ATSSB Region 29 Rules
for 2018-2019 School Year
Updated May 20, 2018



A. All student entry fees are the responsibility of the entered student or his/her school. Fees for ATSSB Region 29 HS Region Auditions will be set at $10.00 per student. Fees for ATSSB Region 29 MS Region Auditions will be set at $8.00 per student.  Fees for ATSSB Region 29 Region Jazz Auditions will be set at $20.00 per student. Fees for ATSSB Area Auditions are $40.00.

B. Entries will be completed online at The entry process will be per the entry process directions.

C. Student eligibility rules will be based on current UIL Rules of Eligibility. Any director entering a student must be a current member of ATSSB and TMEA prior to auditions.

D. The head junior high/middle school band director must be a paid member of ATSSB. The high school band directorÕs card cannot be used unless there is no JH/MS director.

E. Entry/audition information will be e-mailed to the membership in a timely manner - no later than 60 days prior to the audition date.

F. Deadline for entries is 14 days prior to the actual audition date or the date posted on the online entry program. No additions to a school's list of students will be accepted without the Region CoordinatorÕs
approval. Checks may be mailed after the deadline but must arrive before the auditions begin.

G. Directors and students are responsible for checking the list of audition material and errata.



A. Auditions will follow the ATSSB audition procedures as listed on the ATSSB website ( and the Region 29 website ( High School audition music will come from the approved ATSSB Prescribed Audition List (PAL). Middle School audition music will come from the list approved by Region 29. The current rotation is as follows:

Middle School 
2018-19 - Set C

High School
2018-19 - Year C


A. Every director from each school district entered must be available to judge, monitor, and or serve in whatever capacity the Region Coordinator requests on the day of auditions. EXCEPTION: A director may find a proxy to judge for them if they are unable to attend either HS or MS auditions.

B. Five judges will be assigned to each audition panel.

C. Scales and etudes may be performed together or separate, determined by the Region Coordinator. Scales should be played exactly as notated (tempo, slurs, rhythm, etc.). Extra credit will not be given for additional octaves, etc. Points will be deducted if students vary tempos and play additional octaves. Students may read scales and etudes from printed music during the audition.

D. Maximum instrumentation is as specified on the "instrumentation" page of the Region 29 website.

E. Judges are prohibited from scoring music that is not the official audition music for that contest.

F. If a MS student forgets to perform a selection from the audition, he/she will be reminded by the chair of the judging panel before he/she leaves the room and may play the missing selection if he/she chooses. HS students will not be reminded is a selection is not performed. A score of 0 will be entered for that portion of the audition.


A. All students should be checked in with monitor before the auditions begin.

B. Students will audition in order by their Audition ID.

C. Students auditioning on a wind instrument will be allowed a one- breath warm-up.

D. Scales should be played exactly as notated (tempo, slurs, rhythm, etc.).

E. A student may audition on more than one instrument if he has paid a fee for each entry, and must agree to take the higher chair of the two results for the region band. EXAMPLE-first chair bari sax must be taken over second chair alto sax. If a student makes the area band on more than one instrument, the student may choose which instrument on which to advance to area. The choice must be made at the conclusion of all the auditions in which the student is a participant. The student must play the instrument in the Region Band that he/she has chosen for Area.

F. Any student who qualifies for Area is guaranteed a seat in the Region Band.

G. There will be NO separate audition for piccolo. If needed, piccolo players will be chosen from the flute section in each band.

H. All students auditioning for the Region 29 HS Region Band must be in the 8th-12th grades and a participating member of their school band program. Only students in grades 9-12 will be certified for Area Band.


A. Students are responsible for attaining the accurate audition material from the ATSSB and Region 29 ATSSB websites.

B. Official order and time line of complaints is: Student notifies monitor; monitor refers to judges; judges refers to Region Coordinator.

C. Students have the right to an anonymous audition.

D. All MS/HS results will not be considered official until thirty minutes after ALL auditions and tabulations have been completed.

E. A listing of the ranking should be made available to all directors involved. This process may take place at the end of the auditions or by email.

F. There will be 2 HS All-Region Bands and 2 MS All-Region Bands.  There will be a minimum of 1 HS All-Region Jazz Band (a second jazz band may be added if entries allow).

G. If an auditioning student leaves out part of the tryout, the judge panel chairperson will remind the student of the omitted selection as he/she detects it. This is for MS auditions only. HS students will not be reminded.

H. If a HS student is selected to Area on two instruments, they may pick either instrument. However, this choice must be made when all of their auditions have been tabulated and before the audition results are final. This will also be the instrument that the student will play at the clinic/concert.

I. All students auditioning for the Region 29 HS Region Band must be in the 8th-12th grades. All students auditioning for the Region 29 MS Region Band must be in the 6th, 7th or 8th grades.

J. ATSSB is not liable or responsible for a student's equipment not functioning or responding properly.

K. If a studentÕs instrument malfunctions during the scale part of the audition, they may ask the monitor to exit the room with them and explain the problem. The student will have until the room is completed to return and complete the rest of the audition. Once a student plays the first note of the first etude, the audition must be completed before the student is allowed to leave the room.

L. A meal will be provided to the directors at the HS and MS auditions, paid for by the region.



A. The only excused absence from a Friday night rehearsal would be a student participating in a school-sponsored event.

B. Any HS student not able to attend the clinic for any reason should
be reported by the director to the Region Coordinator (MS coordinator for
middle school students) as soon as possible, so that alternates may be contacted.

C. All schools represented must have a director and/or a sponsor in attendance on both Friday and Saturday of the clinic and concert. If you must send a sponsor who is not a band director form the region, please notify the Region Coordinator prior to the event.


ClinicianÕs fees are $500 for each HS and $450 for each MS clinicians.
The host of any ATSSB Region 29 event will receive a $100 Honorarium + any expenses from the event.

Region Band Organizers will receive a $50.00 honorarium.

Region Band Percussion Organizers will receive a $75 honorarium.

Region Coordinator honorarium is $150

Region MS Coordinator honorarium is $150 
Jazz Coordinator honorarium is $150

Web Master Honorarium is $150