Festival of Champions
September 22, 2018
Awards: Prelim Awards: Best in Class (1st, 2nd ,3rd,4th in each class),
Overall Percussion, and Overall Guard awards will be based on preliminary performances.
Final Awards: Best Visual Performance, Best Music Performance, Best GE, Best Woodwinds, Best Brass will be based on finals performances.
KET Releases--TV Information
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Complimentary Passes/Staff Badges/# of vehicles/Arrival times
Coming Soon (See Complimentary Passes formula later in this Blog)
File Sharing (Judges audio and Video)
I will send a link to you for your dropbox folder for judges tapes and video. It is ideal to download (or have a staff member or kid) the app to a mobile device (www.dropbox.com). This link will work with out the app using any browser. If you experience any problems getting files, let us know. Your judges recordings should be available 30 minutes after your performance.
VIDEO: We will post video shortly after performances. Videos might not download very quickly (BIG files).
Last year videos posted within 2 hours of performances.
Wireless Logon information & Directors Hang Out Zone:
The MSU wireless network doesn’t work in the parking anymore. I suggest when you arrive for the TV interview in the Racer Room to logon there. The network is MSU Guest. It has some simple instructions when you try to logon. The link for new users is at the bottom of the page. We will have a few chairs and some water in the new lobby outside the racer room. Please don’t bring your entire staff, if you have a big staff. After the interviews, this might a good place to unwind, download, and escape from the kids. This area is for you and your certified teaching staff (KMEA members) .
Murray has a good 4G network and you probably will be able to download most files using your data network through your phone’s provider.
Basketball is practicing in the arena. they have been very gracious and allowed us to use the arena for changing. What I have promised them is they won’t see or HEAR US. Students must be quiet in the arena, and arena rest rooms while changing. If there is a problem all changing will be moved to the stadium bathrooms.
Dressing facilities (bathrooms) will be available in CFSB on the Upper concourse level from 10:30am-9:30pm. Students are not allowed to hang out in CFSB. Please supervise your students while in CFSB) This is not a meeting or rehearsal space. Do not cross the barricades, use only the designated changing area. Additional changing areas are available in the stadium concourse 10:00am-10:00pm
Warm-up (The same as last year)
You will get a 15 set-up stretch time and 30 minutes of music warm-up (See the maps and new schedule). “The hill” sidewalk will be very busy (HEAVY TRAFFIC ZONE). Please give right away to bands coming down the hill going to perform. When entering/exiting the warm-up fields..please give right of way to bands exiting the warm -up areas.
A few guidelines for warm-up areas:
Warm-up A & B Face brass face west
Warm-up C & D Face brass face north (Towards Lowes)
During 15 minute stretch--No Playing-- No Glock Blocks --etc
The last note of warm up must @ on time
The group next near you will start be set-up and start playing @ exactly on time
There will be no time keeper-stay on time
Murray State Guides will help you to your area
Electric power at field level:
Power will be available at the 50 yd line--we will have a chord that will reach the pit area for you!
We are making plans to telecast Festival of Champions on KET and PBS.
We are early in the planning stages, but here are a few basic details:
. 1.All Bands performances will be included in the telecast. The higher you place in competition, more of your show will be included.
. 2.No additional copyright and permissions are required. PBS has special copyright exemptions.
. 3.Each Band’s Director and Drum Majors will do a short interview in the Racer Room. (times listed in schedule)
. 4.We plan to air state-wide and nationally.
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We are taking everyone to finals
Start Finals at 6:00 ( do a top 5 draw——-bottom 4 finals draw)
The most convenient parking for spectators is behind Regional Special Events Center (CFSB Center). The CSFB lots are traditionally full by 1pm. Suggest to your fans parking near Cracker Barrel or the MSU lots south and west of the stadium. There is additional spectator parking near Cracker Barrel and the Church of Christl.
Handicap Parking: must enter from the southwest/roundabout area.
If that area fills up(always does) handicap fans can enter through band and park in the handicap spots near the pit entrance. There will golf carts to help these people up to main concourse.
If you are providing food service (grilling etc.) @ the stadium area, we want you to use the grass picnic area (Northeast corner of stadium area). If this creates a problem, call. It would be ideal, if food service vehicles got to the stadium as early as possible. We can pull food service trucks into the grass area. There is a curb, but it is possible to get food vehicles in the grass area. Please have parents cook and serve food in the grass area next to the parking lot. Serving food in the parking lot area creates a safety hazard. We will provide dumpsters in the parking lot area. Thanks for helping keeping the parking lot clean. The band feeding area will be tight. Please be considerate to other bands, the grass area is a common space for all bands to use.
Please let parents and bus drivers know that there is no "hospitality room".
