Updated August 14, 2016

ATSSB Region 18/26 Rules

Voting by proxy is allowed.  Notify the region coordinator prior to the meeting who your proxy will be.

MS Auditions

1. Auditions will follow the ATSSB Audition procedures as listed on the ATSSB website.  Audition music will come from the region approved list for middle school students for Region 18/26.  The middle school coordinator is responsible for the preparation and distribution of the list.  Entry deadlines are set by TMEA.

2. Students may use their own music in the audition room.

3. There will be no piccolo, e flat clarinet, alto clarinet, contra clarinet or bass trombone at the middle school tryouts.

4. No doubling is allowed at the middle school auditions.

5.  Students will receive ONE patch for performing at the clinic/concert.

6. In case of conflicts with SAT or ACT testing, students may compete at the region tryouts if they are present by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the tryouts. The student must be physically present. Taping, etc. is not allowed. (School sponsored athletic events will also qualify.)  The region coordinator must be notified in advance of all late or early performers.

Exceptions: Will be dealt with at the discretion of the Region Coordinator

7. Five judges should be used for tryouts. An appropriate honorarium of $75.00 will be paid to college or university junior/senior music majors, graduate students or private teachers to judge at the tryouts.  The region coordinator will use discretion in placing five (5) qualified personnel to judge individual instruments.   

8.  Seventh and eighth grade students are eligible to tryout at the middle school tryouts.  Sixth graders cannot compete at ATSSB contests.

9. The head band director of each district participating must be present to judge, and present his or her ATSSB & TMEA membership card at the auditions or thirty days in advance. Their student(s) will NOT be allowed to audition if the head director is not a PAID member of ATSSB & TMEA with a membership number prior to the tryouts.

10. The head junior high band director must be a paid member of ATSSB. The high school band director's card can not be used unless there is no junior high band director.  Directors selected to judge are required to provide their own replacement if substitution is needed for any reason and are responsible for paying the $75 judges stipend if needed.  Students may be denied permission to try out if that student's director does not attend the auditions. No substitutions for judging are allowed unless the region coordinator has been notified.

Exceptions: Will be dealt with at the discretion of the Region Coordinator.

11.  Judges must have their backs to the participants.  At no time should a judge face the students during the audition.  There will be no vocal communication between participant and judge.

12.  The monitor must stand away and OUT OF SIGHT of the participant while the participant is playing.

13.  Tempo must be strictly adhered to. Judges WILL NOT change tempo.

14.  Head judges are responsible for bringing the results to tabulation.  Under no circumstances should scores be shared with students or other directors prior to the posting of results.  State rules regarding electronic devices in the tryout room will be enforced.

15.  The region coordinator must make every effort to mail/email results of contest to all directors within one week.

16.  All ATSSB Region 18/26 events will follow state entry deadline requirements. All entries will be "online" through the TMEA websight.  Late entries will be allowed and accepted until seven days prior to the audition.  (All late charges will apply.)

17. No person will be paid to judge region band auditions if he or she is a full time band director in the region.

18. The region coordinator will specify instructions pertaining to scoring the adjudication forms.

19. Programs should be printed by a dealer or school if at all possible.

20. Students are required to follow a "Student Code of Conduct" for ATSSB events. Directors and/or parents should supervise their students.

21. A valve trombone is NOT acceptable at trombone tryouts.

22. An original of the tryout must be available in each tryout room.  It is the audition host's responsibility to provide original book for each room.

23. Fifty (50%) percent of each etude must be heard.  The chromatic scale and 3 scales will be heard on instruments where scales are part of the tryout material. There is no memorization requirement at any ATSSB audition.

24. The middle school region clinic/concert will be held in November or December.

25.  It is the responsibility of the student to be in the audition room or holding room at the appropriate time. 

26. The warm-up will be the one breath rule. A student may play anything that can be done with one breath. The percussion time limit will be 15 seconds.

27. Only students and directors are allowed in the hallways and audition rooms.  Family members are asked to remain in warm up area.

Middle School Region Band Clinic/Concert

1. There will be two middle school region bands performing in concert.  The top band will be called the Symphonic Band and the second band will be called the Concert Band.  Both bands will be of the same size if at all possible.

