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ATSSB OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE SERIES
The ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series is a competition designed to select the most outstanding Class 1C, 2C/3C, 1A/2A, 3A, and 4A concert band programs in the state of Texas each year.

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OPS Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series?

2. What are the OPS procedures?

3. Where can I find OPS Entry instructions?

4. Which Non-UIL Contests are approved for OPS?

5. Where can I find OPS Forms online?

6. How can I purchase OPS Recordings?

7. What is the purpose of the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series?


1. What is the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series?

A competition to recognize annually the most outstanding single performances of Class 1C and 2C/3C middle school bands and Class 1A/2A, 3A, and 4A high school bands in Texas. This program is the property of the Association of Texas Small School Bands and is produced, supported and adjudicated solely by its members.

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2. What are the OPS procedures?

Procedure

Any Class 1C or Class 2C/3C middle school band that feeds a Class 1A/2A, 3A or 4A high school, and any Class 1A/2A, Class 3A, or Class 4A high school band may enter a recording provided the band director of the ensemble entering is a current regular member of ATSSB.

A band may enter one, two, or three of its contest selections. Only UIL-approved selections may be entered. Entries must have been recorded at a UIL contest or at any other approved contest during the period from January 1 until May 20 of the current school year. All non-UIL contests mus be approved by the OPS State Chair and will then be added to the list of approved contests unless removed by the ATSSB State Board of Directors. The current approved contest list can be found on the OPS page of the ATSSB website (www.atssb.org/ops.asp).

Only UIL-approved selections may be entered. If two concert selections are entered, one selection must be from the pertinent grade level or higher. If one concert selection is entered, it must be from the pertinent grade level or nor more than one grade level lower.

An Official Entry Form must be completed and mailed to OPS 2019; 2117 Morse Street; Houston, Texas 77019. The Official Entry Form will include all contact information for the school and director, and whether entering one, two, or three selections, needs to include the title, composer/arranger, and publisher of the selection for each recording to be submitted. The form must be signed by the director as well as the Principal or Superintendent. Verification of UIL approval to perform any number not listed in the current UIL Prescribed Music List must accompany any such entry.

Each selection entered must be uploaded as a separate digital .WAV file to a specified DropBox account to be published on the ATSSB OPS webpage.

A fee of $60.00 per selection is required at the time of entry. Each selection must be entered as prescribed. (A maximum of three entries could be uploaded with a maximum fee of $180.00). Entries will not be certified for adjudication until or unless the entry fee has been received. Conductor's scores will not be used at any level of competition. The judges' decisions will be based only on aesthetic standards.

Designation of which Region shall be in charge of adjudicating another Region's entries and which Area shall be in charge of adjudicating another Area's entries will be published on the ATSSB OPS webpage.

Region Coordinators will be charged with securing a panel (of panels) of FIVE judges to adjudicate the recordings entered from a specified Region. Region Coordinators are encouraged to use only one panel of judges unless there is an exceptionally large number of entries to be adjudicate. The judging panel(s) shall determine which TWO MARCH entries and THREE CONCERT SELECTIONS will advance to the Area level of competition.

Area Coordinators will be charged with securing a panel (of panels) of FIVE judges to adjudicate the recordings entered from a specified Area (set of Regions). Area Coordinators are encouraged to use only one panel of judges unless there is an exceptionally large number of entries to be adjudicate. The judging panel(s) shall determine which TWO MARCH entries and THREE CONCERT SELECTIONS will advance to the State level of competition.

In all adjudications, only current ATSSB members may serve as judges. An exception shall be made if a Region Coordinator has exhausted all attempts to secure ATSSB members as judges, they may use non-ATSSB members as judges provided those non-ATSSB members are active TMEA members.

All OPS judges, regardless of adjudication level, may be given a $75.00 honorarium, which includes all expenses. If more than 35 recordings are entered, each judge may be paid an additional $2.50 per recording adjudicated. All Region and Area Coordinators may be paid a $100.00 honorarium for their OPS services plus $2.50 for each recording adjudicated above 35.

After completion of adjudication, Region and Area Coordinators are to complete a Certification of Advancement Form indicating the final rankings of all entries and which entries will be advancing to the next level of competition. The form must be sent to the OPS State Chair and the ATSSB Executive Secretary. Region and Area Coordinators will not be sending any announcements regarding advancing recordings. These shall only come from the OPS State Chair.

The OPS State Chair shall use the same procedures to secure FIVE member panels of judges for each classification and run the State level of adjudication in conjunction with the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio to select ONE outstanding MARCH and TWO outstanding CONCERT SELECTIONS from each classification to be named the 2019 ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series State Winners.

The State Winners of the MARCH and TWO CONCERT SELECTIONS in each classification will be presented a plaque with a copy of the OPS State Winners CD mounted on it. The runner-up of the MARCH (2nd place) and CONCERT SELECTION (3rd place) in each classification will receive a plaque with a certificate marking the accomplishment. Presentations will be made by the OPS State Chair at the general membership meeting of ATSSB in San Antonio in February of each year.