Bus and Equipment Truck Information:
When your band arrives at Murray State, please have all vehicles enter the stadium parking lot from Highway 641 (across from Cracker Barrel). The stadium parking area is divided with equipment trucks/buses on one side, and cars on the other. This can be less than ideal for parents, but it is safer for the students to keep all cars out of the north end of the lot.
Please inform parents they will not be able to park with the buses.
Pit Gate Area:
The north east corner of the stadium/baseball area/pit gate is very congested area. Please refrain from congregating/meeting in this area. Please do not do a group stretch in the parking lot area. This creates several safety and logistical problems.
The Murray State Drum Majors will greet you as your busses enter the parking lot and will give you an information packet, complimentary program, and chaperone/bus driver complimentary tickets as outlined in the KMEA rules. There will be no band guide. If you need a tour of the stadium, the MSU drum majors will take you on a guide tour- via golf cart (a 5 minute tour).
All Directors and weekly teaching staff will get FOC staff badges.
These badges are for staff that teach on a weekly basis.
On arrival, you will also receive 1 complimentary pass (ticket) for each 10 band members + 1 for each bus + 1 Truck Pass (only for one truck).
If you have more than one truck, you will need to use chaperone passes (tickets) for the additional drivers.
Please clarify for your parents who receives these passes.
All others parents/support staff need to purchase tickets.
We will not make staff passes for staff members that are Murray State Students.
Bands will enter the stadium through the north gate and will exit through the south gate (scoreboard).
Pit equipment and large props will enter and exit from the equipment gate at the northeast end of the stadium. You may use as many personnel necessary to get your pit and props on, but all those people must exit the south gate and re-enter the stadium from the spectator entrance with a ticket or pass.
You may store props after prelims in the north side of the stadium.
The NCAA painted hash marks on the field are at 32 steps from the front and back sidelines. We will tape a second set of high school hash marks at 28 steps for you (RED TAPE). We will try to make sure a complete set of hashes is on the field when your band starts it's performance. It is possible the hashes will come up as you march over them. We will do our best to make sure they stay down. If you have any questions give us a call.
Lost and Found will be in the ticket booths or in the press box
No one is allowed in the press box (includes your own video personnel).
MSU food service is helping with concessions. They will take credit cards and have expanded our food options.
Concessions will be available from our two professional music fraternities.
Please inform your students and parents that Band T-shirts and band related items will be for sale in the concession area.
There are facilities for filling large coolers of water @ the North end of stadium near the band entrance.
The stadium will be cleared at the conclusion of prelims, immediately following the announcement of prelim awards.
Drum Majors should report to field @ prelims 3:30, and finals 8:45.
It would be great for all directors to be @ track level during PRELIMS awards, so the finals draw can happen fast.
The stadium will be cleared immediately following the announcement of prelim awards.
There will be a water station on the south end of stadium as you exit your performance.
No confetti, gum, sunflower seeds, food or drink(except water), etc. are allowed on the field.
No heat generating source should touch or reflect on the turf. Small vehicles will be allowed on the track and turf, but we will ask you to make wide turns in the grass areas.
Anything on the field with wheels, must have large/wide tires. Most marching equipment has this type wheel.
All pit vehicles (that go on turf) must be smaller type vehicles (golf carts, 4 wheelers, etc.).
You are liable for repair of any damage to the track or field.
Be sure all wheel locks are off when moving equipment.
All pit vehicles must have a bib underneath the entire under carriage.
MSU & KMEA provide no assistance in moving your equipment.
Comment Sheet and Recap Distribution:
Adjudication forms, composite sheets, and adjudicator evaluation forms will be distributed in the Racer Room after prelims. The packet will also include adjudicator and festival evaluation forms.
The prelim ceremony will be drum majors only. Best in Class (1st, 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 5th in each class),
Overall Percussion, and Overall Guard awards will be based on prelims performances.
The finals award ceremony will be drum majors only. Drum Majors should report to field after Racer Band performs @ finals 8:45.
Best Visual Performance, Best Music Performance, Best GE, Best Woodwinds, Best Brass awards will be based on finals performances.
Tickets at the gate will be available on contest day for the following prices:
Under 12 (MSU Student w/ID)
Prelims $10.00 $5.00
Finals $10.00 $5.00
Combination $15.00 $7.00
(Prelims and finals)
Advance Group Ticket Orders:
The Festival of Champions will offer a special group rate for advance orders of twenty (20) or more combination tickets.
20 or more combination tickets for $12.50 each
20 or more Single Session tickets for $8.00 each
Please contact Trae Blanco to qualify for this reduced rate. We will hold your advance sale tickets at the ticket booth and they may be picked up the day of the event.
We are delighted that you will be joining us and look forward to your arrival on our campus. If you have any questions please feel free to call!
John Fannin Trae Blanco
Assistant Director of Bands Director of Bands and Orchestra
(210-1429(cell) (270)809-6456 (office)
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