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Judging

FALL BAND SEASON

Fall Band Sheets

Finals High Caption Awards Sheets



(a) Adjudication panels for the Fall Season will be five (5) people with 20 points each.
(b) Percussion evaluation will be included in all Music captions.
(c) There will be two (2) Visual Judges and three (3) Music Judges.
(d) There will be 40 points allotted to the Visual Captions and 60 points allotted for the Music Captions.
(e) High Colorguard and Percussion will be determined by side scores.
(f) Judges will utilize sheets and digital recorders for judging purposes (Recorders will be provided by NESBA).
(g) All judging will start with the first note of music or the first step of a Band’s presentation.
(h) All judging will continue until the conclusion of a Band’s performance.
(i)  There will be full critiques the first two (2) weekends of the season.
(j) Critiques will be determined by the Activities Director and will not exceed more than one (1) hour.
(k) Selection of Judges for the Championship Finals will be decided by the Chief Assigning Judge.
(l) Digital Recordings Starting Winter 2010

Basis of Evaluation
All judging will be done on a total build-up basis. The Criteria Reference System of NESBA will be used exclusively at all times.

Judging and Point Allotments

1 General Effect Visual Judge 20.0 points

1 Visual Performance Judge 20.0 Points

1 General Effect Music Judge 20.0 Points

1 Ensemble Music Judge 20.0 Points

1 Music Performance Judge 20.0 Points

1 Timing and Penalty Judge

1 Tabulator

1 Chief Judge (NESBA Activities Director)

Judging System

General Effect Visual (20.0 Points)

Repertoire Effect (100 points)

Covering all facets of Coordination, Creativity, Pacing, Artistry, Continuity, and Planned Effects of the total unit

Showmanship Effect (100 points)

Covering emotional involvement and intensity, role playing and identity

***** There will be a "side" score of 10 points to judge the Colorguard from the perspective of its effectiveness of repertoire and showmanship. The points do not become part of the actual total score for General Effect.

Visual Performance (20.0 Points)

Excellence (100 points)

Covering all facets of form, body and equipment, and emphasizing the clarity of shapes, timing, precision issues, unison efforts in equipment, adherence to space and distance, etc.

Technique(s) and Training (100 points)

Crediting, rewarding and discussing any chosen technique which is visible; looking for variety; discussing any expressive qualities which are visible in body and equipment; rewarding the overall training which is evident from the performers, even if there is some lack of excellence; rewarding situations in which individual qualities are offered rather than unison qualities.

*****There will be a "side" score of 10 points to judge the Colorguard from the perspective of its excellence, and technique(s) and training. This score is not part of the total for visual performance.

General Effect Music (20.0 Points)

Repertoire Effect (100 points)

Covering coordination of Percussion to Winds and Music to Visual; effects resulting from contrast, phrasing, climaxes, etc.

Showmanship Effect (100 points)

Covering emotional involvement and intensity, etc.

**** There will be a "side" score of 10 points to judge the Percussion from the perspective of its effectiveness of repertoire and showmanship. The points do not become part of the actual total score for General Effect.

Ensemble Music (20.0 Points)

Musicianship (50 points)

Covering Phrasing and Expression, Style and Idiomatic Interpretation of total Music development, etc.

Tone Quality and Intonation (75 points)

Covering tuning and pitch control, quality of focus of sound, consistency of sound and tuning, and quality of timbre of Winds and Percussion, etc.

Balance and Timing (75 points)

Covering the ability of the Winds and the Percussion to maintain an ensemble cohesiveness through tempo and pulse control, through rhythmic accuracy and a quality of blend of the Percussion and the Winds with respect to timing and a general balance of the sound

**** There will be a "side" score of 10 points to judge the Percussion from the perspective of its effectiveness of repertoire and showmanship. The points do not become part of the actual total score for General Effect music

Performance Music (20.0 Points)

Excellence (100 points)

Covering uniformity and technical proficiency, either specific to Winds or Percussion; general timing and rhythmic accuracy of Winds and Percussion; issues of pitch control and general quality sound, general quality of the technique of the instruments.

Musicianship (100 points)

Covering expressive shading and qualities of Winds and Percussion, covering ability of the performers to sustain the quality of the music throughout the phrase(s), covering the ability of the performers of Winds and Percussion to maintain their chosen style and idiomatic choices.

**** There will be a "side" score of 10 points to judge the Percussion from the perspective of its effectiveness of repertoire and showmanship. The points do not become part of the actual total score for General Effect.

Judging Sheets

Copies of the Judges’ Sheets for the Fall Season may be found in the judging Manual.

Judges’ Commentary

(a) Since NESBA is involved in the learning process for all students, comments on all sheets and recordings will be as constructive and educational as possible.

(b) All commentary will be of a constructive nature to aid in the development of all aspects of the program and to attempt to improve the understanding of students and staff.

All commentary will reflect the Medal System and the NESBA Criteria Reference System. Judges will review the NESBA Criteria Reference System prior to each Contest. Judges will remember that Criteria application differs depending on the size of the Band. An explanation is available in the judge’s packet at each show.