The OPS State Chair is appointed annually by the President of ATSSB.

The entire process will be overseen by the OPS Steering Committee made up of the elected Class Representatives to the State Board of Directors of ATSSB and presided by the OPS State Chair. The function of the OPS Steering Committee will be to review the process and to recommend changes to the State Board as needed.

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3. Where can I find OPS Entry instructions?

Instructions for Band Directors

4. Which Non-UIL Contests are approved for OPS?

ATSSB APPROVED LIST OF NON-UIL CONTESTS FOR
COMPETITION IN THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE SERIES


ATSSB APPROVED LIST OF NON-UIL CONTESTS FOR
COMPETITION IN THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE SERIES

Note: In order for these festivals to remain on the approved list, no fewer than five bands must perform at the festival and all bands must be recorded with the same recording equipment. A school many not enter a digital file from one of these contests for competition in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series if these guidelines are not followed.

1. Director's Choice Music Festivals
2. Greater Southwest Music Festival (Amarillo)
3. American Classic Music Festivals
4. Smoky Mountain Music Festival (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
5. South Coast Music Festival (Corpus Christi and Galveston )
6. Blinn College Music Festival (Brenham)
7. E.T.C. World Events (Best in Class Championship)
8. UIL Texas Wind Ensemble Contest
9. Beach Within Reach Festival (Haltom City and North Richland Hills )
10. Socorro I.S.D. Concert & Sightreading Contest (Brownwood)
11. Howard Payne University Band Festival (Brownwood)
12. American Buccaneer Classic (American Classics Festivals - Corpus Christi)
13. Sounds of Spring Band Festival (Princeton)
14. Kingsville, Texas, Pre-UIL Band Festival
15. Cavalcade of Music (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
16. Peak Music Festivals (Texas only)
17. Music in the Parks (Arlington)
18. Festival on the Lake (Garland)
19. TPSMEA Concert and Sightreading Contests
20. PEAK Performance Festivals
21. Eagle Band Classic Festival (Allen)
22. Festival of Champions (Panama City Beach, Florida)
23. All Star Music Festival (Orlando, Florida)
24. Soundpost Music Festivals
25. Greenwood Music Festival (Midland)
26. Soundwaves Music Festival (New Braunfels)
27. Pottsboro Pre-UIL Evaluation (Pottsboro)
28. Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational Wind Band Festival
29. Hamilton Invitational Concert Festival
30. TAPPS State Music Competition
31. Texas Lutheran University Band Festival (Seguin)
32. Seasons Music Festivals
33. Dalhart Band Festival
34. UTB Invitation Band Festival (Brownsville, Texas)
35. Texas Music Festivals (Donna)
36. Festival Disney (Orlando, Florida)
37. Houston Symphonic Band Concert & Sightreading Contest
38. Bullard Pre-UIL Contest and Sightreading Festival
39. Rio Grande City CISD Band Festival
40. Zapata Band Festival
41. Tarleton State University Invitational Band Festival
42. Temple College Band Invitational
43. Frenship Recording Festival (Wolfforth)
44. Frenship Concert & Clinic (Wolfforth)
45. Wink Band Festival (Wink)
46. Wagner Noel PAC Pre-UIL Concert Festival (Odessa)
47. Cisco Music Festival
48. Golden Crescent Music Festival (Victoria)
49. La Joya Coyote Band Festival (La Joya)
50. Sundown Pre-UIL Concert Contest (Sundown)
51. Ovation Festivals (any site)
52. Pirateland Music Festival (Lytle)
53. Connally Concert & Sightreading Festival (Waco)
54. Abernathy Band Festival
55. McGregor Pre-UIL Festival
56. Falcon Band Festival (Katy)
57. SHSU Concert Band Festival (Huntsville)

5. Where can I find OPS Forms online?

OPS Forms may be found on the OPS Forms page, located HERE

6. How can I purchase OPS Recordings?

Sets are not available for sale. OPS CDs were sent to each ATSSB-member high school with the September Newsletter each year until now. Beginning with the 2019 competition, the winning audio files will be available online to all members of record from 2018-19 as a PDD (Permanent Digital Download). Any remaining CD sets are given away at the ATSSB table at TBA with only archive copies retained by the OPS Strate Chair and the ATSSB State Office.

7. What is the purpose of the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series?

Purpose

The ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series is a program designed to annually select the most outstanding Class 1C, 2C/3C middle school that feeds an ATSSB-eligible high school, 1A/2A, 3A, and 4A concert band performances in the state of Texas each year. A Permanent Digital Download (PDD) of the winning selections will be made available to all 2018-19 members of ATSSB. It will provide a series of recordings that demonstrate the highest level at which Texas small school bands perform.


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