NORTH AMERICAN BRASS BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021

The NABBA Board is pleased to report that planning efforts remain ongoing for a modified 2021 Championship contest.  For more information, please click on the topics below.

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  • Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Band performance times by Section, from 8:00 a.m. until evening.
  • Awards presentation Saturday evening following final band performance.

  • Adult Band Sections: Championship, First, Second, Third, Open
  • Youth Band Sections: Youth Championship, Youth First, Youth Open
  • NO REQUIRED TEST PIECE - All own-choice program
    • Maximum stage performance time limit TBA
    • Bands choose their section based on their own criteria (repertoire difficulty, past performance, etc.)
  • AWARDS
    • Overall Section Placement: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards, based on total point score
    • *NEW for 2021* Caption Awards for each Section:
      • Best Performance of a Hymn Tune / Slow Melody work
      • Best Performance of a March
      • Best Performance of a Solo Feature work
      • Best Performance of a “Heritage” Test Piece (published 1960 or earlier)
    • Three Adjudicators per Section
      • New NABBA-developed, criteria-based Adjudication Rubric
  • NO SOLO / ENSEMBLE CONTEST for 2021

  • Contest Registration: $800 per band
  • Each competing band must be an enrolled Member Band of NABBA.
  • Each player in a competing band must be an enrolled Individual Member of NABBA.

  • NABBA understands that many bands are not yet rehearsing or performing, while many other bands have created ways to resume playing together in relative safety.
  • While many high profile music performance events have already been cancelled, NABBA has the flexibility to be able to continue planning for the 2021 contest, while still monitoring local conditions and cancelling later if necessary.
  • NABBA understands how much our individual members and member bands value the process of preparing for the annual contest and the experience of challenging themselves on the international stage. Several bands have already expressed their desire and interest in competing this year.
  • We respect the decision of each individual and each band concerning whether to enroll in NABBC 2021. Each situation is unique; no one solution suits everyone.
    • For those who do not feel comfortable participating at NABBC 2021 we hope you will view the contest on BrassPass.co.uk. You are all part of the NABBA family.
    • For those who are comfortable participating, we look forward to welcoming you to Fort Wayne.

  • With uncertainty regarding local conditions during the pandemic, both in bands’ home communities and at our host city of Fort Wayne, NABBA chose a later contest registration window to benefit bands in two ways:
    • Bands would have more time to evaluate local conditions at home (to determine if rehearsing would be possible) and in Fort Wayne (to decide whether to travel), moving a final decision later (closer to the contest date).
    • With an open choice program format, bands could reasonably begin preparations later while still selecting challenging repertoire that would lead to a successful experience.

  • NABBA will design contest operations that contain embedded safety protocols.
    • These will adhere to all federal, state, and local health guidelines applicable at the time of the contest.
    • In addition, our safety plan will adopt all recommendations of the most up-to-date research (Colorado study and others) concerning safety for performing ensembles.
    • If held today, our contest would require:
      • 6-foot social distancing between players on stage
      • Mouthpiece masks and bell covers for Brass
      • Standard masks for Percussionists and Conductors
      • Stage cleared for air-exchange interval between bands
      • One-way traffic flow through venues to minimize contact
    • Safety guidelines are likely to be updated between now and the contest. As they do, NABBA will revise its procedures in accordance with the latest knowledge.

  • NABBA will revise its rule book to reflect the modified format of the contest. Expect a release of the revised rules in coming weeks.
  • NABBA will hold a series of live “town hall” style events at which members may ask questions of NABBA board members concerning contest details.
    • These sessions will be recorded and available for viewing if interested members are not able to attend live. Questions may be submitted in advance, or in the chat feed during the live event.
      • Town Hall #1 - Focus: HEALTH & SAFETY
        • Tuesday, November 17, 8:00 pm EST
      • Town Hall #2 - Focus: CONTEST FORMAT
        • Thursday, November 19, 9:00 pm EST
      • Town Hall #3 - Focus: MEMBERSHIP & REGISTRATION
        • Tuesday, December 1, 8:00 pm EST
      • Information about how to attend the town halls will be found here when available.
      • Interested bands should begin canvassing their membership to determine interest in participating. NABBA recommends that bands investigate travel options which would provide flexibility in the event of a cancellation.

NABBA will hold a series of live “town hall” style events at which members may ask questions of NABBA board members concerning contest details. These sessions will be recorded and available for viewing if interested members are not able to attend live. Questions may be submitted in advance, or in the chat feed during the live event.

Please send questions to granados@nabba.org ahead of time to be answered at the town hall sessions.

Town Hall #1
Focus: HEALTH & SAFETY
Tuesday, November 17
8:00 pm EST
Meeting Video

Town Hall #2
Focus: CONTEST FORMAT
Thursday, November 19
9:00 pm EST
Meeting Video

Town Hall #3
Focus: MEMBERSHIP & REGISTRATION
Tuesday, December 1
8:00 pm EST
Meeting Link