perform, which they undertake with enthusiasm. The atmosphere of good sportsmanship, mutual support, and appreciation for all of the performers on the field creates a positively life-changing experience for the students, as well as the parents and supporters. Meeting and engaging with parents and fans from other programs creates opportunities for networking and provides an extended voice in support of music education.

Music for All, with our Bands of America, Orchestra America, National Choir Festival, and Advocacy in Action programs, emphasizes the pursuit of performance excellence and the educational experience of participation. The commentary offered by the Bands of America judges provides educators and students with comments and meaningful assessment – much more than simply selecting a winner or placement. The commentary provides information on how directors and students are doing, and what they need to do to improve – each judge has a slightly different responsibility in this, but all point to the same mission: to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences. Your applause, your encouragement, your standing ovations will make this an unforgettable experience for the thousands of young people performing today.

The Value of Competition

From the Bands of America Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook.