MSBOA District Band and Orchestra Festival
The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District Band and Orchestra Festival is an opportunity for ensembles from MSBOA member schools to perform a program of three pieces for adjudication.
District-level festivals are held throughout the state's 16 districts from mid-February through mid-March. Ann Arbor Public Schools are members of MSBOA District XII.
Each performing ensemble is evaluated by three performance adjudicators and one sight-reading adjudicator. Each performing group is rated on a scale from "1" to "5" with "1" being the highest rating possible. The overall score is computed using a formula which combines the ratings of each judge.
Participating ensembles that earn a rating of "1" or "2" at District or State Festivals receive a certificate and plaque for display at their school and medals for each student.
Location to be announced in September
[The Pioneer Bands and Pioneer Band Association families host the MSBOA District XII Band Festival at Pioneer High School in late February, a day to hear great music, watch sight reading, host a judges/directors' room, and sign up to help with the festival! We provide the space for ten or twelve visiting bands. Our PBA parents staff the concession, selling coffee, water and snacks. Volunteers are needed to work, and to listen to our Pioneer Band Students play! (Middle School-aged siblings can be great workers too, and it is a wonderful experience for them if they plan to be in the Pioneer Bands!)]