Update: Because of forecasted inclement weather for Saturday, October 21, the Heart of of America Marching Festival has been CANCELED for 2017. Find more details here.
We welcome high school bands to participate in the 26th annual Heart of America Marching Festival sponsored by the University of Kansas Bands and the Northeast District of the Kansas Music Educators Association. The contest date is Saturday, October 21, 2017 and the deadline for entries is Friday, September 22, 2017.
The staff and students at the University of Kansas are committed to making this the most accessible, organized, and enjoyable festival for your group, as well as a useful and rewarding educational experience. We will utilize some of the best adjudicators available from across the nation, giving your group superb feedback and insight into your performance.
For 2017, the Heart of America Festival will once again utilize a single performance format (no finals). However, we will implement a number of changes based on feedback from participating directors in an effort to create greater consistency with other festivals in the region.
Registration and Fee
Directors who wish to participate should email Dr. Matt Smith
by September 22. An online registration form will be sent to participating directors in early fall. In order to accommodate the larger adjudication panel, the entry fee for the 2017 Heart of America Marching Festival will be $400. Invoices will be sent to directors in the fall.
New Classifications and Scheduling
In 2017 the identifier will be changed from “division” to “class.” Bands will be assigned based on total number of winds in the band.
Class 1: 60 winds or fewer
Class 2: 61-90 winds
Class 3: 91-105 winds
Class 4: 106+ winds
Bands may choose to compete in a higher class if desired. We will also consider performance order within divisions based on last year’s results. The specific performance times will be announced after the registration deadline. While we can attempt to honor special scheduling requests due to school activities, we cannot guarantee that they can be accommodated.
New Scoring System
A panel of seven judges will evaluate each band. Directors will have the option of receiving a rating/ranking or comments only. All bands will receive adjudication sheets and recorded comments from the adjudicators.
Music General Effect (2 judges) - 40%
Visual General Effect (1 judge) - 20%
Music Performance Ensemble (1 judge) - 20%
Visual Performance Ensemble (1 judge) - 20%
Auxiliary/Colorguard (one judge for caption award only – not used in the overall score)
Percussion (one judge for caption award only – not used in the overall score)
1st Division Rating – score of 75.0 or higher
2nd Division Rating – score of 50.0 – 74.99
3rd Division Rating – score of 0 – 49.99
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for each class
Outstanding Music (Music General Effect + Music Performance Ensemble)
Outstanding Visual (Visual General Effect + Visual Performance Ensemble)
Outstanding General Effect (Music General Effect + Visual General Effect)
Overall Grand Champion – highest overall score