Concert Band

2018 Dates:

VSMF New Concert Band Repertoire Reading Day
Sunday Feb 11th
(Scotch College, Hawthorn)

VSMF Regional Concert Band, Beginner, Novice, Junior & Intermediate
Aug 9th & 10th
(Geelong College)

VSMF Junior Concert Band Section
Aug 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

VSMF Intermediate & Advanced Concert Band Section
Aug 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th & 29th
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

VSMF Regional Concert Band, Beginner, Novice, Junior & Intermediate
Aug 30th
(Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo)

VSMF Young Band Section
Nov 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th
(Deakin Edge, Fed Square)

2018

Registration Closed

Registration for 2018 Concert Band is now at capacity and closed. Please click here to email us with your preference if you would like to be on the waiting list.

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
569 Burwood Road
Hawthorn Vic, 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419556460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Timetable

 

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Mon 12/11BCBNCBBCBNCB
Tue 13/11NCBBCBNCBBCB
Thu 15/11BCBBCBNCBNCB

KEY: BCB = Beginner Concert Band, NCB = Novice Concert Band

Session 1: Mon: 9.30am to 12.15pm | Tue: 9.30pm to 12.45pm | Thu: 9.30am to 12.15pm
Session 2: Mon: 12.45pm to 4.00pm | Tue: 1.15pm to 4.30pm | Thu: 1.00pm to 3.45pm
Session 3: Mon: 4.15pm to 6.30pm | Tue: 4.45pm to 7.00pm | Thu: 4.00pm to 6.15pm
Session 4: Mon: 7.00pm to 8.45pm | Tue: 7.00pm to 9.30pm | Thu: 7.00pm to 9.15pm

* Sessions times subject to change

2018 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on Monday 10th September 9am & close Thursday 13th September at 5pm 2018.
  2. There are a certain number of places available in each section, refer to the proposed timetable. Groups will be allocated to sections in the order registrations are received. You may not receive your first preference on all
  3. NOTE: This may happen before the close of registrations. Once places are filled schools will be placed on a waiting list
  4. Registration can only be submitted on-line at www.vsmf.com.au
  5. Groups must indicate on their application form their 1st, 2nd & 3rd attendance preference for each category they are entering.
  6. Requests made after September 13th (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences

 

  1. $75.00 per school band plus $9.00 per participating student.
  2. Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  3. Cancellations received prior to Wednesday 31st October 2018 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After October 31st no refunds will be made. Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.
  4. Registrations will not be accepted without a school order number. A tax invoice will be sent on receipt of registration.

General Procedure

  1. Each ensemble will be given an arrival time. After registration the ensemble will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the ensemble.
  2. Schools must adhere to arrival and departure times. Any school that departs without completing all activities without prior arrangement with the Festival Administrator may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
  3. Each ensemble will participate in three activities:
    PERFORMANCE
    Pre-performance warm -up & tuning period
    Performance to a panel of adjudicators
    ON STAGE TUTORIAL
    Post Performance workshop on stage with the chief Adjudicator
    LISTENING
    Each ensemble will listen to 2 other ensembles perform

Participation Criteria

SCHOOL ENSEMBLES

  1. The Festival is open to students who are currently attending any primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college concert bands and/or jazz ensembles.
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that ensemble rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form and co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not play with the ensemble.
  4. All school groups must provide the necessary ratio of staff supervision to the number students attending the Festival. It is not the responsibility of VSMF staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening and weekend sessions.
  5. No school may register the same ensemble or an ensemble made up of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior Concert Band & Intermediate Concert Band)

Performance Criteria

CHOICE OF REPERTOIRE

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding choice of music.
  2. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will not be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES
VSMF will provide scores for the adjudicators for pieces on the VSMF repertoire list. Scores will only need to be provided if you have made adjustments for your performance. You will need to provide scores for any piece you are performing that does NOT appear on the VSMF repertoire list. If you are providing scores the following steps need to be followed:

  1. Participating groups are required to provide two (2) copies of each score for adjudication purposes.
  2. All changes to the score must be clearly indicated (e.g. Bass part played on synth).
  3. Each score is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked.
  4. All scores provided for the adjudicators must have each bar numbered.

 

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding performance criteria.
  2. If the total performance time as permitted in the performance criteria is exceeded, excess performance time will be subtracted from the on stage tutorial time.
  3. Each ensemble will receive an award being Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Refer to Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble information for eligibility.
  4. Excess performance of more than two (2) minutes may result in exclusion from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  5. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the
  6. The decision of the panel of adjudicators is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

EXEMPTION FROM PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  1. Any Advanced Concert Bands that wish to play a major work may apply in writing for an exemption of the performance criteria relating to their section.
  2. Any Senior or Intermediate Jazz Ensemble that wish to substitute from the A – Swing or B – Ballad lists may apply to do so in writing.
  3. Requests for exception of criteria must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 29th to: Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 228 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, 3122

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools may not use their own drumkits but may bring their own cymbals.
  3. Schools must provide all percussion mallets required for their performance and all auxiliary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.
  4. The following equipment is supplied for ensembles: Chairs, music stands, conductor’s stand, podium, snare drum, drum kit (with cymbals), suspended cymbals, hand (crash) cymbals, congas, bongos, 4 timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, gong, bass drum, chimes, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier, keyboard amplifier, electric piano and acoustic piano.

