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UPDATED Info for Chippewa Valley Invitational, Sat Oct 5

Stevenson will be performing at 6:30 PM for the Chippewa Valley Invitational on Saturday, October 5th. Call time is noon at SHS (as always, students should report 15 minutes early).

Linked below is an UPDATED timeline for that day, along with many other details that you'll need to know.

Four buses will run both ways for this event. Parents attending the event may drive their student(s) home - provide a note to the bus chaperone upon boarding. All students are required to ride the bus TO the event.

All attendees, even field crew / chaperones, must pay the $6 admission fee.

2019 Chippewa Valley Invitational Information

Q: What is a Marching Band Invitational?

A: Typically a regional event that is 100% dedicated to the full Marching Band shows presented by a number of schools. Groups vary in size and at the levels they compete in


Q: What are these levels?

A: There are primarily 4 different competition levels that High School Marching Bands opt to participate in. The highest level of competition are bands that are involved in the Michigan Competing Bands Association (MCBA). These bands typically rehearse 2-3 times per week as a full ensemble, with sectionals on top of that - then spend one day nearly every weekend at various judged competitions, including this one. The culmination for MCBA bands is their championship at Ford Field each November. Some MCBA bands opt to continue their seasons to see how they measure up to bands from across the country at the Bands of America competition in Indianapolis. The next level are bands that regularly participate in judged events like this (which is part of the Scholastic Marching Band Circuit), followed at the next level by bands that opt for only one judged activity each year, MSBOA Marching Band Festival. Finally there are also Marching Bands that opt to only perform at their own school events, such as football games. Every band director has his or her own goals for their own groups.


Q: This event is judged?

A: Yes, the band will be given a score. Scholastic Marching Band contests use a 4 judge scoring system:
- 2 scores for music: totaling 60 points (30 music performance/30 music effect)
- 2 scores for visual: totaling 40 points (20 visual performance/20 visual effect)

There are captions for Auxiliary and Percussion, 20 points each. Their score is not counted in the overall scoring but used for caption awards


Q: Is the judging different than MSBOA Marching Festival?

A: Yes! MSBOA judges in three categories: Music, Visual, and General Effect


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