NOTE! If you want to sign up alone, and be in one of our Ensembles, please fill out this form. Our Ensembles cannot win prizes. This page is the sign up page for already-complete ensembles not affiliated with Denver Percussion. The $100 fee is for the entire ensemble, not for each student.
We are incredibly excited to present Denver Percussion's First Ever Percussion Competition!
- Who: High School & Middle School Band Programs and independent ensembles
- When: Fall 2020 (August 1 – November 6, 2020) – All competitions are by video upload
- Cost: $100 per ensemble, no limit on number of ensembles from each school or independent group. Music and necessary instrumentation are additional expenses if/as necessary
- What: Percussion ensemble music selected by Denver Percussion for ensembles of 3 to 10 musicians, which follows present Colorado and CDC guidelines for groups and coronavirus prevention.
- Why: To keep kids engaged and give them a goal to look forward to, while still promoting musicianship and fun.
- How: Band directors, or independent ensembles, will form groups of up to 10 students to compete in a percussion ensemble competition for the fall of 2020. Students need not be percussionists to play in a percussion ensemble! Groups will select up to three pieces with a minimum of 5 minutes but no more than 8 minutes of music for the group to perform (total performance time must be less than 10 minutes). Music must be selected from the list provided and be all from the same difficulty level the ensemble has chosen. All music may be purchased directly from Denver Percussion at a discount off the posted list price. Sample recordings and scores are available on the respective publisher’s website.
Groups will be scored on the following criteria:
Rhythm (50 points)
- Individual rhythmic accuracy (20 points)
- Ensemble rhythmic accuracy (20 points)
- Complexity of rhythm (10 points)
- Note accuracy (30 points)
- Individual preparation (10 points)
- Group preparation (10 points)
- Complexity of music (10 points)
- Musicality (20 points)
- Individual phrasing & performance (10 points)
- Ensemble phrasing & performance (10 points)
NOTE: There is no visual score for this competition, but ensembles are expected to dress and act professionally in their performance. Costumes related to the selected music not required, but they may make the performance more fun for the group. Costumes will not increase, or decrease, a group’s score. Note that the actual performance is part of the musicality score, so performing well is encouraged.
Video submissions should be of high quality (HD1080 or better), from a single fixed camera positioned to see the entire group. Stereo audio provided on the video should be of exceptionally good quality, and multichannel audio mixing (close mixing) is allowed. Groups that do not have multichannel mixing capability may use a single stereo microphone. Please contact Denver Percussion for assistance in video and audio recording assistance as needed. We recommend you do a few dry runs of your video/audio work prior to the actual submission deadlines!
All videos will be uploaded through a DropBox link supplied by Denver Percussion. These links are time restricted, and late uploads will not be accepted. Failure to upload a video will result in a score of N/V (no video).
Round 1 – Video submissions by October 23, 2020 – Recording should show student achievement to-date. Perfect performances are not expected, as kids are probably still learning and perfecting the music.
Round 2 – Video submissions by November 13, 2020 – Recordings should be complete performances of all music selections.
Final Round – Video submissions by December 11, 2020 – This final round will determine overall placement of ensembles for the competition.
Prizes: Denver Percussion is working with manufacturers to come up with prizes for the top three groups in all levels of this competition. Prizes will be announced as soon as they are known.
All students will be required to have a parental (and/or student release for students over 18) for video recording and use. Denver Percussion requires all groups to have these releases filed before the first video submission for all students in the performing ensemble. Denver Percussion may promote any ensemble on its YouTube page to showcase the great things going on in Colorado. All necessary licensing for these videos will be obtained by Denver Percussion, and any future revenue(s) derived from such video will be retained by Denver Percussion.
Find the Music Available to use for the competition below: