We've come to the beginning of another competition season! This is the most exciting (and BUSY) time of the band year for our Dragon kiddos and families, but it's worth it! We can't wait to see them on the field this coming weekend at the Bands of America Austin Regional!
For those of you who are new band parents, and as a reminder for those of us who have done this for a while, we wanted to post a few guidelines for competition etiquette. Competition days can be overwhelming for our new families and sometimes the little things get overlooked. We wanted to put this out there early in the week so everyone has a chance to read it. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions regarding competitions in general! We're happy to help our new parents feel a little more at ease with the day. These can also be kept in mind for performances during football games.
This year is also a potential State year. For those Freshman and Sophomore parents who weren't with us last time we competed in a state year - our band will march in the UIL Region Marching Competition on October 22. The goal here is to receive a score of 1 and advance to the UIL Area Marching Competition the following week. (Did we mention we're hosting Area this year and we need you to volunteer??) Area has a prelims/finals format. The top 10 bands from prelims move on to finals where the top 5-6 bands (based on how many qualified to be there for prelims) move on to the UIL State Marching Competition.
UIL Competitions are different from BOA competitions, as are their judges. We've added a few extra "rules" this year based on past UIL experiences. The judges don't like noise makers (cow bells, etc) and have commented in past years about fans being overzealous with their cheering. Please help us support and cheer for the band, but do so conservatively as not to invite negative judges comments.
Marching Band Competition Etiquette for Parents and Visitors
RULE #1: Please refrain from talking in the stands while a band is performing. This is a serious distraction to them and the people around you.
RULE #2: Please turn off (or at least put on vibrate) your cell phone. If you receive a call during a performance, please wait until that performance is over before returning the call.
RULE #3: Please don’t get up to leave or come into the stands during a performance. This is especially distracting to the band on the field and those around you. Please do that in between performances.
RULE #4: EVERY band that takes the field deserves our absolute attention on respect. We applaud every band that takes the field. Remember, those kids have worked just as hard as yours and they deserve it!
RULE #5: Please don’t speak poorly of other bands in the stands, even if you didn’t like their performance. They’ve worked hard on it. Those other parents around you might be the parents of the kids in the band you were just talking about. Always keep a positive attitude regarding EVERY band. Negative comments can reflect negatively on the entire Dragon Band program.
RULE #6: Please refrain from calling out your student’s name when the Dragon Band takes the field. Instead of drawing attention to one individual (which usually embarrasses that student), stick to the traditional, “Go Rock! Go Band! Go Rock Band!” cheer that will bring attention to the entire ensemble.
RULE #7: No matter where we finish in the standings at the end of the evening, please applaud every band. It’s not about where we place or what trophies we garner; but rather how well the kids performed that day/night on the field.
RULE #8: Please leave all noisemakers at home. This is extremely important at ALL UIL Marching Competitions. They may distract the performers and could even affect a band's score if the judge is unable to hear the music. Cheering and applause are fine during a performance and may be especially appropriate after a solo or when the band or color guard achieves a particularly striking effect. Music judges are almost always outside of the press box near the center of the stadium. If you are sitting directly below this area, please be extremely aware of your noise level throughout our performance and the entire competition.
RULE #9: General information regarding photos and videos:
- At all BOA competitions, taking photos from the stands is okay. However, they do not permit any tripods. Video and/or audio recording at these events is strictly prohibited and enforced.
- At Region/Area UIL competitions, taking photos is allowed. Videos are not expressly prohibited but may be "frowned upon."
- At football games, taking photos and videos is absolutely okay! Just don't stand or obstruct the view of others around you.
- IMPORTANT - please do NOT publicly share any video or audio recording of the Varsity Band show until after the end of the contest season. This includes "live streaming" on any social media sites, as they turn into posted videos once the stream is over.
We want everyone to walk away from the night’s performances saying what a class act the Round Rock High School Dragon Band and Fans are. Our kids are held to incredibly high standards. We should be too!
See you at the competition! Wear maroon! Go Rock! Go Band! GO ROCK BAND!