Pridgeon Processional Marching Invitational Information



Location: The Newly-Remodeled Ken Pridgeon Stadium

Eligibility: Eligibility is open to all high school bands. All participating members must be enrolled at the same high school as a full time student, or a student at the feeder school of the participating high school. All performers who contribute to the performance must be students. Violation of the eligibility guidelines will result in disqualification.


Band classification will be based on number of performers:


Group I: 1-80

Group II: 81-120

Group III: 121-160

Group IV: 161-200

Group V: 200+  


Adjudicators: Judges will be selected off of the lists from UIL, Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Winter Guard International. These organizations provide extensive numbers management training for their judges. The panel will be selected from all parts of the country in order to obtain the best possible adjudication team.


Entry Fee: The entry fee for the Pridgeon Processional Marching Invitational  will be $450, payable to JVHS Band Boosters. JVHS Band Boosters will accept check and money order.  Please make checks out to “JVHS BPO”


ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLY BY THE ONLINE FORM, beginning March 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017.


The Entry Form must be completed in full and signed by the unit director and principal or superintendent. Entry form and fee must be received by August 31, 2017 for entry to be valid. YOUR ENTRY IS NOT CONSIDERED ACCEPTED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN E-MAIL FROM US CONFIRMING RECEIPT. IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD FROM US WITHIN 7 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU SUBMITTED YOUR ENTRY, YOU MUST CONTACT US


Scoring System: The scoring system uses a combination of judges scores for music, marching and visual effects/enhancement. The weight of the numbers in the scoring system places 20% of the score within the area of general effect and 80% within the performance area.


The point allotment for the competition is as follows:


10% Average of Winds Music Performance (Individual), judged on the field


20% Average of Winds Music Performance (Ensemble),judged from the highest point in the stands


10% Average of Percussion Music Performance judged on the field


20% Average of Visual Performance (Ensemble-Winds and Battery), judged from the highest point in the stands


10% Average of Color Guard Performance (Ensemble), judged from the highest point in the stands


15% Average of Overall Music Effect, judged from the highest point in the stands

15% Average of Overall Visual Effect, judged from the highest point in the stands


New for 2017: a non-scoring General Analysis Commentary 

-xx points Timing & Penalties Judge


Judge’s Comments:

Bands receive a recorded verbal evaluation and score sheets from each judge. The emphasis is on the input the judge offers into the band’s program via the recorded evaluation. Recorded evaluations and scanned images of written critique will be made available via Dropbox. The timing of availability of these evaluations is as follows:


Written score sheets and verbal evaluations for bands will be made available approximately 15 minutes after the Awards Ceremony.


Event Schedule: The event shall be limited to no more than 24 bands.

ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH SUBMITTED ENTRY FORM ONLY , beginning March 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. Those entries received prior to the March 1 WILL NOT be considered for placement until that date. Preliminary step-off time will be determined by Entry Form date received by Contest Staff, regardless of class. All entries that have the same entry date will be scheduled by draw, starting with the last spot to the first. Entry deadline is August 31, 2017 or once 24 bands have entered. The competition will start no earlier than 8:00 A.M. and end at 2:30 P.M. Band performances will be scheduled at 15 minute intervals.


This is a Prelims/Finals Contest. 


Awards Presentation: The top three (3) bands in each classification will be given a trophy.  In addition (1) band will be named Grand Champion regardless of class.  There will also be four (4) caption awards. The 5 caption awards are for Music, Visual, Percussion, Guard.


Division ratings will be announced and Awards will be given for each classification as follows:


Division Ratings:

I 70 and above

II 55 - 69

III 41 - 54

IV 40 and below


In the event that there is only one band entered in a class, only the 1st place class placement trophy will be presented. No caption awards will be presented to that band. That band may, however, opt to compete with bands in a higher class as long as they agree prior to the start of the event.


Tickets: Tickets will be available at the gate. Ticket prices are: $10.  More information will be included in your director packet, which will be e-mailed to you late September.


Director Badges/Field Passes: Competing unit passes will be picked up at Director Check In, when your band arrives at the site. Each band will receive six (6) Director badges and twenty-five (25) field passes, regardless of band size. These numbers are to be listed on the Entry Form and will be verified at the competition. Additional passes may be purchased as a regular gate admission ticket. These passes will be valid for competition. Only uniformed students and those with passes/hand stamps will be allowed into the stadium.


Copyright: Any applicable copyright laws for the performance and/or arranging of music for each band's performance are the sole responsibility of each participating unit.


Photo/Video Service: A professional video service will NOT be provided due to extensive and complicated copyright laws.


Performance Specifics


Warm up: Your warm-up times will be included in your final packet, which will be mailed in mid-September. We may provide a "pit" warm-up area near the stadium. Bands may not practice or warm-up within earshot or visual vicinity of the stadium.  Bands will have 30 minutes for warm-up this includes the physical warm up.  Report time to the stadium will be 10 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time.


Performance Area Surface (of the stadium floor): The performance field will be a regulation size football field with end zones and including the area from out-of-bounds lines on the ends to fifteen (15) feet in front of the front side line (360 feet long) and from the out-of-bounds lines on the ends to the back limit of the field surface, normally the back grandstand or wall. Entrance of the band proper may not be over the front sideline. Performers presetting equipment in the front (pit) may enter from the front.


Performance Times: Once you enter the performance area, you will have a five (5) minute maximum prep time for set-up and warm-up (placement of props/equipment must take place during this time). This time will begin at the cue of the Timing & Penalties judge. Once your band appears to be ready, or at four (4) minutes, the announcer will introduce your band. Once the drum majors hear their names, they are to immediately salute and set to begin the performance. The first note of music or the first step-off by a member of the band proper will start the timing of your show and must occur within 30 seconds from the conclusion of the announcement introducing your band. Each band is allowed a performance time of 7 to 11 minutes. This timing will begin at the conclusion for the 4 minute set-up/warm-up time. Following completion of your show, your band will have 2 minutes to vacate the performance area (outside/clear of the goal line), which will be the conclusion of your 15 minute block. All props and equipment must be totally removed from the Performance Area within 4 minutes following the end of the bands performance. All uniformed students will receive a hand stamp that will allow them access back into the stadium.


Props/Equipment: Each band will be able to unload large props and equipment for your show no sooner than 45 minutes prior to your step-off time. Following your bands performance, you will have 45 minutes to remove your props and equipment. Specifics will be included in the Mid-September packet.


Penalties: These are at the discretion of the Timing & Penalties Judge/Contest Director:

•Time requirements: 0.1 point per 3 seconds or fraction thereof

•Delay of Contest: 0.5 point per minute or fraction thereof

•Warm-up Areas: 2.0 points (for using unauthorized area/time for warm-up)

•Boundary: 0.1 point per flagrant infraction


Electronics: All electronically produced music must be "live" and played in "real time" by a student. No "prerecorded or sequenced" music, whether instrumental or vocal may be used. The use of sounds other than music, such as narration or sound effects, may be prerecorded and used without penalty. Electronic units are allowed if they are self-powered. If power is available at the site, it may be used at the unit's own risk. The Jersey Village High School Band nor the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District takes responsibility for supplying any band’s electrical and electronic needs.