Adjudication comments are recorded and made available to all participating schools.

Concert Bands

A Concert Band is a balanced ensemble, consisting of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments, as follows:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, *Bass Clarinet, *Bassoon, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, *Eb Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, *French Horn, *Euphonium, *Tuba, *Double Bass, Percussion (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, Glockenspiel, Xylophone and other instruments required by the given work) *Optional for younger groups.

In order to decide whether your band should enter Beginner or Novice Band section, use the repertoire list as a guide.

If the students are able to comfortably perform the Novice list, then that is the section they enter. The intention of the Beginner Band Section is to encourage very junior bands that have only been learning for a short time and whose members may have limited skills. This may be their first public performance.

BEGINNER CONCERT BAND
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* Open to any concert band that has not performed in any concert band festival or competition before 2018.
* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of fifteen (15) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed eight (8) minutes.
* Each band must play at least two (2) contrasting, published pieces of music. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.
* At least one piece must be selected from the Beginner Concert Band list.
* Awards are not graded into Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. All Beginner Bands will receive a Performance award acknowledging their performance.

NOVICE CONCERT BAND
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* Open to any concert band that has not performed in any concert band festival or competition before 2017.
* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of fifteen (15) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed eight (8) minutes.
* Each band must play at least two (2) contrasting, published pieces of music. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.
* At least one piece must be selected from the Novice Concert Band list.
* Awards are not graded into Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. All Beginner Bands will receive a Performance award acknowledging their performance.

JUNIOR CONCERT BAND
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of twenty (20) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed nine (9) minutes.
* Play at least two contrasting works. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.
* At least one selection must be from the Junior Concert Band repertoire list
* The other work(s) may be selected from the Junior Concert Band list or from the following categories: Overture, Chorale, Ballad, March, Symphonic Suite, Symphonic, Contemporary, Folk, Orchestral Transcription.
* All bands are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of twenty (20) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed twelve (12) minutes.
* Play at least two contrasting works. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.
* At least one selection must be from the Intermediate Concert Band repertoire list.
* The other work(s) may be selected from the Intermediate Concert Band list or from the following categories: Overture, Chorale, Ballad, March, Symphonic Suite, Symphonic, Contemporary, Folk, Orchestral Transcription.
* All bands are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

ADVANCED CONCERT BAND
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of thirty (30) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed twenty (20) minutes.
* Play at least two contrasting works. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.
* At least one selection must be from the Advanced Concert Band repertoire list.
* The other work(s) may be selected from the Advanced Concert Band list or from the following categories: Overture, Chorale, Ballad, March, Symphonic Suite, Symphonic, Contemporary, Folk, Orchestral Transcription.
* All bands are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
* Any Advanced Concert Band that wishes to play a major work (more than 15 minutes) may apply in writing for an exemption of the performance criteria relating to their section. Requests must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 27th to: Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 569 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122

Repertoire

Advanced Arr./Composer
Aurora Australis Martyn Hancock
Concertino for Wind Orchestra
1 – Con Forza | 2 – Simplice | 3 – Con Brio
Ralph Hultgren
Down in the River Jay Bocook
Festive Proclamation Claude T. Smith
Nitro Frank Ticheli
Nurture Edward Fairlie
Perthshire Majesty Samuel R Hazo
Prelude, Siciliano & Rondo
1 – Pr | 2 – Ro | 3 – Si
Arnold/Paynter
Sheep Shearing Song Goossens/Grainger
Snowflakes Dancing Andrew Boysen, Jr.

 

Intermediate Arr./Composer
Air for Band Frank Erickson
Banks of Green Willow, The Butterworth /Longfield
Cajun Folk Songs No 1
1 – La Belle et | 2 Belle
Frank Ticheli
A Child’s Lullaby Robert Sheldon
Chopsticks? (A Changing Meter) David Bobrowitz
Dance Sinfonia Denis Fisher
Lisbon (From Lincolnshire Posy) Grainger arr. Sweeney
Luminaria William Himes
Mystery and Mayhem Terry White
Night The Hippo Danced, The Tim Fisher
Red Robert W. Smith
Sea Glass Rick Kirby
Such Small Things Nathan Daughtrey
Twittering Machine Brian Balmages
The Visionaries Brian Hogg

 

Beginner Arr./Composer
Alien Crossfire! J. McBride
Battle of the Primes Roszell Patrick
Bringer of War (After Holst) Brian Balmages
City Life Brian West
Daydreams Rob Romeyn
The Magnificent Misadventure Roger Schmidli
Voyage of the Dragon Armada Timothy Loest
Zombie Dance Michael Story

