After greater than 40 years of showcasing reside highschool marching bands in what has developed into the Competition of Champions, the College of Central Missouri will host the 2020 fall occasion in a digital format.
The occasion, which incorporates each a aggressive and non-competitive circuit for discipline exhibits, indoor percussion, and/or indoor coloration guard, takes place this Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, (Oct. 13-15) and Saturday, Oct. 17 with an awards present culminating the occasion at 5 p.m. (CST). All occasions may be seen free by way of reside
streaming video on the UCM Bands YouTube channel.
“100 bands from coast to coast signed as much as take part on this occasion, with 75 bands and teams from Missouri,” stated UCM Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands Dr. Julia Baumanis, “General, there are 7,000 taking part scholar musicians and coloration guard performers. Together with their band administrators and band household, this occasion has the potential to achieve a really massive viewers.”
People who log on to observe the Digital Competition of Champions Award Present additionally will see an exhibition efficiency from the UCM Marching Mules, Percussion and Shade Guard. The awards ceremony will honor winners in varied aggressive classes. College students concerned within the UCM Digital Media Manufacturing program below route of DMP college members Dr, Joe Moore and Scott Hofsommer are producing the complete present, which is predicted to final about one hour. The digital program additionally will embody alternatives to listen to from particular visitor audio system that embody UCM administrative leaders; famend band composer Frank Ticheli; members of the Boston Brass, a particular visitor from of Marvel Movies Studios, and extra.
“That is such a exceptional growth of the competition’s scope as a nationally seen occasion – to not point out a Herculean activity throughout COVID-19,” stated Dr. Albert Kim, assistant professor of music and coordinator of UCM live performance publicity. He identified UCM music college students are enjoying a considerable function in producing the occasion in addition to adjudicating the taking part ensembles in a format that resembles a sports activities drafting ceremony.
Highschool band administrators from throughout the nation got the chance to register on-line for the occasion, and to point in the event that they wished to be adjudicated. That they had the chance to submit a video of their marching band that was taken both by smartphone or by advanced-level video tools throughout a band rehearsal or a reside efficiency at their residence stadium.
A panel of judges that features adjudicators from across the nation views every efficiency and gives suggestions and a rating, very similar to the reside occasion. All assessments and feedback can be shared with every band director on the conclusion of Competition of Champions. Moreover, rankings for the aggressive groups can be introduced on the finish of the live-streamed present, just like what takes place within the finals spherical of the reside competitors.
The viewing schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m. Class A Aggressive and Non-competitive; Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m., Aggressive and Non-competitive; Thursday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m., Class AAA, Aggressive and Non-competitive; Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m. Aggressive and Non-competitive, Class AAAA; Saturday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m., Remaining Awards Present.
In cooperation with music college and workers, UCM has develop into a Midwestern hub for seeing in motion a number of the greatest highschool bands within the area by the annual Competition of Champions. The occasion started in 1978 because the Missouri Music Bowl, however grew right into a showcase for greater than 30 bands from Missouri, Kansas Arkansas, Nebraska and Illinois.
Dr. Anthony Pursell, UCM’s director of bands, stated that “This 12 months’s occasion was initially scheduled for October 17, 2020 at Audrey J. Walton Stadium, however attributable to issues over the pandemic, it was re-designed to culminate on that date in a very digital format to supply a secure expertise for all whereas additionally offering a possibility to broaden its attain and to showcase extra of the nation’s high highschool bands.”
The competitors may even highlight a tribute to all highschool seniors. “For many of those college students, COVID has taken away their ultimate alternative to placed on a band uniform as a senior member of their ensemble, and we all know that weighs heavy on them,” Pursell stated. “My very own son is barely a sophomore, however I put myself as a dad into this competition to present the scholars somewhat one thing particular. We hope that it brings a smile to those college students, their administrators, and their households at a time when COVID has taken so many alternatives away.”
Whereas the Competition of Bands gives a possibility to boost funds for scholarships for music college students, representatives of UCM’s music program are reaching out to company sponsors to assist help with prices and to achieve monetary assist to assist college students in pursuit of their faculty training.
Be taught extra in regards to the Digital Competition of Champions at https://www.ucmo.edu/college-of-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/school-of-visual-and-performing-arts/music/festival-of-champions/.
Additionally, people can view the Digital Competition of Champions on UCM Bands’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/UCMbands. Additionally they can sustain with UCM Bands on Fb at https://www.facebook.com/UCMbands, Instagram at @ucmbands_official, and by way of Twitter at @UCMBands.