Concert Band

2019 Dates:

VSMF Junior Concert Band Section
Jul 29th, 30th, 31st & Aug 1st
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

VSMF Regional Concert Band, Beginner, Novice, Junior & Intermediate
Aug 5th & 6th
(Geelong College)

VSMF Intermediate & Advanced Concert Band Section
Aug 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

VSMF Young Band Section
November 7th, 8th, 11th & 12th
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

Registration Dates

Registration for 2019 Concert Band open between Monday April 29th and Friday May 3rd.

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
228 Auburn Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419 556 460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Timetable

 

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Mon 29/07JCBJCBJCBJCB
Tue 30/07JCBJCBJCB
Wed 31/07JCBJCBJCB
Thu 01/08JCBJCBJCB
Mon 05/08*JCBBCB-NCBICB
Tue 06/08**BCB-NCBJCB
Mon 19/08ICBICBICBICB
Tue 20/08ICBICBICB
Wed 21/08ICBICBACB
Thu 22/08ICBICBACB
Mon 26/08ICBICBACB
Tue 27/08ICBICBACB
Wed 28/08ICBICBICB
Thu 29/08ICBICBICB

* Mon 05/08 - Geelong College
** Tue 06/08 - Geelong College

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

Session 1: Approximately 10am to 12.30pm
Session 2: Approximately 1.15pm to 3.15pm
Session 3: Approximately 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Session 4: Approximately 7.00pm to 10.30pm

* Sessions times subject to change

2019 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on Monday 29th April 9am & close Friday 3rd May at 5pm 2019.
  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 May 3rd (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 Friday 28th June 2019 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After June 28th 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 28th 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 2019.
* 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 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 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

Download the repertoire PDF

Advanced Arr./Composer
Country Mile, A Crellin / Fairlie
Listen! Ralph Hultgren
Slava! A Concert Overture Bernstein/ Longfield
Sleep, My Child Whitacre / Gershaman
Speak to Me Dana Wilson
Symphonic Overture Charles Carter
Three Sketches for Wind Band Jack Stamp
To All Things Left Behind Richard L. Saucedo
Undertow John Mackey
Wyvern Fire Andrew Boysen Jr.

 

Intermediate Arr./Composer
Abracadabra Frank Ticheli
Academic Festival Overture Brahms / Curnow
Allegro And Intermezzo Claude T Smith
Come Down Rain Jack Wilds
Earth Song Frank Ticheli
Excelsior Brian Hogg
Fivefold Michael Oare
Haywire Erik Morales
Heaven’s Light Reineke/arr. Romeyn
Impact Randall D. Standridge
Sarcophagus Leslie Gilreath
Shattered Chris M. Bernotas
Snarl John Mackay
The Hounds of Spring Alfred Reed / Longfield
The Willow Tree Ní Uallacháin/arr. Sweeney

 

 

Junior Arr./Composer
Amen Frank Ticheli
Autumn Rains Patrick Roszell
Cataclysm Robert Sheldon
Circus Marchimus Brian West
Dark Ride Randall D. Standridge
Destined to Fly William Owens
Escapade at Twilight Michael Kamuf
Frogs Randall D. Standridge
Hobbits Dance & Hymn Johan de Meij
Humble Heart Ed Kiefer
Midnight Fair David Bobrowitz
On Joyful Wing Michael Sweeney
Prairie Hymn, A Sean Kelley
Simple Song Ralph Hultgren
The Secret Laboratory Franklin D. Adams, Jr.

 

Novice Arr./Composer
Arrival of the Victorious Queen Brad Ciechomski
Celtic Air and Dance No. 4 Michael Sweeney
Coronation Fanfare R. W. Smith
Kangaroo Hop Crombie/ West
King of Level Cross Michael Oare
Land of Enchantment Timothy Loest
Legend of the Water Dragon Edward Kennedy
Sahara Adventure Victor López
The Great Train Record R.W. Smith
Time is Running Out Roger Schmidli
Wind Dances Richard L. Saucedo
Zip Line Joshua V. Hinkel

 

Beginner Arr./Composer
Baldur’s Dream Martin West
Battle Of The Androids Rob Romeyn
Blue Sky Rock Francois Dorion
Dance Slav Jack Wilds
Desert Storm Adam Arnold
Soft Kitty With Variations Newlin/arr. A Clark
The Legend of Boudica Mekel Rogers
Time to Dance, A Bruce Pearson

 

Emily Threinen

Intermediate and Advanced Concert Band Adjudicator

Emily Threinen is an Associate Professor of Music and currently serves as Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, USA. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, assists undergraduate conducting, and provides administrative
leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota Bands. Emily began this post in August 2016.

Prior to her appointment at Minnesota, Emily served as Associate Professor, Director of Bands, and Artistic Director of Winds and Brass at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before her work in Philadelphia, Threinen served as Assistant Professor, Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony in Durham, North Carolina; Director of the Concordia University Wind Ensemble in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Conductor of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received the Outstanding Teacher Award. Emily consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists of varied disciplines. Residencies and projects with composers and new compositions are integral to her creative work. She is published in multiple volumes of the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series, where she has been recognized as a strong scholarly contributor. She is active, across the nation and abroad, as a guest conductor, clinician, and conference presenter.

Emily Threinen is a Yamaha Master Educator. She currently serves on the newly created Executive Council of the Composer Diversity Project and is an active member of these organizations: American Bandmasters Association (ABA), World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Kappa Psi as an honorary
member.

Jeff Ball

Chief Adjudicator Junior Concert Band Section

Jeff W. Ball is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony,
established in 2008 as the Grand Street Community Band. From its original thirty members,
the organization has grown into the seventy-piece Brooklyn Wind Symphony and allowed
for the formation of two additional ensembles, the ninety-piece Grand Street Community
Band and the seventy-five piece Kings County Concert Band. The Brooklyn Wind Symphony
is the first ever New York City based ensemble to be invited to perform at the Midwest
Clinic and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference. This past
November the Brooklyn Wind Symphony gave the gala opening night performance at the
New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference. The Metropolitan
Music Community, a 501c3 non-profit corporation on which Jeff serves as a board member,
oversees all three organizations. Jeff now serves as the NYSSMA Chairperson for Community
Music.

Jeff is also in his fourteenth year as Director of Bands and ninth year as Coordinator of Performing Arts at the Grand Street Campus (GSC) High Schools in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. His responsibilities include direction of the GSC Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band A and Beginner Band as well as overseeing a large performing arts department comprising more than 180 pianists, 60 guitarists, and courses in musical theater, music theory and theater technology. The seven bands at GSC involve over 400 students from the three Title 1 (high poverty) high schools that make up the campus. Over 95% of the band students at GSC begin their musical training in the ninth grade. Despite this late start, the four concert bands and three jazz bands at the school consistently receive the top ratings of “Gold” and “Gold with Distinction” at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival, often participating at the highest levels of five and six. Jeff has given the presentation about his work at GSC “Successful Urban Band Director: Making it Work Where it Usually Doesn’t” at many state and national music education conferences. Jeff was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Grammy Foundation Music Educator of the Year award.