Festival of Champions – University of Central Missouri

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Festival of Champions - University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO

With so many band programs needing to cancel their involvement due to budget and travel issues, UCM Bands will be offering a virtual experience FREE OF CHARGE.

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UCM Virtual Festival of Champions info

Link to performance videos at UCM Bands You Tube Channel

UCM’s Virtual-Festival of Champions will be a free event for all directors and their students. The event will provide both a competitive and non-competitive circuit for field shows, indoor percussion, and/or indoor guard.

How does my band participate?
Once a director is registered for the event, a link to upload a video for each event they wish to have adjudicated will be provided. The video may be taken with a simple smartphone or advanced-level video equipment of your choice and can be recorded from your rehearsal tower or from a Friday evening performance in your home stadium. If you have access to the Goodyear blimp, that would be cool as well!

Videos will be due in early October, with the awards ceremony slated for Saturday, October 17 (our original festival date).

Competitive & non-competitive captions
We understand that the submission of videos may create an unfair inequality between groups, therefore we are giving directors an opportunity to select either a competitive or non-competitive circuit for adjudication. A director can enter their group as competitive or non-competitive for a field show performance, indoor percussion performance, and/or indoor guard performance. Not all groups from the same school need to be the same circuit for each group. For instance:

- ABC High School is entering its field show performance and separate indoor guard performance as competitive for both;
- XYZ High School is entering their field show performance as non-competitive but their indoor guard and indoor percussion performances will enter as competitive.

All performances will be adjudicated by a panel of adjudicators from around the country. This panel will provide feedback and a score, much like our live event. All assessments/comments will be forwarded to the director at the conclusion of the event.

Awards show & something special for your seniors
An awards show will be live-streamed with the link made available to the director to disseminate to their students and families.
For those bands/performances that select to participate in the non-competitive circuit, we will present the ratings during the awards show. For those participating in the competitive circuit, a ranking will be announced at the end of our live-streamed show, much like the Finals competition during our live event.

We anticipate this live-streamed production to be around 45 minutes in length and be similar to the NFL Draft show highlighting:

- A special recognition of all band seniors in the participating bands;
- A top-10 best moments set of clips;
- A pre-recorded performance by the UCM Marching Band and possibly Marching Percussion;
Presentation of awards.

In addition, the directors will receive:
- A copy of the live-stream video awards show, which they can forward to their students;
- Feedback from the adjudicators;
- Competitive-circuit awards sent via USPS;
- A special participation award for all bands.

When you submit your video(s) for adjudication, you will also have the ability to submit a special tribute for your band seniors! We request that you either submit one group photo (with names to be credited on screen) or individual photos with accompanying names. While this is an optional request, we hope that providing this gives those students and their family a small chance to smile during these trying times.

We have all been through enough turmoil this year and know that many of you and your school district are facing unprecedented budget cuts because of the pandemic. With so many high school seniors losing what may be their final opportunity to have a meaningful marching band experience, UCM will bear the entire cost of this event. Your cost to participate is $0.

How can you run an event and be upside down with costs vs. income?
Quite frankly, we cannot. We are seeking corporate sponsorships to assist us with the costs involved. We use the annual Festival of Champions to raise money for our scholarship fund and are hoping that we can raise funds to continue supplying our students with that form of financial aid.

My staff and I are seeing a large number of directors posting on social media about their disappointment of the situation (due to meaningful events being cancelled, thus cancelling their students’ experiences in those areas). We felt it was our responsibility to offer the best possible experience to you and your students so we have something to work towards, versus have all external experiences taken away. It is our honor to provide you with this alternative experience.

How do we register?
Directors must register for the event by scanning the QR code in the attached flyer or by clicking this link: https://forms.gle/dcaGymFtfphqHuwn7

Because of the workload expected to make this a high-quality event for you and your students, we anticipate limiting registration to the first 50 responses.

I hope you and your students will join us for this special event. The Band Staff at UCM looks forward to serving you, your students, and our profession during this pandemic and beyond. Best of luck to you and please be safe.

Participating Bands

Anamosa High School
Arkansas City High School
Battle High School
Beal City High School
Bedford Community School
Bellevue Community School
Bolivar High School
Braymer C4 High School
Buhler High School
Butler High School
Calhoun R-VIII
California High School
Capital City High School
Centennial High School
Centralia High School
Chillicothe High School
Clay Center Community School
Clever High School
Clinton High School
Cochranton High School
Cole Camp High School
Concordia R2 High School
Crest Ridge High School
Dreher High School
DuBois Area High School
Elkhorn High School
Elkhorn North High School
Elkhorn South High School
Fair Grove High School
Farmington High School
Fort Osage High School
Fort Zumwalt South High School
Fort Zumwalt West High School
Gallatin High School
Garden City High School
Grandview High School
Grandview R2 High School
Helias Catholic High School
Hermann High School
Hollister High School
Jefferson City High School
Kalida High School
Kearney High School
Knob Noster High School
Lafayette High School (St Joseph)
Lawson High School
Lee's Summit High School
Leeton High School
Lewis Central High School
Lindbergh High School
Lone Jack High School
Marshfield High School
Maryville High School
Maysville High School
Metuchen High School
Mid-Buchanan R-5 High School
Morgan County R-II High School
Neosho High School
New Madrid County Central High School
Nixa High School
Norborne R-8 School District
Normal High School
North Kansas City High School
Oak Grove High School
Olathe Northwest High School
Orchard Farm High School
Ozark High School
Palisades High School
Park Hill High School
Park Hill South High School
Pella Christian High School
Pleasant Hill High School
Poplar Bluff High School
Potosi High School
Raytown South High School
Republic High School
Rich Hill High School
Rock Bridge High School
Russellville High School
Scotland County High School
Seneca High School
Smithton High School
South Callaway High School
Spokane R-VII School District
St Charles West High School
St. Edward High School
Strafford High School
Sullivan High School
Timberland High School
Tipton High School
Trenton R-IX
Van Horn High School
Warrensburg High School
Warsaw High School
Wentzville Liberty High School
Westminster Christian Academy
Willow Springs High School
Windsor High School
Winnetonka High School
Worth County High School


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