(d) Commentary of a negative nature must always be avoided. However, it must be understood that the commentary must reflect the ranking and rating of each Band.

(e) NESBA has worked diligently to construct a means of understanding and communication between the judges and the Band staffs. Commentary should reflect this effort.

(f) Judges will be given some additional time to make their wrap-up as helpful, constructive and understandable as possible. Since there may not be a critique on a given occasion.

 Best Awards

(a) Best Colorguard

The Best Colorguard will be selected by all Visual Judges at every Contest. The Championship Finals, using one Colorguard judge to decide the best Colorguard Award.

The scores of the two (2) Judges will be totaled and divided by two (2).

(b) Best Music

The Best Music Award will be determined by adding the Music Performance Score and the Ensemble Music Score, at every Contest, including the Championship Finals.

The two (2) scores of the two (2) Judges will be added together.

(c) Best Percussion

The Best Percussion Award will be determined by all Music Judges at every Contest. The Championship Finals, using one percussion to decide the best Percussion Award.

The scores of the three (3) Judges will be totaled and divided by three (3).

Judges’ Assignments

(a) Judges for all NESBA competitions will be assigned by the NESBA Chief Assigning Judge.

(b) Judges for all NESBA competitions will be approved by the NESBA Executive Board.

(c) Judges who judge for NESBA may not teach, consult, or critique any member band of NESBA during the competitive season.

At the June 2013 General Body Meeting it was voted that the assigning judge of either season could use a staff member or band director to evaluate a show as long as that persons unit was not evaluated by that judge in the show. This will be done on a limited basis and will be used as a way to secure quality local judges and to maintain costs for the association. This does not allow judges to assist bands after they have evaluated a unit. Any judge found assisting a unit after an evaluation will not receive assignments from NESBA and have any further assignments for that season taken away from them. This policy was put in place as a tool to assist the organization. Judges are asked to maintain the same level of professionalism as always. The organizations affiliations rules have been adjusted to reflect the need for more local judges and to continue to provide outreach to new young instructors looking to judge events.

(d) Affiliations are a very complicated issue. NESBA will research situation as it develops and make the best decision for the entire organization.

 (e) All judges will be made aware of all NESBA Policies and Competition Rules by the NESBA Chief Assigning Judge before they judge a NESBA Contest.

 Judges For the Championship Contest

(a) Judges for the Championship Finals will be selected from the list of
     Judges that have been used throughout the Competitive Season, in each caption.

(b) Judges for the Championship Finals will be assigned by the NESBA Chief Assigning Judge.

(c) There will be one (1) panel for the Championship Finals.

Judge Evaluation

The Chief Assigning Judge is responsible for the evaluation of each Judge. Band Directors are encouraged to consult with the Chief Assigning Judge at any time during the season.

Judge Problems

Any problem or complaint about any Judge will be handled by the Fall/Winter Activities Director and the Chief Assigning Judge.

All problems must be explained in writing and will be dealt with within one (1) week of receipt of the explanation.

MJA will be notified if the judge in question is a member of the local judging association.

 

Judge Fees: (amended 6/14/2016)

Judges are paid $300.00 per judge at each local show. There are 5 judges, 2 Coord. There is one tabulator.  Total judge fees to be paid at each event: $2400.00. If there are more than 15 bands in a show each working  judge will receive $5.00 more per band.  (amended June 2010)  Out of state judges (those that fly in or come from a great distance) will receive $350.00 for pay to compensate for the extra travel and to be in line with  the national average for out of area judges.


Judges can be paid by check or cash. NESBA recommends that checks be used as the prefered method of payment.

Championship Judges:  Will receive $500.00 each for a championship event.  

WINTER COLOR GUARD SEASON

Evaluation

All judging will be done on a total build-up basis. The Criteria Reference System will be used at all times. The WGI Adjudication System shall be used as a basis for all scoring. The Criteria Reference System has been modified for all NESBA Colorguards.

Judging and Point Allotments

1 Individual Analysis Equipment Judge 20 points

1 Individual Analysis Movement Judge 20 points

1 Ensemble Analysis Judge 20 points

2 General Effect Judges 20 points each

1 Timing and Penalty Judge

2 Tabulators  Scores and Digitab

1 Chief Judge (NESBA Activities Director)

Judging Sheets

See Copies (coming soon)

Each sheet/caption is further broken down into two (2) sub captions as follows:

Individual Analysis Equipment Judge Excellence 10 points

Vocabulary 10 points

Individual Analysis Movement Judge Excellence 10 points

Vocabulary 10 points

Ensemble Analysis Judge Composition 10 points

Excellence 10 points

General Effect Judges (2) Repertoire 10 points

Performance 10 points

Judging Assignments

All Judges will be assigned by the NESBA Chief Assigning Judge except for the T&P and Tabulator. This will be done by the Winter Activities Director.

Critiques

There will be Critiques with the Staff of the units on an alternative basis’s, Novice/Jr. H.S. and Class A’s one (1) show, and Open and World the next show. Up through the second weekend in March.  Critiques will not last more than one hour.

