Why Waukee? Why not!
Waukee has hosted many major regional and state contests for the Iowa High School Music Association for many years. Time and again, directors from all over the state and adjudicators from all over the mid-west have praised Waukee for outstanding facilities and friendly smiles making the Waukee experience a time to remember for band members all over.
The timing is great!
Some schools will already be at Waukee as we play host to our area’s State Marching Band Festival. For most all schools, this will be the last show of the year. Indeed, for Senior band members, this may be their last competitive show ever. That’s why we want to make the night especially memorable for them by ending the night with our Salute to Seniors Review.
The facilities are terrific!
Whether you stay the day or come after a day at nearby Jordan Creek Mall, the band members enjoy their own dressing facilities and concessions at the Middle School right next to the field. The pit facilities are some of the flattest and easiest to unload on, regardless of the size of your trailer or truck.
The Contest offers something unique! Input from adjudicators unique to the Central Iowa area will not only go toward their own specialty areas, but will also help determine the winner of the Waukee Handicap Trophy; your band’s opportunity to be the ONE winner of the show.
Regardless of the number of bands, we will have a show for you to make your best memory of the year! This year try something new and exciting!
Show Information for the October 14, 2017, Waukee Marching Invitational
The field will be limited to the first 18 bands to enter, as determined by the postmark on the envelope in which the entry is received. Entries are open to bands located in the state of . Bands will be classified in accordance with Iowa High School Music Association rules. All classes are eligible to enter.
Senior Recognition and Review
Recognizing that for many senior students, participation in the Waukee Marching Invitational will mean participation in their last judged competition in High School, we at Waukee want to make this night a special one. At the conclusion of the exhibitions, seniors from all participating bands will be asked to take the field in rank. Seniors will remain on the field as awards are given to Drum Majors and Color Guard Captains.
Trophies will be awarded to each participant in accordance with their finish within and by their class. Additional trophies in each class will be awarded for Best Drum Major(s), Best Drum Line, and Best Color Guard.
The Waukee Handicap Trophy
In addition, your band may or may not choose to participate in the tally for the Waukee Handicap trophy. The Waukee Handicap trophy will be awarded to the best participating band receiving the highest point total based on the following criteria:
Two scores achieved in the 2017 Marching Season will be verified and considered. You may decide which two scores to consider, including a score achieved in State judging earlier that day. All scores will be adjusted on the basis of a 100 point maximum. The two scores will be averaged together and handicap points will be awarded based on 80% of the difference between the averaged score and 90. The handicap points will be combined with the score achieved in the Waukee Marching Invitational. The winner will be the band with the most points.
For instance: A band that decides to participate submits two verifiable scores: 69.3 (100 point base) and 86.4 (120 point base). The two scores average to 70.65 (100 point base). The band’s handicap would be 15.48. Assuming the band achieved a score of 73.2 that night, the bands total for calculating the Handicap winner would be 86.13. There will be one winner and one trophy awarded. Participation is OPTIONAL as indicated on your entry.