74th Annual Townsville Eisteddfod
Band/Orchestra
03 Sep 2024 to 09 Sep 2024
(To be confirmed after receipt of Entries and Programming has been finalised)
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2024 INSTRUMENTAL RULES & CONDITIONS 

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ADJUDICATOR: Warwick Tyrell, Brisbane

DIGITAL PIANO ADJUDICATOR: Mirek Galezynski, Yamaha

  1. DEFINITIONS OF BANDS
  • Concert Band 13 to 80 performers: A balanced ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Acoustic string/electric bass, as per score, optional. No piano or keyboard.
  • Symphony Orchestra 13 to 80 performers: a full string section plus a proportional number of woodwinds, brass & percussion instruments.
  • String Orchestra 13 to 80 performers: An ensemble of stringed instruments. No piano or percussion.
  • Stage Band13 to 30 performers: Saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.

          The rhythm section may include any keyboard, an electric or an acoustic guitar, an electric or an acoustic bass and a drum kit.

  • Band/Orchestra Classification
  1. Primary Band: Level 1.5 & above repertoire.
  2. Beginner Band/ Beginner String Orchestra: Level 1 & under repertoire. Piano accompanist optional.
  3. A Grade: Level 3 & above repertoire.
  4. B Grade: Level 2.5 & under repertoire.
  5. Level must be noted on Adjudicator’s copy.
  1. DEFINITION OF ENSEMBLES
  1. 6 to 12 performers
  2. Percussion Ensemble:combination of tuned and untuned percussion instruments only. No piano or keyboard.
  3. Mixed Ensemble: combination of any instruments. Percussion & piano, as per score, optional - must be played by a member of the ensemble.
  4. Guitar Ensemble: Acoustic guitars only plus optional bass guitar.
  5. No backing track or accompaniment.
  6. Conductor optional.
  1. ENSEMBLES, BANDS, ORCHESTRAS
  1. No member of one Ensemble will be permitted to perform with another Group or Ensemble in the same Section unless playing a different instrument.
  2. Any Group or Ensemble entered as a School Group or Ensemble shall consist solely of current bonafide students of the class/school named.
  3. No music stand banners allowed.
  1. DIGITAL PIANO

       A Yamaha Clavinova will be supplied by the Keyboard Shop for the use of all competitors.

       Familiarisation and practice times prior to the Eisteddfod can be arranged with The Keyboard Shop. Usage of various features on the Clavinova is encouraged to enhance the                  performance.

        A piece cannot be played if also performed in any other Piano section.

       Copies of music scores are not required for any Digital Piano Sections but Chairperson Forms x 2 must be submitted (1 for Adjudicator).

  1. DUO/TRIO/QUARTET/QUINTET
  1. A competitor may compete TWICE in a section if playing a different instrument in each.
  2. No conductor.
  1. ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT SOLO: Any instrument other than Bowed Strings, Brass, Piano or Woodwind.

    A looper pedal (own amp) is allowed for an electric guitar with a 2 minute time limit to create layers.

  1. OWN CHOICE

      All Instrumental sections are Own Choice.

  1. CLASSICAL REPERTOIRE:

       A serious composition with artistic merit excluding jazz or popular idiom. Music from any century is acceptable.

  1. ACCOMPANIMENT

       Piano accompaniment or Piano only MP3 Backing Track may be used for Solo sections.

       No backing track allowed for Championship.

      J S Bach Any Instrument Solo: Unaccompanied with the exception of piano accompaniment for Sonatas.

  1. STAGE PLAN for Ensembles, Bands & Orchestras

         A completed stage plan (from last pages of Entry Book) must be submitted.

         Percussion will be pre-set, as shown on Stage Plan, & not moved, even if not using, for 18 & Under Bands & Symphony Orchestras.

  1. INSTRUMENTS PROVIDED FOR ENSEMBLES, BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS

       To avoid backstage congestion, and limit set-up time for bands, the following will be available at the Theatre. All Groups are requested not to bring these instruments:

        4 pedal timpani                       1 snare drum and stand          1 orchestral bass drum

        1 pair orchestral crash cymbals                       1 bass drum (small size for primary school Groups)    

        1 suspended cymbal   1 glockenspiel and stand        1 drum kit         1 xylophone   1 marimba

        1 vibraphone

        Stage Band: 1 electric piano /keyboard and 1 rhythm and 1 bass amp

        Guitar Ensemble:  I bass amp (if needed)

  1. PIANO SECTIONS

       An upright piano will be provided for all age Solo Sections.

       A Grand Piano will be provided for the JS Bach Solo and the Instrumental Championship only.

INSTRUMENTAL AWARDS

INSTRUMENTAL BURSARY & PIANO BURSARY

Any Townsville competitor age 15 to 18 who, in the opinion of the Adjudicator, shows the most potential. Must have competed in the relevant Championship.

AWARDS:

  • Most outstanding Instrumental Item
  • Most outstanding Band or Orchestra
  • Most promising Pianist age 13 to 18
  • Most promising Pianist age 12 & u
  • Most promising String student age 13 to 18
  • Most promising String student age 12 & u
  • Most promising Brass student
  • Most promising Woodwind student age 12 & u
  • Most promising Woodwind student age 13 to 18
  • Young Accompanist Encouragement age 25 & u
    ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 3/06/2024 11:59:00 PM (AEST)
    Age 18 & Under
    159 Concert Band A Grade Group     Age 18 & Under

    Time Limit: 05:00

    Min 13 max 80 members; Level 3 & above repertoire. No piano.

    The Stan Newman Trophy donated by FOTT

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    160 Concert Band B Grade Group     Age 18 & Under

    Time Limit: 05:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Level 2.5 & under Repertoire; No Piano

    Donated by the Vasilescu Family

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    Year 6 & Under
    161 Concert Band Group     Year 6 & Under

    Time Limit: 04:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Level 1.5 & above repertoire. No piano

    Donated by Adrian & Janine Gabrielli

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    162 Beginner Concert Band Group     Year 6 & Under

    Time Limit: 03:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Level 1 or under repertoire. Piano accompanist optional.

    Donated by Arties Music

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    Age 18 & Under
    163 Stage Band Group     Age 18 & Under

    Time Limit: 05:00

    Min 13 Max 30 members; vocalist optional

    Donated by Calvary Christian College

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    164 String Orchestra A Grade Group     Age 18 & Under

    Time Limit: 05:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Level 3 & over repertoire; no piano

    Donated by McDonald Leong Lawyers

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    165 String Orchestra B Grade Group     Age 18 & Under

    Time Limit: 05:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Level 2.5 & under repertoire; no piano

    Donated by Arties Music

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    Year 6 & Under
    166 String Orchestra Group     Year 6 & Under

    Time Limit: 04:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Level 1.5 & above repertoire; no piano

    Donated by Townsville & District State Schools Music Council

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    167 Beginner String Orchestra Group     Year 6 & Under

    Time Limit: 03:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members; Piano accompanist optional. Level 1 & under repertoire.

    Donated by Stephen de Jersey, Architect

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC          
    Age 18 & Under
    168 Symphony Orchestra Group     Age 18 & Under

    Time Limit: 05:00

    Min 13 Max 80 members

    The John Fulton Trophy

    Entry: $15.001st Trophy          2nd Trophy          3rd Trophy          HC