Judges’ Fees (Amended 6/14/2016)

Judges will be paid by check or cash. NESBA recommends that checks be used as a form of payment.  The Judges fees are as follows; $3300.00.  $300.00(2) per percussion judge, $300.00 (1) visual percussion judge, $300.00 (5) per guard judge, $300.00(2)  Coordinators.  One tabulator $300.00  Out of state judges (those that fly in or come from a great distance) will receive $350.00 for pay to compensate for the extra travel and to be in line with  the national average for out of area judges.

After 24 guards in a show each guard judge will receive $5.00 extra per unit. Visual Percussion Judges that are evaluating just the percussion portion of the event will receive $3000.00 and $5.00 extra for each unit over 20 units.  If a guard judge is evaluating both portions of the event that judge will receive $10.00 per unit on top of the guard show fee. (Ex. The judge evaluates.. 5 Percussion Units and 15 Guards...this judge will receive $50.00 plus $300.00 Total $350.00)  



WINTER PERCUSSION SEASON

All judging will be on a build-up basis.

There will be two (2) judges, both using digital recorders and sheets.

One judge will be a Performances Judge and will judge the ensemble from the stands. One Judge will be an Effect Judge and will judge the ensemble from the spectator seating area (usually the stands). S/he will be situated in an advantageous position to sample the entire ensemble, and one Visual Judge.

There will be a Timing Judge for each Percussion Ensemble competition who will be responsible for starting units.

There will be one (1) Tabulator for each Percussion Ensemble competition who will be responsible for checking and tabulating all sheets and for assigning all Medal Awards.

Critiques

There will be Critiques with the Staff of the units on an alternative basis each week.

Judges’ Fees (amended 6/14/2016)

Judges will be paid by check or cash. NESBA recommends payment be made by check.  The Judges fees are as follows; $3300.00.  $300.00(2) per percussion judge, $300.00 (1) visual percussion judge, $300.00 (5) per guard judge, $300.00 (2) Coordinators.  One tabulator $300.00  Out of state judges (those that fly in or come from a great distance) will receive $350.00 for pay to compensate for the extra travel and to be in line with  the national average for out of area judges.

After 24 guards in a show each guard judge will receive $5.00 extra per unit. Visual Percussion Judges that are evaluating just the percussion portion of the event will receive $300.00 and $5.00 extra for each unit over 20 units.  If a guard judge is evaluating both portions of the event that judge will receive $10.00 per unit on top of the guard show fee. (Ex. The judge evaluates.. 5 Percussion Units and 15 Guards...this judge will receive $50.00 plus $300.00 Total $350.00)  

 

Show hosts are to note that the organization will pay any out of state fees for judges (air/travel/lodging). This will not be a cost to the show host.  If the show host has negotitated with NESBA for an additional judge. In this case, the costs or a portion of the costs will be shared with the show host.  (updated 5/14)

 

Judges Comments and CompetitionSuite:

 

 

Starting in the winter of 2013 all winter shows will be judged utilizing CompetitionSuite.  This system is set up to use the web as a tool to retrieve your judge’s comments.  Each unit is required to register via the CompetitionSuite web site and fill in the proper codes and information as a NESBA unit.

 Instructors with multiple groups can merge the units under one email account.  However,  you do need to register as a NESBA unit in the system.

 The registration will require an email and cell phone number of all staff. The system will send the judges files to your phone as a text message reminder that the comments are available.

 NESBA will provide further details for sign up information at the beginning of each season.   

 The web site for CompetitionSute is  www.competitionsuite.com

 For the Fall of 2013,  we have not determined which system to use yet for judges comments.  That will be decided in June.

 

 

 

Paperless Judging System (implemented 2011)

 

Paperless judging is the new system in which judges simply record their scores on a separate tote sheet to be sent to the tabulator.  The separate tote sheet is the judges final score for the units. No longer will judges have separate sheets for each caption and guard to submit.  Judges will keep one running tote for the show as they always have.. but they will also have a number of other "Tabulator Totes" that they will submit at the end of a class or at the end of a number of classes.  

 

When transposing numbers on to the official tabulator tote, it is the judges responsibility to make sure the transfer of numbers is correct.  The Tabulator Tote is the official score sheet and will not be changed after the numbers have been entered into the computer system.

 

There are two reasons for this change. 1) Is to allow the judges a chance to review scores on their own tote sheet before submitting their scores as to allow some flexibility in making corrections in spreads and ranking and rating. 2) Is the cost savings and "green" impact this will have on  the organization.

 

There will be no additional time for judges to make changes on their tote before it is submitted to the tabulator.  Principals of scoring are the same and there will not be any consultation between judges when totes are submitted.  The professionalism of the judge community is always something that must be held in the highest regard.   

 

Scoring now involves four steps- Impression, Analysis, Comparison and Adjustment.

 

Any adjustments as we work  this new system out will be relayed to all units via www.nesba.org   Please be flexible with this new system and allow us a few shows to make sure we get all the kinks out of the process.