FESTIVAL GENERAL GUIDELINES
*Each festival is limited to six school big bands.
*Each band will receive 20 minutes time on stage which includes set-up, tuning, performance and exit from stage.
*A warm-up room will be available to each band 20 minutes prior to their scheduled performance time.
*Repertoire should include three contrasting selections or no more than 15 minutes of performance time. It is recommended that one of the selections be a ballad.
*Closer to the event date Directors will be asked to provide program information and their stage set-up.
*Get JazzED, Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest nor the Miller Center for the Arts are responsible for any lost equipment, instruments, music, etc.
*Registration is first-come-first-served.
*Complete registration form may be submitted via postal mail, email or fax. Contact information is below. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt.
*Bands will receive a verbal critique from three judges.
*Awards will be given to outstanding sections, soloists, one overall outstanding soloist and one overall outstanding ensemble.
–Overall outstanding soloists will receive a $250 scholarship from Berks Arts Council which can be used for summer music camp, private lessons or instrument upgrade.
–Overall outstanding ensembles will receive a four hour workshop with internationally acclaimed bassist Gerald Veasley and will be featured (non-competing) at the following year’s festival.
*All ensembles are expected to remain for the awards presentation.
*GetJazzED will provide: a full backline (w/cymbals), amps, monitors, mics, piano, stands, chairs in both rehearsal room and on stage. Vibes will be provided on stage only.
*Bands must bring: mallets, electric keyboard if needed, patch cables for guitar and bass players.
*Secure storage area will be provided.
*It is important that you notify us immediately if you cannot attend the festival so that we can offer your time slot to another band.
*It is understood that participating bands or schools receive no compensation for the use of videos, photographs by Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and Get JazzED.
None required this year. The event is free and open to the public. A freewill donation will be accepted onsite.
GJ FESTIVAL CONTACT INFORMATION
Chair: Millie Eben
Berks Arts phone: 610-898-1903
Postal mail: Berks Arts, Get JazzED Festivals, PO Box 854, Reading PA 19603