 

Junior Arr./Composer
Bazaar Randall D. Standridge
Camel Train Brian Hogg
Country Wildflowers Larry Daehn
To Dream of Giants Roger Schmidli
Dystopia Jay Coles
Highlander Lullaby David Myers
I’m Seventeen Come Sunday Grainger Percy / Story
Josie‘s Dance David Bobrowitz
Marzo Zingaro Randall Standridge
Rejoice! James Swearingen
A Shaker Gift Song Frank Ticheli
Southhampton March Robert Sheldon
Terracotta Warriors Scott Watson
Waterdrops Come Spring Richard L. Saucedo
X Factor Michael Oare

 

Novice Arr./Composer
Attack of the Cyborgs Robert Buckley
Blessings Arr. Robert W. Smith
Caribbean Festival Greg Danner
Chaos Mountain Michael Oare
Game of Bones Michael Story
Lost Lady Found Arr. Story
Medieval Majesty Richard Linton
Nothing But The Best David Jones
Pulsate Mekel Rogers
Red Sky at Morning Heather Hoefle
Samba-lêlê Bruce Pearson
Trust Douglas Wagner

Dr. Matthew McInturf

Intermediate & Advanced Concert Band Adjudicator

Matthew McInturf is Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Director of the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He previously taught at Florida International University and in the public schools of Richardson, Texas.

Dr. McInturf received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas, where he studied conducting with Anshel Brusilow and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Houston where he studied composition with Michael Horvit and conducting with Eddie Green.

Throughout his career, Dr. McInturf’s ensembles have been recognized for their musical accomplishment. He has performed throughout the United States and recordings of his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio. In 1991, conducting the J. J. Pearce High School Band, he performed an acclaimed concert at the Mid-West clinic, with trombone soloist Christian Lindberg. He has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, TX and at the Southwest Regional Convention of the College Band Directors National Association with the SHSU Wind Ensemble.

An advocate of new music, Dr. McInturf has continued to commission new works for wind ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the World-Wide Concurrent Premiers and Commissioning Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation that works internationally to form consortiums to commission significant new works from contemporary composers. Dr. McInturf has served on the National Commissioning Committee of the College Band Directors National Association and the Commissioning Committee of the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. McInturf has an ongoing commitment to music education and frequently serves as a presenter for teacher in-service and consultant for public schools. He has been a guest lecturer in music education for universities and professional conferences. In his role as the Director of the SHSU Center for Music Education, he coordinates a program of performance based pedagogy workshops that offer valuable tools for practicing teachers and is the Managing Editor of Praxis, the online journal of the Center for Music Education. He has served on the College Band Directors National Association Music Education Task Force and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Band College.

Dr. McInturf is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and serves as Region Officer in the Texas Music Educators Association. He is currently the President of the Southwestern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. He is active in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the American Bandmasters Association and is a member of the College Music Society. In 2017, he was honored by the Texas Bandmasters Association as “Bandmaster of the Year.” Dr. McInturf enjoys guest conducting and frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator.

Jason Noble

Junior Concert Band & Geelong Regional Band Days Adjudicator

Jason Noble currently serves as Conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble in New York, New York. In addition to his duties at Columbia University, he currently serves as Conductor and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York and as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Montclair State University.. He has held recent positions at Hofstra University (Director of Bands, Visiting Assistant Professor), New York University (Associate Director of Wind Ensembles), and the Hanover Wind Symphony (Music Director). He also recently served as an adjunct lecturer at Teachers College – Columbia University, Montclair State University, and Kean University. He previously held positions as Director of Bands at Miami Coral Park High School, Miami, Florida. He holds degrees from New York University (M.A., Music Education) and University of Miami (B.M., Music Education, magna cum laude) and is currently a doctoral candidate (Ed.D, Music Education) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

In 2004, he commissioned a new significant work for wind band, “Yosemite Autumn,” by composer Mark Camphouse. Since that commissioning project, he has also been part of consortia commissions of composers John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Julie Giroux, James Syler, Tyler S. Grant, Jodie Blackshaw, and Matt Klohs. He and the Miami Coral Park High School band released a professionally recorded CD, “Living a Musical Dream,” with Mark Custom Records in 2003. Ensembles under his direction have consistently received national and international acclaim. Honor bands and ensembles under his direction have performed by exclusive competitive invitation at Carnegie Hall (2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), Salzburg and Vienna, Austria (2009, 2015), Prague, Czech Republic (2009, 2015), Gran Canaria, Spain (2010), Barcelona, Spain (2010), London, England (2013), at The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (2013), Budapest, Hungary (2015), and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia (2017).

He is in frequent and high demand as a conductor, lecturer, band program consultant, and music performance adjudicator across the United States and internationally. He has recently guest conducted wind ensembles in South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and China. He is an executive board member and adjudicator for the Central States Judges Association (CSJA), one of the nation’s premier musical adjudication organizations. His research interests include Band Education, Instrumental Music Education, and Philosophies of Music Education.