2.  Students selected for the ATSSB Region Band will be required to attend ALL rehearsals and the concert. Membership will be forfeited if a selected student fails to attend all of his/her rehearsals. Students may be disqualified by leaving audition sites and rehearsals early. Conflicts with other organizations, personal discomforts, personal schedule conflicts. etc..., will not constitute a reasonable excuse for missing any rehearsals or concert. Friday evenings with a UIL ballgame is approved if the region coordinator is notified IN ADVANCE. Students must attend all-day Saturday and perform in the concert to receive their patch.  The region coordinator must be informed in advance of any absences at rehearsals.  Failure to do so could result in the student being replaced in the band.

Exceptions: Will be dealt with at the discretion of the Region Coordinator

3. If a student is ill and does not attend the rehearsals or the concert, they will not receive a patch.

4. If a student becomes ineligible because of grades, the next student will be called by the region coordinator to move up in the section.

5. Alternate students will be called to replace students not in attendance on Friday evening.  Every effort will be made to make directors aware of replacements as soon as possible.

6. Region band music should be distributed the day of the auditions. (The clinician and band organizer will assist in the selection of the music.)

7. The clinic/concert is free to the public.

8. Each student's director (or a qualified proxy) MUST be in attendance at the rehearsals to assist the clinicians and help supervise their students.

MS Honorariums and Fees
Region Band Clinicians
    Honorarium-$500.00 to $750.00
    Per Diem-$35.00 per day
    Actual hotel cost
    Transportation at the Texas State Mileage rate or reimburse car rental if not transported by a director or parent
Region Band Organizer-$100.00
Region Band Percussion Organizer-$50.00
Tryout Judges-$75.00
Region Contest Site Host-$100.00
MS Coordinator-$400.00

Entry Fee-$10.00 per students ($1.00 is sent to the ATSSB scholarship fund)  There is no school fee.
Late Entry Fee-Additional $10.00 per entry
Changes after Late Entry Deadline-Additional $10.00 entry

 
 

ATSSB High School Region 18/26 Auditions

1. Auditions will follow the ATSSB Audition procedures as listed on the ATSSB website.  Audition music will come from the approved ATSSB list.

2. Students may use their own music in the audition room.

3. F-attachment trombone will be considered bass or tenor trombone.

4.  Doubling (trying out on more than one instrument) is not allowed./

5.  Students will receive ONE patch for performing at the clinic/concert.  Students will be automatically placed in the highest band in which they earned a chair.

6. In case of conflicts with SAT or ACT testing, students may compete at the region tryouts if they are present by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the tryouts. The student must be physically present. Taping, etc. is not allowed. (School sponsored athletic events & playoff games will also qualify.) The region coordinator must be notified in advance of any early or late performers.

Exceptions: Will be dealt with at the discretion of the Region Coordinator

7. Five judges must be used for tryouts. An appropriate honorarium of $75.00 will be paid to college or university junior/senior music majors, graduate students or private teachers to judge at the tryouts.

8. Student(s) will NOT be allowed to audition if the head director is not a PAID member of ATSSB & TMEA with a membership number prior to the tryouts.

9. Directors selected to judge are required to provide their own replacement if substitution is needed for any reason and are responsible for paying the $75 judges stipend if needed.  A student may be denied permission to try out if that student's director does not attend the auditions. The region coordinator must be notified in advance of all substitutions.

Exceptions: Will be dealt with at the discretion of the Region Coordinator.

9. The region coordinator will use discretion in placing five (5) qualified personnel to judge individual instruments.  At no time during the auditions should a judge face the students.  There will be no vocal communication between participant and judge.

11. The monitor must stand away and OUT OF SIGHT of the participant while participant is playing.

12.  Tempo must be strictly adhered to. Judges WILL NOT change tempo.

13. Head judges are responsible for bringing the results to tabulation.  Under no circumstances should scores be shared with students or other directors prior to the posting of results.

