Article 1 - Participation
Participation is only possible after an invitation from the organizers has been received. Bands wishing to receive an invitation may make this known before February 1st. Participation is only final when the application form has been received and the entry fee has been transferred before March 15th. After this date, the invitation will have been expired and the organization will have the right to invite another band.
Article 2 - Band Classification
Participating bands will be divided into three categories:
A-group (Championship section)
B-group (1st and 2nd section)
C-group (3rd and 4th section)
Article 3 - Programming
The festival will take place on two days. On Friday, the A-group will play a contest work - level championship section - and a short set piece. Both pieces will be judged a a whole. Total performance time is 30 minutes per band. On Saturday, all groups will perform an own choice programme. The degree of difficulty of the concert programme must reflect the standard of the group classification in which the band participates. Incorporation of a major work (test piece) is customary but not compulsory.
Each band must include the following elements in its concert programme: a solo work (duet, trio) that will compete in the best soloist competition. The B- and C-group will also play a short compulsory piece.
The "stage time" for all groups is 30 minutes maximum. This includes applause, preparation and clearing of (percussion) instruments and presentation. Time commences when the first band member appears on stage before the concert, and ends when the last band member has left the stage after the concert.
The performance time may be exceeded by a maximum of two minutes with no points deducted. From the third minute, one penalty point per minute will be deducted from the adjudicators' total score.
Article 4 - Order of performance
Order of performance will be decided within each group by draw. The draw will take place at least one hour before the commencement of each group. Each band is required to send a representative to the draw.
Article 5 - Adjudication
Participating bands will be judged by a professional jury (two members, isolated) who will evaluate the musical performance of the band. The jury will also award the soloists prize to the best soloist for each group.
Article 6 - Instruments
All participating band have the opportunity to use the percussion instruments provided by Euro Brass Drachten at a small rental fee. Bands wishing to do so, are asked to indicate this on the application form . A list of available percussion instruments is available on the site.
Participating bands are free to use their own percussion instruments. All placing and clearing activities of both the own percussion and the percussion already on stage, is always part of the band's own playing time. In both the rehearsal room and on stage are sufficient stands available.
Article 7 - Liability
The organization is not liable for theft, misplacement, loss or damage to personal effects and/or instruments belonging to participating bands or individual players.
Article 8 - Audio-visual recordings
Participating bands can't claim any rights to photographs, audio- of video recordings made by or on behalf of the organization.
Article 9 - Payment Refunds
Entry fees will only be refunded in the case of calamity as deemed by the organisers.
Article 10 - Exceptional circumstances
The organizers reserve the right to defer from these contest regulations in exceptional circumstances.