April 20, 2023
Oregon State University
The LaSells Stewart Center
875 SW 26th Street
To provide a sound educational experience for all participants, enable Oregon bands to qualify for the Oregon School Activities Association State Band Championships recording pool, and supply valid, thorough critique and clinics to all students and directors.
2023 festival pricing: $395
Limited to 14 bands
Your registration will reserve a spot. When the full payment is received, your registration will be confirmed. Many groups were turned away in past years, so it is critical that payment is received on time in order to be confirmed for a time slot. If a school purchase order is used, payment must be received by March 15, 2023. Fees are refundable only if a replacement group can be found.
March 1, 2023. A schedule will be emailed by March 15, 2023. Bands on a waiting list (if necessary) will be notified of their position on the list.
Middle school bands from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and British Columbia are invited to apply. The schedule will be filled on a first come, first served basis. “Second” bands will be accepted ONLY if space is available. We schedule all "first" bands and then fill in available time slots with "second" bands based on the date of their application.
Schedule and Format
Bands will be scheduled from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Bands are expected to be present to hear at least 4 other groups to ensure that everyone has an audience. Oregon Large Group Festival/Contest Guidelines will be followed. Oregon Band Director's Association Adjudication System and Oregon Band Director’s Association Required Literature List will be used. These are available on the OBDA website (www.obda.org).
State Contest Qualification
For Oregon bands only: Bands receiving two “I” or “I-“ ratings will be eligible to apply and submit their performance recording for one of the “open” recording pool spots in the State Contest. Out-of-state schools meeting this standard will also be publicly recognized.
Divisions and Ratings
This is a non-competitive festival. All schools will be evaluated on the OBDA Systems High School Scale. Performance ratings will not be posted. Each band will receive a recording of their performance and a compact disc of verbal critiques. These will be available at the conclusion of morning and afternoon sessions.
Adjudication and Clinic
Three performance adjudicators will critique each band’s performance. One of the adjudicators will follow the group to the clinic room and present a 20-minute clinic. Bands will not be required to sight-read.
Bands should play at least one selection from the appropriate classification shown on the OBDA list. Titles may be substituted with approval of the contest director. Remaining selections can be from any source. The updated Literature list can be found on the OBDA website at www.obda.org.
Each band will have 30 minutes to set up, perform, and exit. This will be strictly enforced. OSU ensembles will perform at the end of the morning session (followed by recognition of bands receiving a Division I rating).
Judges for the 2023 festival TBA.
Oregon State University will not be held responsible for valuables or any other personal property that is lost or stolen during the festival. Storage rooms are shared between schools and are not locked. Encourage students to leave their valuables at home or on the bus.
Setup and Parking Information
Band Setup & Percussion Information Sheet | OSU Campus Parking Map