14. The region coordinator must make every effort to mail/email results of contest to all directors within one week.

15. All ATSSB Region 18/26 events have deadlines as set by TMEA. All entries will be "online" through the TMEA websight.  Late entries will be allowed and accepted until seven days prior to the audition.  (Late fees will apply).

16. No person will be paid to judge region band auditions if he or she is a full time band director in the region.

17.  Schools are responsible for paying their own fees for students advancing to area.  These fees are paid to the region and the region gives one check to the area coordinator.  Fees must be paid prior to a student competing.

18. Programs should be printed by a dealer or school if at all possible.

19. Students are required to follow a "Student Code of Conduct" for ATSSB events. Directors and or parents should supervise their students.

20. A valve trombone is NOT acceptable at trombone tryouts.

21. An original of the tryout must be available in each tryout room.  It is the audition host's responsibility to provide original book for each room.

22. Twenty five (25%) to Fifty (50%) percent of each etude must be heard.

23.  A chromatic and 3 scales will be heard for instruments in which scales are part of the audition material. There is no memorization requirement at any ATSSB audition.

24. At the high school region level, only one student will be in the room to compete a time. All other students will be quiet in the hall or holding room.

25. The warm-up will be the one breath rule. A student may play anything that can be done with one breath. The percussion time limit will be 15 seconds.

26. Only students and directors are allowed in the hallways and audition rooms.  Family members are asked to remain in warm up area.

 High School Region Band Clinic/Concert

1. There will be two high school region bands performing in concert in January.  The top band will be called the Symphonic Band and the second band will be called the Concert Band.  Students who qualify for area are not guaranteed a position in the region band.

2. Students selected for the ATSSB Region Band will be required to attend ALL rehearsals and the concert. Membership will be forfeited if a selected student fails to attend all of his/her rehearsals. Students may be disqualified by leaving audition sites and rehearsals early. Conflicts with other organizations, personal discomforts, personal schedule conflicts. etc..., will not constitute a reasonable excuse for missing any rehearsals or concert.  Friday evenings with a UIL ballgame is approved if the region coordinator is notified IN ADVANCE. They must attend all-day Saturday and perform in the concert to receive their patch.

Exceptions: Will be dealt with at the discretion of the Region Coordinator

3. If a student is ill and does not attend the rehearsals or the concert, they will not receive a patch.

4. If a student becomes ineligible because of grades, the next student will be called by the region coordinator to move up in the section.

5. Alternate students will be called to replace students not in attendance on Friday evening.  Every effort will be made to make directors aware of replacements as soon as possible.

6. Region band music should be be distributed the day of the auditions. (The clinician and band organizer will assist in the selection of the music.)

7. The clinic/concert is free to the public.

8. Each student's director (or a qualified proxy) MUST be in attendance at the rehearsals to assist the clinicians and help supervise their students. 
 

Jazz Band Rules
1.  Improvisation will be part of recording only.

2.  All entry fees for area must be paid if the student tapes.  Any student not taping must notify the contest office the day of the region contest.  The next person will be given the opportunity to tape on that day.  After the region contest date there will be no alternates to area.

3.  For the Clinic/Concert the region coordinator should be notified of any personnel changes.  The region coordinator will notify the membership and the jazz coordinator of changes.  This is necessary in order to work with vendors and the program coordinator.


High School Honorariums, Fees

Region Band Clinicians
    Honorarium-$500.00 to $750.00
    Per Diem-$35.00 per day
    Actual hotel cost
    Transportation at the Texas State Mileage rate or reimburse car rental if not transported by a director or parent
Region Band Organizer-$100.00
Region Band Percussion Organizer-$50.00
Tryout Judges-$75.00
Region Contest Site Host-$100.00
Region Meeting Host-$50.00
Program Coordinator-$75.00

Entry Fee-$10.00 per students ($1.00 is sent to the ATSSB scholarship fund)  There is no school fee.
Late Entry Fee-Additional $10.00 per entry

Entry Fees for Region Jazz Students-$12.50 per student plus each school must pay a $30.00 school fee
Jazz recording coordinator-$50.00

Region OPS fees will be paid according to the state guidelines.

Region Coordinator -$1000.00