Director Info

LOCATION

Union Stadium

12509 N Market

Mead, WA 99201

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SHOW PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION

 

ADMISSION TICKET PRICES - please be prepared to show ID

 

Reserved Seating  (NEW for 2021)

  • Adult tickets are $20

  • Seniors age 65 and above are $17

  • Students and military members with ID are $15

  • Children age 6 and under are $15

 

General Seating

  • Adult tickets are $15

  • Seniors age 65 and above are $12

  • Students and military members with ID are $10

  • Children age 6 and under are free

 

NOTE: For Re-Entry purposes, all spectators will be given a wristband or handstamp.

 

Forms of Payment

  • Tickets can be ordered online in advance.

  • Ticket sales onsite at the ticket window can be purchased by CHECK OR CASH.

    • Order on your phone while waiting in line (if possible)

    • Purchase tickets from our ticket window from our volunteers

 

GATES OPEN

Gates to the parking lot for buses will be open by 8:00 AM. 

Gates to the parking lot for spectators will be open by 9:00 AM. 

Gates open to the stadium for spectators at approximately 10:00 AM.

 

CHECK-IN

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a volunteer or parking attendant that will give you a packet with wristbands and other info as well as direct your buses and vehicles to your designated parking area. They will assist you in any way they can. 

 

BAG CHECKS (New for 2021)

Prior to entry, all bags will be subject to search by CMS (Crowd Management Services).

 

STADIUM ENTRY

All persons entering the stadium will need a wristband (directors, spectators, students performers, staff members, chaperones, etc). Each student performer will be given a wristband.  The number of staff wristbands will be determined by the number of staff listed in program information, up to a maximum of 12. Bands will also receive 1 per 10 students for your chaperones. Additional wristbands can be purchased at the ticket booth at the east end of the stadium OR online in advance of the show. Please ensure that all staff and chaperones receive these wristbands.  Again - All persons entering the stadium will need a wristband. 

 

Note: you may have as many adults help with field entrance and set up as needed.  However, you will be limited in the number of wristbands you receive for “free” entrance into the stadium for viewing. “Pit Crew” should plan on remaining at field level for the duration of the band performance, and if time allows for stadium viewing, they will need to return to the field to help with props and exit with the band.

 

SPECTATOR PARKING

Parking for spectators is free of charge.  Spectator parking will be in the upper south lot behind the press box, the east parking lot next to the ticket box office, the lot across Market street to the east at the Mead Transportation Building, street parking, and an overflow lot to the north of the stadium next to the fire station.  There will be parking attendants and signage to assist with parking locations

 

PERFORMER BUSES and EQUIPMENT VEHICLES

Please use the entrance across from ZIPS.  This will be the lower south across from ZIPS and next to the old Mead MS Gyms. There will be parking attendants and signage to assist with parking locations

 

CONCESSIONS

Concessions will be available on the EAST end of the stadium.  Beverage, snack and other commonly found concessions  items will be available all day; soda, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos.   CLICK HERE for concessions items and prices.

 

GROUP WARM UP

Warm up areas for your group will be located at Creekside Elementary School to the west of the parking lots and stadium.  Many of you will choose to begin warm up, stretching, etc. prior to your designated time.  This can be done in the fields of Creekside Elementary SILENTLY and will be allowed provided it does not infringe on others. Those groups infringing on others will be asked to discontinue the activity.  In general, PLEASE BE COURTEOUS to others and be willing to cease the disruptive activity if asked to do so.  Risk of penalty does exist for violation.

 

PIT AND PROPS ENTRANCE

Your pit and props will enter via the west end breezeway. Please report at the time listed on the schedule.  A field guide will assist you through this process.

 

BAND AND COLOR GUARD ENTRANCE

All performers will enter the field via the west side (side 1) through a breezeway.  Please report to this area at the times listed in the schedule.

 

PIT VEHICLES

If you use a pit vehicle (Gator, golf cart, 4 wheeler, etc) please know these can be used up to, but not on the synthetic field turf.

 

EXIT

All members of your ensemble and field helpers will exit on the same side of the field they entered. (Side 1).

 

PIT AND PROP HELPERS

As mentioned earlier, you will be allowed to have as many field helpers as you need.  However, please understand that there will be a limited number of staff and chaperone/helper passes for admittance into the seating area.

 

PIT STORAGE

Unfortunately, pit equipment storage is very limited.  We are requesting that most your equipment travel back to your equipment vehicle area after your performance.  If necessary, there is an area under the visitor bleachers that could be used.  It is a gravel surface.

 

POWER OUTLETS

Power is available at field level in multiple locations across the front and back sidelines.  Please bring extension cords to reach the power utility cabinet that is located against the concrete wall.

 

TRASH

For your convenience, our volunteers will collect trash after the show. Please leave your bagged trash along the sidewalk adjacent to the gym buildings between the parking lot and the stadium (Old Mead Middle School).

 

GROUP PHOTOS

This show does not offer group photographs.

 

SCORING

All bands will be adjudicated using the following categories:

  • General Effect (40%): General Effect Music and General Effect Visual

  • Music Performance (30%): Music Ensemble, Music Individual, Percussion

  • Visual Performance(30%): Visual Ensemble, Visual Individual, Auxiliary (Color Guard)

 

PRELIMS SCHEDULE

Order of performance for preliminary round has been decided by the following factors.

  • Bands will be grouped and perform within the assigned division.

    • Division determination - Placement of bands within a division will be determined based on number of performing members.

  • Selection for performance order within divisions will be drawn at random by show coordinators. (For 2021, there was an attempt to place bands with a significant distance of travel later within the divisions).

PRELIMINARY CAPTION AND PLACEMENT AWARDS

The following caption and placement awards will be presented for highest score in each division of the preliminary round –

  • Caption Awards - 

    • General Effect (GE Music + GE Visual)

    • Music Performance (Mus Ensemble + Individual)

    • Visual Performance  (Visual Ensemble + Individual)

    • Color Guard Performance

    • Percussion Performance

  • Division Awards - placement for overall score within division – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

 

PRELIMS RETREAT

Prelims awards and finals schedule will be announced at the drum major only retreat.  See the schedule for drum major report times.

 

FINALS INFORMATION

The finals round will be scored and considered independent of the scores that were achieved during the preliminary round.

 

All bands will perform in finals and will be scored as one “Open” division; there will be no consideration for division or band size. 

 

Order of performance in finals will be in reverse order of total score during the preliminary round.

 

The following caption and placement awards will be presented during finals based on the best overall scores achieved during the finals competition only.  There are no class awards during the finals contest.

 

  • Best Drum Major

  • Caption Awards for overall high score in – 

    • General Effect (GE Music + GE Visual)

    • Music (Ens + Ind)

    • Visual (Ens + Ind)

    • Color Guard

    • Percussion

 

FINALS RETREAT

Finals will be drum major retreat only.

 

ACCESS TO JUDGES COMMENTARY

Directors should receive an email from Contest Dynamics for audio and digital sheets containing judges comments. 

 

SCORE TABULATION

Our primary source for score tabulation is the use of Contest Dynamics.

 

THANK YOU! - PLEASE ENJOY YOUR DAY!