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Propositions of competition

1. The goal of the festival

The aim of the festival is to popularize wind music, brass bands and bands through the competition, and on this basis to permanently raise the quality of bands and bands not only in Croatia and the Central European region, but also in Europe as a whole.

2. The right to perform at the festival

All wind orchestras from the Central European region and other parts of Europe and the world, who meet the international wind criteria, have the right to participate in the competition. Competition provisions are mandatory and valid for all orchestras and bands participating in the festival.
It is not allowed to change orchestra members during the competition. The organizer allows professional musicians to participate in each orchestra, provided that they are also members of the orchestra. The orchestra can include a maximum of three auxiliary performers - amateurs to perform at the festival in case they are needed in the performance of compositions. Along with the registration form for the festival, the orchestra must attach a list of all its performers (amateurs, professionals and auxiliary performers). The organizer reserves the right to check the veracity of this information if necessary.

3. Festival program

Competitive part:

Orchestras and bands can freely choose in which weight category they will perform at the festival. Youth orchestras and bands, if they think they are of good quality, can compete and in a higher degree of difficulty.
The competition of wind orchestras and bands is held in 5 categories by degree of difficulty.

In all five categories, all orchestras and bands perform three different compositions:

1.) Introductory composition
2.) Compulsory composition
3.) Composition of your choice

The order of performance of the compulsory and optional pieces is not fixed, but the jury must be duly announced before the performance. The opening composition is not graded and that composition must be of high artistic value. The choice of compulsory music determines which category the orchestra will belong to. The chosen composition must have the same or higher degree of difficulty compared to the compulsory music. Compulsory composition must be at a higher musical level. Instrumental or vocal solo compositions are not allowed.
In all mentioned categories, the duration of the performance must not be longer than 30 minutes. Orchestras perform in 40-minute intervals. Each orchestra and band is obliged to send four copies of the original composition of their choice to the president of the jury within the stipulated time.

Compulsory compositions for wind orchestras by level of difficulty (seniors)

A) - Level of difficulty 5 - David Maslanka - The seeker – maslanka press.com
B) - Level of difficulty 4 - Franco Cesarini - Images of a City - Mitropa Music
C) -Difficulty level 3 - Jacob de Haan - Ministry of Winds - De Haske Music
D) - Difficulty level 2.5 - Matteo Firmi - Slovenian Dances

Composition by degree of difficulty for youth
E) - Difficulty level 1.5 / 2 – Flex Band - Williams Owen - Carpathia - Fjh Music press.

Compulsory compositions for Bras Bands - by degree of difficulty
A ) Level of difficulty -5-6 - Johan de Meij - Extreme Make-Over - Amstel Music 
B) Degree of difficulty - 4-5 - Jan de Haan - The patriots - De Haske Music 
C) Degree of difficulty - 3-4 - Oliver Waespi - Theme and Variations - Beriato Music
D) Degree of difficulty -2-3 - Jacob de Haan - Bliss - De Haske Music 
E) Difficulty level 1.5 / 2 - Ennio Salvere - A social Suite - Molenaar edition 

 5. Evaluation criteria

The evaluation of the performed compositions will follow the criteria listed below:
1. General impression of the orchestra
2. Tonal quality of performance
3. Articulation
4. Performance technique
5. Rhythm and metric
6. Performance dynamics
7. Pace of performance
8. Sound equalization of the orchestra
9. Musical expression
10. Interpretation and style

Each member of the jury gives a maximum of 10 points according to the criteria listed below: 10 excellent"
9 very good"
8 good"
7 satisfactory"
6 does not satisfy"

Each member of the jury can award a maximum of 100 points. Compulsory and optional composition are evaluated separately, so a total of 600 points can be won. The sum of all individually awarded points from the four members of the jury will be divided by six, so the total number of points for each orchestra will be obtained.

6. Jury

The jury is of an international character and is appointed by the festival organizer. All competitors are judged by a jury consisting of three to five members, depending on the number of orchestras and bands in the competition. The judging and final decisions of the jury are indisputable and final, and the contestants have no right to appeal.

7. Announcement of competition results and awarding of recognition

At the final ceremony, each orchestra and band will be officially announced the place won and the total number of points won. At the same time, orchestras and bands will be awarded the following (points):

90.1 – 100 points: "achieved excellent success by participating"
80.1 – 90 points: "achieved very good success by participating"
70.1 – 80 points: "achieved good success by participating"
60.1 – 70 points: "successfully participated"

The following awards are given to the first three orchestras in all five categories:

1st place: Gold award 2nd place: Silver award 3rd place: Bronze award.

In addition, in each category, a special prize is awarded for the best interpretation of the compulsory composition and for the best conductor of the competition. After the announcement of the results, the conductors of the orchestra conduct a professional interview with the president and members of the jury.

8. Registration

At the orchestra's request, the organizer sends an application form with which the orchestra reserves a place at the competition. Wind orchestras and bands send a completed and signed application form to the festival organizer. After receiving the application form, orchestras and bands must send it to the organizer the following information 1. Title and name of the composer of the introductory, obligatory and optional composition 2. Sheet music of your choice (4 pieces for each member of the jury 3. Current photograph of the orchestra 4. A short description of the orchestra, the most important information about the orchestra no longer than five sentences 5. A written list of all musicians in the orchestra according to point 2 of the proposition and the exact number of participants orchestra (with accompanying persons who do not participate in the competition itself) due to reservations a rooms in a hotel.

9. General provisions

In case of some unforeseen circumstances, the organizer has the right to change the schedule of the program and the location of the program. The organizer reserves the right to all audio and video recordings from the festival. It is not responsible for possible theft or damage to instruments, clothing and other valuables and reserves the right to remove from the festival any orchestra that does not adhere to the prescribed rules and competition regulations. All participants receive a program booklet of the festival as a souvenir.