Each year during the 4th quarter, the band student participate in band olympics. Students are placed on teams, assigned a country, and then compete against one another in a variety of musical events. Winners of each event earn ribbons and prizes. In the end, the winning teams have their name placed on a trophy and win other cool prizes.
All students must model good sportsmanship at all times. Penalities will be assessed for sportsmanship violations. One team will be selected at the end of competition to earn the sportsmanship award and other cool prizes. These are examples of good sportsmanship:
- Be a good audience when other students are competing in competitive events. It can be very intimidating to perform alone in front of a large audience — for this reason, the audience needs to remain seated and quiet during competitive events.
- Be positive. After someone has finished an event, you may cheer for your team and provide encouragement to those competing. Booing is not allowed.
- Respect the decisions of the officials. All times and errors counts are final. If you have a dispute, you may see the official after class.
To earn additional points, each team may complete the following requirements outside of class. No team member may do more than one thing — each team member must contribute in some way to earn all the points.
- Country Profile (3 team members)
- 1 point – draw and color the flag for the country
- 2 points – draw and label a map of the country
- 3 points – find the answers to questions about the country (see the sheet)
- Composer Profile (3 team members) Austria – Haydn; Germany – Bach; Italy – Rossini; France – Saint-Saens; Norway – Grieg; Russia – Tchaikovsky; Czech Republic – Dvorak
- 4 points – find the answers to questions about a composer from their country (see the sheet)
- 5 points – find a recording (either on CD or online) of a famous work by the composer
- 6 points – perform a line out of the book by the composer
- Presentation (1 project manager)
- 7 points – make a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation to the class about their country and composer
The following events will take place over the course of five days. To be eligible for the grand prize, every member of the team must compete in at least one event. Percussionists may only compete on the bells. On timed events, mistakes will add 2 seconds to the overall time. Any individual performing an event with 0 (zero) errors will have 5 seconds deducted from their overall time. All jumping events must be done in one breath, except for the triple jump, which can be done in three breaths.
- 400m – One team member will play line #2 on pages 40-41 starting with the bottom right and continuing clockwise around the pages. This is a timed event and rhythm doesn’t matter — errors will be counted for notes and articulations.
- 1200m – One team member will play line #4 on pages 40-41 starting wtih the bottom right and continuing clockwise around the pages. This is a timed event and rhythm doesn’t matter — errors will be counted for missed notes and articulations.
- Hurdles – One team member will play line #3 on pages 40-41 starting with the bottom right and continuing clockwise around the pages. This is a timed event and rhythm doesn’t matter — errors will be counted for missed notes and inaccurate slurring/tonguing.
- 100m – One team member will play line #179 on page 35. This is a timed event. Errors will be counted for missed notes, rhythms, and inaccurate slurring/tonguing.
- Long Jump – One team member will play any note as long as possible on one breath. Percussionists wanting to participate in this event must sing a single pitch on “LA.”
- High Jump – One team member will play as many notes from the fingering chart on pages 46-47 as possible. The student will start on any low note and go up one note at a time until he/she cannot go any higher. This is NOT a timed event, but it must be done in one breath. Percussionists are not eligible to compete in this event.
- Triple Jump – One team member will play lines 119, 121, and 123 on page 24. This is a timed event, and it must be done in only three breaths. Rhythm doesn’t matter — errors will be counted for missed notes and inaccurate slurring/tonguing. If you are unable to finish all three lines in three breaths, errors will be counted for all notes not played. Percussionists are not eligible to compete in this event.
- Triathlon – One team member will play lines 168 (p. 32), 174 (p. 33) and 181 (p. 35). This is a timed event. Line 168 is to be performed with the correct notes and rhythm. For line 174, notes matter but rhythm doesn’t. For line 181, rhythm matters, but notes don’t. No errors will be counted for inaccurate slurring/tonguing.
- 4 x 400m Relay – Four team members will take turns playing line #1 around the page on pages 40-41. The first team member will play the scale on the bottom right, the next team member will play the scale on the bottom left, the third team member will play the scale on the top left, and the last team member will play the scale on the top right. This is a timed event. All notes must be tongued.